Our Approach

The UNDP Strategic Plan (2008-2013) positions capacity development as the organization's core contribution to development. Working in 166 countries, UNDP uses its global presence and experience to help nations strengthen their institutions by supporting the development of policies, processes, skills, knowledge they need to perform better and contribute to the achievement of national development goals.

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UNDP researches, develops, champions and provides evidence-based capacity development approaches, methodologies and innovations. Customizing its advice and support based on the priorities of and requests from partner countries, UNDP works through a systematic capacity development process to help analyze what capacity exists, pin-point what can be strengthened, and advise on policy and investment choices that protect, retain and grow national capacity.

This approach is also firmly integrated into UNDP's thematic work on democratic governance , poverty reduction and achievement of the MDGs , crisis prevention and recovery , environment and sustainable development , and HIV/AIDS .

UNDP supports capacity development particularly at the institutional level because we believe that institutions are at the heart of human development, and that when they are able to perform better, sustain that performance over time, and manage ‘shocks' to the system, they can contribute more meaningfully to the achievement of national human development goals. The diagram below illustrates UNDP's framework for defining, capturing, and communicating capacity development results.

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Support is provided under the lead of the UNDP Country Office, and increasingly, through the UN Country Team. (Please see ‘ Who We Are ' – ‘Services Offered' and ‘Country Support' for details.)