Women's Empowerment


Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability

Since the Earth Summit twenty years ago, the international community has made historic achievements in advancing human development, including gender equality. But the world continues to face considerable social, economic and environmental challenges, and progress continues to be threatened by more


Institutional and Context Analysis - Guidance Note

The Institutional and Context Analysis Guidance Note is UNDP’s methodology for undertaking political economy analysis to support development programmes. The Guidance Note has emerged as a direct response to demand from Country Offices for a resource that helps UNDP staff understand the political and more


Discussion Paper: What drives institutions to adopt integrated development approaches?

The paper was developed as a foundation for UNDP’s efforts to more rigorously address the poverty-environment nexus in response to the 2010 evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Environmental Management for Poverty Reduction: The Poverty-Environment Nexus as well as the recommendations of the more


From Transition to Transformation: sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia

The report, supported by 13 UN agencies, calls for a transformation to integrated policy making, where social equity, economic growth and environmental protection are approached together. It is a contribution of governments, experts, researchers and development practitioners ahead of the ‘Rio+20’ more


Africa Human Development Report - 2012

The 2012 Human Development Report for Africa explores why dehumanizing hunger remains pervasive in the region, despite abundant agricultural resources, a favorable growing climate, and rapid economic growth rates. It also emphasizes that food security – the ability to consistently acquire enough more


Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties

This publication identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms. The lessons learned and common strategies in this Guide are drawn mainly, but not more


The Development Advocate

The first issue of The Development Advocate showcases the 12 winning entries of UNDP’s first annual storytelling competition in an easy-to-read and cost-efficient newspaper-style format.    When we asked our colleagues around the world for submissions, more


The Business Case for Mainstreaming Gender in REDD+

This paper aims to integrate gender equality considerations into the readiness support delivered by the UN-REDD Programme and seeks to enhance the capacities of governments to design and implement gender-responsive national REDD+ strategies and programmes. Relying on both a human rights and a more


UNDP's Submission to the RIO+20 Preparatory Process

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (or Rio+20), renewed commitment and urgent action are needed to lay a firm foundation for a longer-term process of redressing imbalances, agreeing on priorities, and reforming institutional arrangements at all levels, to bring about more


Supporting Transformational Change

The purpose of this report is to reflect on UNDP’s experience of development cooperation over the past 50 years, and to extract some common themes and general lessons about development cooperation for the future. The report makes the case that development is a long-term proposition and is seldom more


Gender Dimensions of the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund

In 2001, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the first multilateral adaptation finance instruments: the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). The LDCF focuses on the “urgent and immediate adaptation needs” of the more


A Social Determinants Approach to Maternal Health

The fundamental rationale of the social determinants of health approach is not only that social determinants shape health outcomes but that it is possible to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities by analyzing and acting on the most influential of those social determinants. more


Fast Facts: Institutional changes for gender equality in UNDP

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are human rights that lie at the heart of development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  As the UN development agency, empowering women is a prerequisite for success, affecting all aspects of our work.  What does this mean for more


GEPMI Annual Report 2011

In 2010, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) collaborated with leading regional and international experts to develop the Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI). GEPMI is a breakthrough programme whose overarching objective is to contribute to achieving more


Fast Facts: Gender and Environment

Dependent as they are on the environment to feed their families and eke out a living, the world’s poorest people suffer the most from changes in climate and the degradation of natural resources.  The world’s poorest inhabitants – six out of ten of whom are female – are therefore most severely more

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

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Gender Equality and UNDP

The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to the mandate of the United Nations Development Programme. Gender equality, centered in human rights, is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development.

Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

UNDP works to expand women’s citizenship, participation and leadership, and advance women as decision-makers.

Our work on Women's Empowerment
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Knowledge Exchange

Teamworks is UNDP's knowledge sharing exchange that allows development professionals to gain and share knowledge

Human Development Data

Human Development Index (HDI) figures are available as part of the Google Public Data Explorer tool.