Changing with the World - The UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017

23 Sep 2013


This document signals UNDP’s determination to become more focused, results-driven, effective, and efficient. In developing the plan, we have been mindful of the importance of keeping it consistent with the outcome of the QCPR, and other important guidance, such as the Outcome Document of Rio+20.

The draft plan proposes a clear vision focused on reducing poverty in ways which simultaneously reduce inequality and exclusion. This communicates clearly to our organization around the world that our work must be designed to help us contribute to the fulfillment of that vision. This plan contains considerably fewer outcomes than its predecessor did. That will help ensure that our programming is more focused and that the results being sought are clearer.

The plan makes it clear that South-South and triangular cooperation will be cornerstones of our work. Our involvement with these modalities has been growing. Now we need to ensure that our systems are fit for purpose for this work. Many of the potential solutions to policy challenges in the South have already been implemented by others in the South. UNDP can be a powerful partner in sharing experience and technologies across countries and regions.

Draft plan encourages UNDP to provide thought leadership on the overarching issue of how to transform economies so that they boost growth in ways which are both positively biased towards the poor and economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. It recognizes the importance of the creation of sustainable jobs and livelihoods. This is of huge importance to many countries where persistently high rates of unemployment, particularly among youth, impede human development.

The Plan also recognizes that rapid rates of urbanization across the developing world need to be factored into our thinking. Poverty is no longer a predominantly rural problem. 

The plan emphasizes that building resilience is fundamental to sustaining human development. Whether that is created by better planning, better governance, creating more diversified economies, expanding social protection, disaster risk reduction, or building infrastructure for peace will depend on each country’s circumstances. All countries live with risk – the essence of development is building the systems to adapt and mitigate, so that countries can continue to transform and progress. 


  • Poverty eradication cannot be achieved by any single actor nor by any single policy or institutional intervention.
  • The highest priorities for our work will differ between countries in response to national demand, in line with the principle of country ownership reaffirmed by the QCPR.
  • Support for democratic and effective governance will continue to be central to our work – and it must be continually updated.
  • Eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development goals are difficult to achieve in countries affected by conflict or its aftermath.
  • UNDG Standard Operating Procedures for the Delivering as One approach, with an associated action plan to simplify and harmonise rules, policies, and procedures in programming, reporting, finance, human resources, and other administrative services.
  • On the functioning of the RC system, it is worth noting that the diversity of the body of Resident Coordinators in terms of geographical and gender representation and system-wide participation is at an all-time high.
  • The new funding modality for system-wide cost-sharing of the Resident Coordinator system begins in 2014, and ensures broader system-wide support for coordination.

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