United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.

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.

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Women leading the way to climate-resilience in Moldova

In the small town of Sîngerei, women have been trained to start sustainable businesses. The aim is to empower women and encourage equal participation in resilience-building activities.

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Improving wheat productivity in Kazakhstan

Soil moisture and temperature are critical to seed survival. This method, developed by a joint USAID-UNDP project, determines the best intervals for sowing wheat using meteorological data.

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Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Moldova

The Supporting Moldova’s National Climate Change Adaptation Planning Process project aims to ensure that Moldova has a system in place for medium- to long term adaptation planning and budgeting.

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Ten principles to help assess funding for local climate adaptation

This briefing paper summarises a study by IIED analysing (a) how much support reaches local people and (b) the quality of this support, as measured against ten principles

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Improving the Climate Resilience of Kazakhstan Wheat and Central Asian Food Security

Kazakhstan is a major wheat exporter in Central Asia. Sustainable climate-resilience in the national agriculture sector is therefore a safeguard of food security in the whole region.

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Samoa village adapts to climate change-induced water scarcity

Matafa'a village's only water source was located on the coast where majority of villagers reside.  Climate change impacts has turned the area into hazard zone prone to flooding.

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