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Added on: Aug 20, 2012

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016

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A world of development experience

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. Last year, world leaders adopted the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to continue the work of the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report’s analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

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.

UNDP also administers the UN Capital Development Fund, that helps developing countries grow their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital assistance by means of grants and loans; and UN Volunteers, which fields over 6,000 volunteers from 160 countries in support of peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

Fit-for-purpose to deliver on Agenda 2030

As countries start implementing the 2030 Agenda, UNDP is ready for action.

UNDP’s strength comes from having the trust of developing countries, owing to our impartial character, longstanding presence and commitment to the poorest and most vulnerable. We also play a key role as the backbone of the wider UN Development System, helping agencies work together for sustainable development.

Our Strategic Plan and Structural Change have made us more focused, efficient, and country-oriented. The new structure integrates crisis and gender for the first time in all areas of policy and programmes. UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-17 — centred on seven sets of outcomes, compared to the previous 35 — presents a unifying vision to best help countries eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion.

Our new Integrated Results and Resources Framework clearly shows the allocation of resources and results achieved, allowing stakeholders to easily monitor performance, learn lessons, and hold the organization accountable for the funds entrusted to it. Executive Board members were pleased with the new reporting format based on the Framework, and welcomed the 2015 Annual Report as a step towards greater results-based management.

UNDP has improved standards for program planning and quality assurance, and a robust process for program appraisal. Country Program Documents show better targeting of resources. Data is used more rigorously to inform programming. New quality standards for projects are being rolled out in 2016.

UNDP is today a leaner and more efficient organization, operating even closer to the field.  UNDP’s new structure reflects a staff reduction of 12% at headquarters and regional levels. We have also moved a further 20% of staff from New York to regional hubs to strengthen our support to country offices.

For two consecutive years, the Aid Transparency Index has recognized UNDP as the most transparent development agency in the world, while AidData (2015) names UNDP among the development partners that communicate most frequently with host government counterparts. We have put in place an open data platform that enables wide global usage of data. More details of UNDP’s activities, budgets and results are being published than ever before on open.undp.org, covering 4,743 projects in 155 countries and territories.

As of 1 January 2015, UNDP adopted mandatory Social and Environmental Standards for all of its projects and programmes. These standards will strengthen UNDP’s efforts for increased quality in its programmes and ensure social and environmental benefits for the people we serve.

UNDP is guided by the United Nations Development Group’s common approach implementing the SDGs, called MAPS, or Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support.

Adequate levels of Core Resources and lightly earmarked funds are essential for UNDP to carry out its mandate and to coordinate UN system support to help countries “land” the SDGs.  With about $5 billion in voluntary contributions annually, UNDP remains a partner of choice and passes the “market test” in an environment in which partners can choose from many organizations to work with.

All sources of finance — domestic and international, public and private — are needed to achieve the SDGs. UNDP is redoubling efforts to develop partnerships with International Financial Institutions, civil society, the private sector, as well as individuals.  The aim is to have UNDP support governments in securing increasingly diverse sources of innovative financing for development and ensure that such financing is risk-informed.


Anum Zeb

Anumzeb sikandri from district Bannu of khyber pakhtunkhwa..i did my graduation in 2014 from Khyber law collge Peshawar University soon after started legal proffession after my graduation since then i have appeared in number of cases including Civil Family Banking etc.i am appointed as panel advocate of ZTBL .


Arshid Jan

Arshid Jan is from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He holds an M.Phil degree in International Development Studies, a degree in Law, and dual master degrees in History and Political Science. He has fourteen years of experience mostly in the justice and development sectors, six of which he has practised law. He has worked for Shirkat Gah Women Resource Centre as a research officer, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a gender violence analyst, and the Strengthening Rule of Law Programme of UNDP as sector lead legal aid and access to justice. During his career he held a number of volunteer positions, assignments and conducted court cases. These include Men-Engage Alliance Pakistan, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiatives, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He has managed more than 50 small and medium grants with the NGOs and public sector institutions under different thematic areas including legal aid and access to justice, community based dispute resolution, community based paralegals, clinical legal education, female legal education and legal profession, strengthening bar associations, and capacity building of justice sector partners. He is also coordinating Rule of Law Project inception phase in province of Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. He is passionate about benefiting people in need, empowering women and raising the self-esteem and self-respect of disenfranchised groups.


Edward Suinao

I've recently joined the UNDP's Access to Justice team in Solomon Islands as M&E Officer to its Paralegals Project in partnership with government's primary legal aid provider. The Paralegals project is in the process of rolling out into target provinces and selected rural communities. I want to join this network to learn and interact with people who have been involved in implementing community paralegal programs in other places.

Solomon Islands

Evelyn Edroma

I am a Policy Specialist working with UNDP in New York with over 19 years of experience in access to justice and security sector reform reform and human rights work. I hold a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters of Law in International Human Rights Law and a Masters in Business Administration

United States

Gabriel Dinis

My name is Gabriel Dinis. I am a Bachelor of Laws' student at the Federal University of Bahia. I work as a Community UN Volunteer in the State Court of Justice of Bahia, in Brazil (Roster Number: 1523674). My position directly reflects the progressive development and enlargement of the legal empowerment field of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I assist the State Court with the digital implementation of the new national Unified Execution Electronic System (“SEEU”). Such technology was created to legally empower prisoners and their attorneys to better understand how criminal penalties previously imposed are being executed. In other words, it facilitates access to sensible information related to their cases, such as the amount of time necessary for regime progression and what penalties are being imposed nationally. It also assists judges and tribunals by providing online tools that easily and automatically identify if a prisoner is spending more time in jail than what he/she is supossed to.


Idrees Hayat


Jane Abudho

I am an experienced rule of law and human rights specialist with experience in Africa and South East Asia including countries with conflict and post-conflict zones. Currently I am working with UNDP in Myanmar's Kachin State to advance housing,land and property rights and access to land justice and durable solutions efforts for internally displaced persons.


Jennifer Palmer

As a woman from Sierra Leone i am greatly against gender-based violence ,corruption and inequality .I hope,I and alongside Namati ,we can discuss on ways on how to combat these issues harming our societies and even act on them .I like to see empowered women .

Sierra Leone

Leanne McKay


Mark Rowe

Working on access to justice issues in Solomon Islands with UNDP. Looking at opportunities to partner on community paralegalism and institutionally based paralegals.

Solomon Islands

Minhas yousafzai

Iam Advocate and want to given justice in poor peoples


Nadia Gul

I am legal practitioner and practicing as an Advocate since 2014. I possessed expertise regarding Criminal Cases, Civil litigations, Family matters, FCR (Frontier Crime Regulation) and Service Tribunal matters as well as constitutional cases. Academic Background: BSC. Medical Science. L.L.B ( Legum Baccalaureas). M.I.R ( Masters in International Relations). Diploma in Shariah Law. Work & Internship Experience. Practicing Since September 2014. Worked as Case Manager on GBV. Worked as Legal Counseling Officer on ALAC. Worked as Legal Desk Lawyer/Legal Consultant on SRLP. I have attended several capacity building trainings and also conducted few of trainings as trainers.


Nazia Jan

i am practicing lawyer in lower dir and Peshawar KPK Pakistan Since 2012. i did LLB from Frontier Law College. I did many civil and family cases etc. i attend legal seminars from UNDP and other organisation as well. i also teach LLB students as well. i am proud of my profession.


Raghav Srivastava

I am currently working as a legal consultant with the UNDP and Dakshin Foundation. I graduated from the National Law School of India University in 2013, and have been working in the field of environmental law and policy for the last 4+ years. My work with Dakshin involved empowering field conservationists and citizens, in coastal areas and islands, to participate more effectively in governance. With the UNDP, my work is focused on improving legal literacy and awareness of key stakeholder groups in snow leopard landscapes in the Indian Himalaya.


Salma Zeb

I have over 13 year experience in the rule of law, access to justice, women and community legal empowerment. I started my career as a lawyer and worked with national and international organizations in conflict affected areas of Pakistan. Since September 2012, I have been working as Program Officer Legal Aid with a Rule of Law Program of United Nations Development Program. This Program focuses on community legal empowerment particularly women and other marginalized groups through legal awareness and media campaigns, mobile legal aid clinics, legal advice and consultations at door step, establishment of a referral system to connect communities with the legal aid desks established under the pogramme by civil society organizations in partnership with the bar associations, training and deployment of community paralegals, building trust between community and police through community policing, promotion of female legal profession and legal education. I have assisted programme in designing and implementation of various interventions. I am also coordinating with the partner organizations for smooth operations and timely completion of the activities. I am also assisting programme in organizing and conducting training, workshops, seminars and other events.


Samreen Hakeem

Name: Samreen Hakeem Qualification: Msc, LLB, B.ed Profession: lawyer


Sarah McGuckin

Experienced legal practitioner and administrator of rule of law and human rights-based projects. Currently working as a Rule of Law and Gender Justice Officer with UNDP in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Prior international experience in Africa, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, including experience in International organisations.


Shabnam shabo

I am Shabnam i have join SRLP since 2014 tell up to date


Tetiana Shapkovska

United States

Wafaa Al Kafarna

Project Analyst, Rule of Law and Access to Justice Programme, Palestine

State of Palestine

Zaw Min Naung

A lawyer from Myanmar and currently working for UNDP as a National Field Officer (Rule of Law/ Access to Justice). Sometimes in my work best practices needed to be learnt and I believe this is the right place. I can become part of the larger legal community.