About Us

Established to more systematically address UNDP support to national and local capacity development, the Capacity Development Group was created as part of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) of UNDP.

UNDP supports capacity development initiatives of national governments, civil society organizations, independent national and regional institutions and other stakeholders through advocacy, policy advisory and implementation services.

Services offered

Informed by a rigorous body of evidence drawn from many years of experience on the ground, the Group provides policy advice, helps develop policy guidance, collects and provides evidence on what works and what doesn't, conducts research and analysis, and works as the in-house resource team for training country office and country team colleagues. On-the-ground technical support is provided in conducting capacity assessments, designing and executing capacity development responses, and helping set up systems that measure change in capacity over time.

Country Support

UNDP supports capacity development initiatives of national governments, civil society organizations, independent national and regional institutions and other stakeholders through advocacy, policy advisory and implementation services.

The following is an indicative list of services that UNDP offers to countries; for a more detailed listing of UNDP capacity development services, please see: Supporting Capacity Development: the UNDP Approach .

UNDP provides support to countries for:

  • Engaging with stakeholders in a capacity development process;
  • Integrating capacity development into national development frameworks;
  • Designing and implementing capacity assessments through the application and adaptation of the UNDP capacity assessment methodology and supporting tools or other assessment frameworks;
  • Analysing findings and formulating capacity development responses;
  • Growing and deploying a pool of national and regional capacity development experts, to provide sustained support in the design and application of capacity assessments and capacity development responses;
  • Measuring change in capacity through provision of evaluation methodology and indicators for capacity development responses in different sectors and contexts.

UNDP provides support to countries in Africa , in Arab States , in Asia and the Pacific , in Europe and the CIS and in Latin America and the Caribbean through its network of Regional Centers, Sub-Regional Facilities (SURF) and Country Offices.

Find out more about UNDP's work in capacity development