UN Calling Asia: focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea entrepeneurs and Indian traditions

A scavenger picks through garbage in Jakarta, Indonesia. World Bank File Photo/Farhana Asnap

The challenge of reducing Indonesia's "pockets of poverty"

Reducing poverty in Indonesia by helping up to 80 million people who live on under US$2 a day remains the key challenge for Indonesian authorities, a UN aid expert said last week. Although the Asian country is seeing massive economic prosperity, “pockets of poverty” remain hard to reach. But tackling poverty is just one of the many problems Indonesia faces, according to Douglas Broderick, veteran UN Resident Coordinator in the country. He spoke with Daniel Johnson about the other development challenges Indonesia faces.


Kumul Game Changers training. Photo: UNDP/Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea entrepreneurs challenged to develop new business ideas

Entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea are being challenged to develop innovative business ideas that contribute to the South-East Asian country's development. Forty projects have been chosen as part of the Kumul Game Changers initiative launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The teams behind those projects will receive training on how to pitch their ideas to potential investors. Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to Roy Trivedy, the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea.


Traffic in Port-au-Prince. MINUSTAH File Photo

Indian technician in Haiti preserves traditions of his homeland

As an Indian living in Haiti, Prasad Ranganath feels it is very important that he preserve some of the traditions from back home. When he arrived three-and-a-half years ago to work for the UN's local radio station as a broadcast technician, he says he had no idea what to expect about his new life in the Caribbean. But he did know he would try and keep ties with the several hundred other Indians in the country to make the transition far from his family a little easier. Stephanie Coutrix met with Mr Ranganath at his work place in the capital Port-au-Prince, and began by asking him about what his first impressions were of Haiti.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00

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