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Having a job can be an escape route from poverty, whereas lacking one is often a direct route to a life of multiple deprivations. Jobs are not just about money. Work is a source of income, for sure, but also, crucially, a source of dignity. That is why employment is at the heart of the human development agenda.
The simple truth is that without setting realistic targets and making regular, credible measurements, it is just not possible to demonstrate progress in our work. No matter how much money we invest, no matter how creative our programming … we have no way prove our impact.
The UNDP team were invited to be mentors at the Jacobs Startup Competition on account of their long years of experience in coaching and mentoring small and medium-sized businesses with the Self-Employment Programme. The event will give them the opportunity to apply their experience with start-ups in an international setting.
The problem of youth unemployment is particularly acute in the Western Balkans. In this country, more than half of working-age young people are jobless. This is not a transitory phenomenon: 77 percent of the jobless have been looking for work for more than a year, and even those with decent jobs needed on average six years to find something after leaving school.
“My Municipality” is an online tool that is inspired by “My world,” an online survey that the United Nations has been conducting so that world leaders will have a better sense of what ordinary citizens really want in the years to come.
A total of four youth info clubs will open throughout May and June this year at universities in Skopje, Tetovo, Bitola and Stip. Their aim is to strengthen the links between potential employers and new graduates. The clubs will not only provide students with career advice and up-to-date info on all the latest employment opportunities, but also offer guest lectures with career advice from private companies, public administration officers, NGOs and international organisations.
Fighting domestic violence is a top priority for the United Nations. This is because violence against women and girls is the most pervasive and widespread human rights violation in the world. Globally, roughly one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.
The country’s first one-stop app for job-seekers—Prv.mk—has just been launched together with a brand new website.The app can be downloaded free at Google Play. With Prv.mk, young people can find out about all the latest job openings across the country, including internships, volunteer positions and entry-level job placements.
Today saw the launch of a newly refurbished nursery in Pehcevo that is set to improve the care provided for the youngest citizens of the Municipality—toddlers up to two years of age.
Participants at the discussion included over 30 journalists and editors, a number of MPs and Government ministers, as well as NGO representatives and experts on the issue of domestic violence. A clear message emerged from the discussion — the message that only an integrated and joint approach involving all key stakeholders will be effective in changing attitudes to domestic violence.
All women and girls have a right to live in a world free of violence. However, many women around the globe have suffered violence in their lifetime and many more have comforted a sister or friend following an attack.
UNDP organized a roundtable on employment of persons with disabilities, as a stage in the preparation of a comprehensive report which elaborates on EU policies and best practices in this field. Representatives from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Chamber of Commerce, the Community of Sheltered Companies, as well as experts and disability activists attended this event.