Women's Empowerment


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 to more


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. Upon more


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 were more


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 women more


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 a more


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 learned more


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, perpetuate more


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) in more


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 the more


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 Department more


Fast Facts: Gender and Democratic Governance

UNDP strives to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision making. When women participate in decision-making more


Guidance Note: UNDP's Role in Achieving MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health

This Guidance Note describes and explains UNDP’s role in supporting key  partners to accelerate and sustain progress on MDG 5. It outlines three pillars of UNDP action to improve maternal and reproductive health; highlights initial lessons learned from UNDP efforts in this area; and offers more


UNDP in Action 2011

This report takes stock of achievements made in 2010/2011 and provides momentum for meeting future demands. On the ground in 177 countries and territories worldwide, UNDP continues to assist governments in empowering their citizens through projects and programmes that make a difference in people's more


Chemicals and gender

Guidance document describes important linkages between development, gender, and chemicals management. While policymakers are beginning to understand the important role played by the sound management of chemicals in economic and social development, it is also important to recognize the significant more


Leading Resilient Development - Grassroots Practices & Innovations

This publication presents a set of grassroots women’s development innovations that build community resilience. The women’s groups and collectives described in this publication are grassroots women’s groups, whose survival and everyday lives are directly affected by natural hazards and climate 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.

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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.