UN Staff Development Fund continues during tough timesListen /
One of the side effects of the economic downturn has been donor fatigue, but the 'UN Staff 1% for Development Fund' has been able to thrive during these tough times.
It was created in Geneva in 1977 to make micro-grants to community projects in developing countries, which range from village libraries, to day care center training, to carpentry, to honey bee-keeping.
Members of the Fund keep in touch with local contacts that supervise and monitor the development projects, which are selected for their potential to become self-sustaining.
The 1% for Development Fund at UN headquarters is an association comprised of about 100 staff and former staff members, but is independent of the United Nations and its agencies.
Julie Walker spoke with Pat Duffy from the New York 1% Fund's Management Committee.