United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

July 3, 2020 Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
September 19, 2017 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby
February 4, 2016 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to advance local capacity in pursuit of the eradication of poverty and reduction of inequalities, globally.

Mission and Purpose

UNDP is active in some 170 countries and territories, aiming "to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion" by working with countries to "develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results." [1]

Inclusive growth, improved services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress, so the UNDP offers expert advice, training, and support "in development thinking and practice in order to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations." [2]

As of 2020, the UNDP is continuing its work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 year.

Origins and Development 

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

Specializations, Methods and Tools

Major Projects and Events

Analysis and Lessons Learned


See Also

United Nations

UN Development Program Democratic Constitution Project in Tunisia

SDGs Kenya Forum for Sustainable Development: 'Leave No One' Behind National Dialogues


[1] UNDP. About Us.

[2] European Commission. UNDP - United Nations Development Programme.

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