UNDP's Gender and Crisis Facility 


As rising gender inequality is both a consequence and driver of crisis and fragility, UNDP's Gender and Crisis Facility represents an ambitious but vital commitment to harness UNDP's considerable strengths and resources to tackle some of the persistent drivers of gender inequality and crisis head-on. 


The Facility provides thought leadership, dedicated gender-and-crisis capacity, and technical support to HQ teams, Regional Hubs and country offices, to help scale-up successful gender transformational initiatives that respond to the evolving needs of women and girls in crisis and fragile contexts.

The work of the Facility supports programming that challenges harmful social norms, patriarchal values and institutions. It represents a strong commitment to move away from tokenism and address the power imbalances that feed inequalities, conflicts and other crises.

In line with UNDP's Crisis Offer 2.0 and Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025, the Facility's areas of work include:

  • Dedicated Gender-and-Crisis Capacity

    The Facility strengthens the quality of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment programme design and delivery by ensuring that gender equality is ‘baked into’ the foundations of UNDP’s work and contributes to greater overall gender responsiveness in crisis settings.

  • Gender-Responsive Data and Analysis

    The Facility supports a range of activities to ensure that up-to-date knowledge is available to address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of those hardest hit by fragility and crisis.

  • Country Support

    The Facility strengthens country-level programming through its support to the Gender Equality Seal programme’s new crisis track.

  • Seed Funding

    The Facility is mobilizing seed funding to scale up initiatives, piloting new areas of work and innovative ways of working. This innovative funding will catalyze new initiatives, closing a funding gap that prevents as-yet-unproven methods from being tried.

Guiding Documents

    UNDP is fully committed to putting gender equality at the center of all its interventions, on the basis that gender inequality drives conflict and crises and that conflict and crises negatively impact inequalities. Sustainable peace, recovery and development will only be attained if root causes of inequality are addressed through the full suite of UNDP engagements in crisis settings. 

    UNDP has developed a 10-Point Action Agenda for Advancing Gender Equality in Crisis Settings (10PAA), a roadmap to guide its development programming towards results that will help transform and advance gender equality in crisis contexts and achieve the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The 10PAA is central to UNDP’s new Crisis Offer, as well as its new Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025. It represents a strong corporate commitment to addressing the most stubborn roots of gender inequalities. The 10PAA highlights the components of an integrated framework needed to support a whole-of-system approach. Innovation, digitization, data, technology and behavioural science are seen as key enablers to facilitate the work.

    The strategic results framework provides a joint vision for action to advance implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and related resolutions on women and peace and security. United Nations entities commit to take concrete actions under the four goal areas -- Prevention, Participation, Protection, Releif and Recovery -- in order to strengthen support to national implementation, strengthen the basis on which to assess progress and improve system-wide coordination on women, peace and security.

    UNDP helps countries anticipate, prevent, respond to and recover from crisis, every day, and in every development context. As the world experiences rising violent conflict, the impacts of the climate crisis, deepening mistrust in institutions, and the sharpest drop in human development in decades, we are stepping up our crisis offer. Today, we focus on breaking the cycle of fragility, getting ahead of the crisis curve, and investing in hope - from jobs to justice - in times of crisis.

    UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025 describes the future direction of UNDP work on gender equality and the empowerment of women, complementing the Strategic Plan 2022-2025. The challenge for the next four years will be to help governments shift systems and power structures that generate gender inequalities and women’s disempowerment. The UNDP commitment to gender equality is integral to all efforts to expand people’s choices, realize a just and sustainable world, and achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.