Focus Areas

Development Cooperation and Finance

To ensure that Official Development Assistance (ODA) contributes effectively and efficiently to achieving national development goals, UNDP provides assistance to national institutions responsible for international cooperation to enhance their capacities to manage and coordinate external assistance, and facilitate aid planning, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms (e.g. Capacity development support to the Sudanese Ministry of International Cooperation to manage international assistance for national reconstruction, poverty eradication and conflict prevention). more

Gender and Poverty

UNDP promotes gender equality not only as a right and a matter of social justice, but also as a key strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which makes good economic sense. Across the region, UNDP supports of initiatives that focus on gender and economic empowerment, with a particular focus on improving livelihoods for women and youth through a multiple approaches including skills enhancement; participation in income generating activities and microenterprises; awareness of rights; and gender sensitive policy support (e.g., Yemen). more

MDG Strategies

UNDP supports governments in the region to meet their commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 through to MDGs-focused strategic planning and scaling up successful model initiatives. Examples in the region include projects on localizing the MDGs at sub-national level (Governorate of Zarqa – Jordan), food security (Jordan) and MDG framework (Lebanon). more

Inclusive Development

Inclusive development allows people to contribute to creating opportunities, share the benefits of development and participate in decision-making. In pursuit of inclusive development in the region, UNDP supports a wide range of initiatives focusing on employment generation, effective social protection, and the provision of quality public services. Examples include: employment generation initiatives (Somalia, oPt, and Jordan); comprehensive community development schemes (Dahshour-Egypt); extending micro-finance credit and services to needy citizens, particularly focusing on unemployed youth and women (Bahrain); and strengthening institutions that deal with persons with disabilities to remove barriers to their inclusion (Kuwait and Egypt). more

Participatory Local Development

UNDP forges partnerships with governmental and non-governmental institutions at the local level in order to make national development planning more responsive to local realities and link it to local action. Examples include area based development in Iraq, supporting the empowerment of local communities in Zarqa through Community Radio, in Jordan and strengthening Civil Society Organizations and the expansion of their role in development, in Kuwait. more

Poverty assessment and monitoring

UNDP works closely with national institutions to enhance the accuracy and reliability of data that is essential for understanding, monitoring and analyzing poverty dynamics in the region, which in turn forms the basis for policy formulation and planning. Examples include supporting statistics and planning in Djibouti; sustainable development policy and planning in Saudi Arabia; poverty analysis and monitoring in Jordan; and the Social Contract Centre in Egypt. more

Private Sector

Through a number of private sector development initiatives, UNDP partners with businesses in some countries in the region to maximize the potential of private enterprise for inclusive growth, reducing poverty and fostering social cohesion by creating jobs, providing goods and services, and paying taxes to finance essential services and infrastructure (e.g., Tunisia, Somalia, Sudan and Iraq). more

Trade, Intellectual Property and Migration

In a number of countries in the region, UNDP helps governments to capitalize on benefits of Globalization advance human development, in areas such as trade, investment, migration and intellectual property rights. The “Youth Employment and Migration Project” in Tunisia provides a good example of this work. more

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