How We Do It
UNDP’s work is structured around four pillars in which it has comparative advantage over other development partners/players: poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development. All of these support UNDP’s overarching goal of human development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Strategic Plan emphasizes that if human development is ‘what we do,’ then capacity development is ‘how we do it.’ In consultation with national governments and various local and international partners, UNDP identifies needs or constraints in achieving human development goals in the country. These constraints may range from a weak public sector that hampers effective delivery of public services to citizens to the lack of capacity in national governments to restore a cohesive society in a conflict-ridden country. UNDP attempts to ensure that, either directly or indirectly, people, governments, institutions and communities are provided with the tools and training required to take charge of addressing their own needs in a way that can be sustainable. The fundamental premise is that all countries need to proceed on their national development paths while UNDP’s role is to ensure that they are better equipped for it, despite differences in their development levels.
Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNDP is committed to supporting the capacity development of its national partners to adopt approaches that advance women’s rights and take account of the full range of their contributions to development, as a foundation for MDG achievement.
UNDP supports the capacity development of its national partners by getting developing countries to work together to find solutions to common development challenges.