Women's Empowerment

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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 themore


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 formore


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 achievingmore


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 severelymore


Gender and Water: UNDP Water Governance Issue Series

Water management activities gain efficiency and impact when both women and men are involved in decision-making. Equitable access to and management of water is fundamental in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. This applies to women’s and men’s equitable access tomore


Gender Dimensions of the Clean Development Mechanism

Established by the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has two concurrent objectives: to reduce emissions and promote sustainable development. A market-based mechanism, the CDM generates funds through investments in emissions-reduction projects in developing countries. Uponmore


Gender Dimensions of the Climate Investment Funds

The evolving family of Climate Investment Funds (CIF) comprises international investment instruments designed to offer interim funding to support developing countries’mitigation and adaptation efforts. Jointly established by The World Bank and regional multilateral development banks, the Funds weremore


Gender Dimensions of the Adaptation Fund

The enormous cost of adaptation combined with vulnerable countries’ limited resources make designing and implementing climate change adaptation programmes extraordinarily challenging. Though capacity and knowledge baselines vary significantly among and within countries and regions, many womenmore


Integrated Approach to Disaster Recovery: A toolkit on Cross-cutting Issues - Lessons from the Tsunami Recovery Unit

This publication was developed by the Tsunami Recovery Unit of UNDP Sri Lanka as an attempt to document our experiences in integrating cross-cutting issues into the post-tsunami recovery effort and to synthesize some valuable analyses, ideas, lessons learnt and recommendations into amore


Practice Note on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-combatants

This UNDP Practice Note is a contribution to a wider UN effort to enhance cooperation and improve effectiveness in the area of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration(DDR) of ex-combatants. This Practice Note defines DDR and outlines UNDP’s role in the process. It reflects on lessons learnedmore


Making Disaster Risk Reduction Gender-Sensitive Policy and Practical Guidelines

Disasters don’t discriminate, but people do. Existing socio-economic conditions mean that disasters can lead to different outcomes even for demographically similar communities - but inevitably the most vulnerable groups suffer more than others. Research reveals that disasters reinforce, perpetuatemore


Can Conflict Analysis Processes Support Gendered Visions of Peacebuilding? Reflections from the Peace and Stability Development Analysis in Fiji

This paper was prepared at the request of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery to highlight key issues, lessons and opportunities with regard to the integration of gender issues and concerns in conflict analysis processes such as the Peace and Stability Development Analysis (PSDA) inmore


Gender Guidelines for Mine Action Programmes

The United Nations Gender Guidelines for Mine Action Programmes are intended to help United Nations mine action policy makers and field personnel to incorporate gender perspectives in all relevant mine action initiatives and operations. The development of the guidelines has been informed by themore


Policy briefing paper: Gender Sensitive Police Reform in Post Conflict Societies

To further the UN’s commitment to empower women and work towards gender equality in times of war and of peace,in 2006, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP/BCPR) and the Departmentmore

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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UNDP's Annual Report
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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Knowledge Exchange

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

Human Development Data

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