Women's Empowerment

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The Global Conversation Begins - Emerging views for a new development agenda

The United Nations and partners have launched an unprecedented series of consultations with people the world over to seek their views on a new development agenda to build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This global conversation responds to a growing call for activemore

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The Political Economy of Transitions: Comparative Experiences

The regime changes in the Arab world – in particular, Tunisia and Egypt – and the process of economic and political reform initiated in Myanmar have renewed international interest in transitions from authoritarian to democratic rule. This paper asserts that with clearer analysis and understandingmore

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The Political Economy of Transitions: governance assessment and measurements in political transitions

This discussion paper examines existing methods for measuring aspects of political transitions. The paper  canvasses and examines existing measurement tools that focus on some, but not all, relevant dimensions of transitions and, in many cases, require the use of proxies. The measurementmore

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Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

Conflict, violence, crime and disasters disrupt or destroy a country’s basic systems and institutions. While both men and women may suffer, the relatively disadvantaged situation of women and girls, their distinctive social obligations and responsibilities, and especially their exposure to gendermore

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Seeing Beyond the State - Grassroots Womens Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption

Corruption is global phenomenon and a major obstacle to development and economic growth in the global South. Although it affects all social classes and groups, women (and poor women in particular) are among the most affected. In order to better understand corruption from the perspective of women atmore

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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 bymore

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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 andmore

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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 themore

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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

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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 enoughmore

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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 notmore

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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

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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 amore

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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 aboutmore

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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 seldommore

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New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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Fast Facts
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.

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