Source description last updated: 23 October 2017

In brief: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), formed in 1965 and headquartered in New York, is the United Nations' global development network providing recommendations, trainings and grants to support developing countries.

Coverage on ecoi.net:
National Human Development Reports (SR) and selected other reports (SR)
Covered quarterly on ecoi.net, NHDR for countries of priorities A-E (all available countries), other reports for priorities A-C.

UN Development Programme’s vision is “to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.” (UNDP website: UNDP Strategic Plan: 2014-17, undated)

Working in over 170 countries, UNDP helps “countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. […] UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change.” (UNDP website: About us, undated)

“Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. We offer our expertise in development thinking and practice, and our decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.” (UNDP website: Our Work, undated)

“UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas: Sustainable development; Democratic governance and peacebuilding; Climate and disaster resilience. […]
In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. […]
In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources. […]
We also play a key role as the backbone of the wider UN Development System, helping agencies work together for sustainable development.” (UNDP website: About us, undated)

“In 2015, UNDP received total contributions of $4.5 billion, composed of $703 million in regular resources and $3.8 billion in other resources.” (UNDP website: Top Contributors, undated)

“The largest share of contributions received by UNDP in 2015, amounting to 55 per cent, was from funds earmarked to programmes or projects. Of this 19 per cent were domestic resources from programme countries (government costsharing). Vertical funds were the second largest, amounting to 20 per cent, followed by regular resources (16 per cent) and UN pooled funding (6 per cent). Resources from the provision of management and other support services (RSS) and thematic funding accounted for 2 per cent and 1 per cent of contributions, respectively.” (UNDP website: Funding Compendium 2015, undated, p.7)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: More than 170 countries in Africa, Asia, the Arab States, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
Thematic focus: Sustainable development; Democratic governance and peacebuilding; Climate and disaster resilience; poverty reduction, inclusive growth and productive employment, gender equality and the empowerment of women, HIV and health, access to water and sanitation, climate change adaptation, access to sustainable energy, sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems, oceans governance, and promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies.

“The annual Human Development Report is UNDP’s flagship independent publication. […] The independent teams of experts who write the Reports draw on a worldwide network of leaders from academia, government and civil society who contribute data, ideas, and best practices.” (UNDP website: Frequently Asked Questions, undated)

The Human Development Reports are produced by the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Discussions were held with experts in various disciplines “starting with an informal sounding round, followed by consultations with a designated advisory panel for the 2015 Report. […] The Statistical Advisory Panel plays a critical role in extending expert advice on methodologies and data choices related to the calculation of the Report’s indices. […] The composite indices and other statistical resources in the Report also rely on the expertise of the leading international data providers in their specialized fields. […] The Report also benefitted from dialogues with representatives from national statistical offices to further refine and update source data used for the compilation of internationally generated indicators.” (HDR website: Human Development Report 2015, p. V, 2015)

“Community based monitoring is ensured through the establishment of local project committees that are responsible for following up and monitoring the implementation of activities in the field. […] UNDP staff undertake regular field visits. Field teams, technical teams and monitoring officers visit project sites to monitor the, progress and validate reported results. […] Third party monitoring is undertaken by partner NGOs and other UN Agencies that are not involved in the projects. […] UNDP also developed an electronic database to document and track all projects and relevant information from the field.” (UNDP website: 365 days of Resilience in Syria, March 2015)

The “Case Study: Assessing the impact of diaspora investments in Tunisia”, for instance, is “based on a descriptive and comparative analysis of administrative data on diaspora investments in the industrial, service and agriculture sectors, as well as a survey of 400 diaspora-owned and other foreign-owned companies […] Surveying diaspora as well as other foreign investors as a comparison group, it advances our understanding of how diaspora investments differ from other foreign direct investments.” (UNDP website: Case Study : Assessing the impact of diaspora investments in Tunisia”, September 2016)

Language(s) of publications:
Most of UNDP’s publications are only available in English.

Further reading / links:
Human Development Reports
All links accessed 22 October 2016.
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