A world of development experience

Woman casting her vote in Tunisia
UNDP supports an election in the world every two weeks. Photo: UNDP in Tunisia

Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals.

We focus on helping countries build and share solutions in four main areas:

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.

UNDP also administers the UN Capital Development Fund, which promotes microfinance in 48 least developed countries; and UN Volunteers, which fields over 7,300 volunteers from 160 countries in support of peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

Changing with the world:
UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017


With the changing world as the backdrop, and building on our core strengths, our vision is focused on making the next big breakthrough in development: to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

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Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group.

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UNDP at a glance

170+ The number of countries and territories where UNDP is working on the ground


95% of UNDP's partners consider the organization to be a "critical partner" in contributing to the MDGs


26 The average number of elections that UNDP supports every year around the world

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UNDP in Action 2013
Supporting Global Progress

UNDP has decades of concrete development experience in countries ranging from fragile States to middle-income countries like Brazil and Indonesia. This, combined with our four focus areas, make us uniquely situated and qualified to answer the UN’s call for a better and more sustainable future.

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