How We Work

  • Gender Equality in Public Administration 
    Public administration is the bedrock of government and the central instrument through which national policies and programmes are implemented. In an ideal world, public administration is guided by principles of fairness, accountability, justice, equality and non-discrimination. However, globally, this is not yet the reality and, women remain underrepresented in decision-making in public administration. In many developed and developing countries, public administration often remains a patriarchal institution, perpetuating gender-biased traditions, attitudes and practices.
    UNDP’s Global Initiative on Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) was developed, with two key priorities:(i) Supporting women’s empowerment and expanded participation and leadership in the executive branch of the state; and (ii) Contributing to the availability of up-to-date information on gender equality in public administration and of evidence and analysis to facilitate informed policy and decision-making. Learn more about the GEPA Initiative.

  • iKNOW Politics
    In 2007, recognizing that women’s gains in the political arena over the last century have been slow and inadequate, UNDP, in collaboration with the International IDEA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and  UNWOMEN came together to devise a strategy that would boost each of the organization’s efforts to foster gender equality in politics.  The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is an online, interactive network that pools resources, experts and networks in order to enhance worldwide women’s access to information, expertise, new knowledge and dialogue about the promotion of women’s political participation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. iKNOW Politics is accessible in Arabic, English, Español and French.
  • Increasing women's representation in politics
    When a new affirmative action quota sparked widespread debate on the issue of gender-balance in Indonesia's Government, civil society organizations launched voter education initiatives, media campaigns and public dialogues, with support from UNDP. A number of political parties and some government agencies also backed these efforts. Among the 38 parties competing in 2009 election, nearly two thirds nominated at least one women candidate for every three male candidates — meeting or surpassing the quota's target of 30 percent women. Even without an effective law, heightened public awareness resulted in real support for women in politics in the world's largest Muslim nation.
  • Gender-responsive planning and budgeting
    Are financial resources generated and allocated in a way that affects women and men equitably? The Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative in Africa (GEPMI-Africa) looks at economic policies and poverty reduction strategies so that they benefit both poor women and poor men. UNDP's Gender Needs Assessment tools and training support programmes that promote gender equality and women's empowerment. The Gender and Taxation Initiative analyzes taxation and tax reform.
  • Increasing women's representation in politics
    Ongoing and intensive work for women's empowerment includes many innovative approaches. UNDP and partners launched a project on Gender and the MDGs in Cambodia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and Peru that integrated gender perspectives into national poverty plans and MDG reports. Another initiative established a master's degree programme in Gender Analysis and Economics with a university in Uganda. In Kyrgyzstan, the Land Rights and Economic Security project provided legal advice to rural women and men on land ownership and rights.