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SparkBlue is a digital platform curated by facilitators and advisors across UNDP, connecting internal Communities of Practice and external, multi-stakeholder engagements that em

power UN entities to engage in creating new knowledge and distilling critical learning insights in real-time. 

With a suite of tools and features, SparkBlue empowers UN agencies to think out loud, learn from each other, connect, collaborate and co-create. It drives inclusive and measurable engagements that empower collaborative learning, discussion, and collective intelligence.

Spanning e-discussions, challenges, e-courses, webinars, interactive dashboards, SparkBlue is accessible to anyone, anywhere. It’s an effort for the UN community to jointly scale up our efforts to become more inclusive, incorporating a broader variety of voices and viewpoints in our work for the Decade of Action.  

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Data Futures Platform

As technical lead of the UN’s socio-economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP brings together the COVID-19 Data Futures Platform, which translates multidimensional data into actionable, evid

ence based insights that foster system thinking and co-creation of policy initiatives. Drawing on data from across the UN system and partners, simulations focus on the most critical recovery challenges in an interactive way for rapid decision making and sensemaking, including those which are instrumental in advancing poverty alleviation and social protection.

The platform is intended for policy makers, including government officials and UN staff, international organizations, grass roots movements, think tanks and academia.

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Gender-based Violence and COVID-19

Gender-based violence (GBV) increases during every type of emergency – whether economic crises, conflict or disease outbrea

ks. Pre-existing toxic social norms and gender inequalities, economic and social stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with restricted movement and social isolation measures, have led to an exponential increase in GBV.  

This briefing note provides concrete actions and strategies that UNDP, UN agencies and other development partners can take to prevent and address GBV in the context of COVID-19. It includes recommendations for adapting dedicated GBV services and support to the crisis context, and for mainstreaming GBV prevention and response in 'non-GBV specific' interventions. 

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How to Integrate Gender into Socio-Economic Assessments

Women and girls are being differently impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and could face disproportionate economic, heal

th and social risks. These gender-differentiated socio-economic risks must be recognized for an effective COVID-19 response and recovery.  

This in-depth checklist can be used to guide UNDP Country Offices, UN agencies, countries and other partners to ensure that key gender equality considerations are taken into account when conducting a Social and Economic Impact Assessment and Response. The checklist can be applied to both the on-going emergency and post-emergency COVID-19 scenarios. 

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WASH Accountability Mapping Tools

Ensuring the sustainability of investments in the WASH sector remains a major challenge in ma

ny parts of the world. WASH projects still fail within a few years of completion, putting access to safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation at risk. Communities that still have access to water and sanitation services struggle with poor service provision. Good governance of the WASH sector, within an accountability framework, is crucial for the national sector to deliver sustainable results at scale. 

This brochure presents an overview of the WASH Accountability Mapping Tools, a set of methods developed for assisting groups in understanding accountability relations in their WASH context and planning improvement actions. Accountability mapping tools are participatory instruments developed to assess the status and quality of accountability lines within the water and sanitation sector. They enable participants to review practices in any country at the local or sector level. The mapping helps to identify the accountability weaknesses to be addressed, the actors who should be engaged in this work and potential improvement actions. 

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Economics of Adaptation Toolkit

Understanding the economic costs and benefits of climate change at the micro and sectoral level requires detailed information of the sector and the potential vulnerabilities.

While there have been numerous ad hoc reports aimed at understanding the impact of climate change on different economies, detailed data that is required for rigorous evaluation and understanding of the impact and optimal adaptation strategy is typically lacking.

This toolkit addresses these gaps and provids a capacity building programme aimed at strengthening the skills and knowledge base of technical officers in Ministries of Planning and Finance as well as in line ministries including environment, agriculture and water, on the economics of adaptation as it relates to medium- and long-term national, sub-national and sectoral development plans. It is supported by UNDP, in collaboration with USAID’s Adapt Asia-Pacific programme.

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Crisis Risk Dashboard
The Crisis Risk Dashboard is a tool for data aggregation and visualization to support contextual risk analysis conducted by UNDP and the wider UN system.
It gathers a broad range of datasets to strengthen evidence-based assessments through tailored use of overlaid visuals, graphs and maps. In addition to the global dashboard, two regional and some 20 country-specific dashboards are available.

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DesInventar Sendai
With increased understanding of the disaster trends and their repercussions, better prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures can be planned to reduce the impact of disasters. The Disaster
Information Management System is a conceptual and methodological tool that helps analyse disaster trends and their impacts in a systematic manner and generates National Disaster Inventories and databases of damage, losses and the effects of disasters.

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UNSDG Social Protection Coordination Toolkit

This toolkit provides policymakers and practitioners with an applied and adaptable framework with which to assess the state

of coordination in their social protection systems. It also provides examples of efforts to improve coordination from different countries around the world. The toolkit is structured to delineate various levels of coordination, outline a practical assessment methodology for users to apply in various country contexts to determine the level of existing and needed coordination, and provide concrete experiences from countries that illustrate ways to improve coordination in social protection. 

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Financing Solutions for Sustainable Development Toolkit
This platform is designed for practitioners, including public officials, policy makers, in-country stakeholders, and researchers who want to diversify the mix of development finance tools at
their disposal. It provides the knowledge to foster participation in development finance activities, and to mobilize and make more effective use of public and private financial resources for sustainable development. The toolkit can be used to examine the potential advantages, disadvantages, risks, and characteristics of the financing solutions in the context of your work and country setting.