Our focus


Next generation UNDP

Today's development challenges are complex and each context is different. That's why we tailor our work to fit the needs of the countries and communities we serve.

UNDP's Strategic Plan (2022-2025) describes how UNDP intends to work together with our partners to deliver what’s required of us in these extraordinary times. This bold, ambitious Plan is structured around “3x6x3” – 3 directions of change, 6 signature solutions and 3 enablers – a clear framework for where we need to head. Over the next four years, we will work with countries to expand people’s choices for a fairer, sustainable future. Helping to get us back on track to deliver on the SDGs.

Three development settings

Eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions

Accelerate structural transformations

Build resilience to shocks and crises

To respond to these issues, and better focus its resources and expertise to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, UNDP has identified a set of approaches that we call our Signature Solutions.

Six Signature Solutions

Signature Solutions are integrated responses to development against which we align our resources and expertise, to make real impact.

Keeping people out of POVERTY

GOVERNANCE for peaceful, just, and inclusive societies

Crisis prevention and increased RESILIENCE

ENVIRONMENT: nature-based solutions for development

Clean, affordable ENERGY

Women's empowerment and GENDER equality

Each Solution includes a mix of policy advice, technical assistance, finance, and programmes. Each solution has the potential to unlock the path to sustainable development. But no one solution will succeed on its own. We need all of them to achieve the SDGs.

UNDP in Afghanistan

ABADEI is UNDP’s flagship crisis response programme launched in 2021 as part of the overall UN system’s response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of the country’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power in Afghanistan. 

ABADEI, which denotes communities being resilient and inspires hope for a better future in several local languages, is a tailored area-based integrated programming approach to support basic human needs, complementing short-term humanitarian life-saving assistance with the safeguarding of livelihoods and the strengthening of community resilience. It focuses on addressing worsening poverty and vulnerability, supporting community resilience and social cohesion and enabling the rehabilitation of small-scale infrastructure vital for basic human needs.

The geographic target of the ABADEI programme is based on the eight administrative regions of the country. Separate programme strategies have been development for each area, considering their specific needs and characteristics.

The ABADEI Strategy will be implemented in two phases: 6-12 months for the immediate first phase for preservation and safeguarding of essential services and livelihoods and a subsequent 12 months for the second phase focusing on enhancing community resilience.

The priority of Phase 1 is to support the delivery of essential services such as health, water and electricity in an equitable manner, while providing short-term earning opportunities, targeted basic income and safeguarding livelihoods. The focus of Phase 2 is to expand the range of interventions to build a more integrated approach and strengthen community resilience. ABADEI is an integrated approach based on three guiding concepts: Resilience, Integration and Community Engagement.

The ABADEI programme prioritizes interventions in four key areas of work where it will intervene simultaneously and in a coordinated fashion:

  1. Provision of essential services
  2. Community livelihoods and local economic activities
  3. Protecting farm-based livelihoods from natural disasters
  4. Community resilience and social cohesions

Download ABADEI Programme Brochure