Organization of Development Assistance
UNDP is the United Nations' 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 177 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.
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.
Global Policies And Priorities
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:
- Democratic Governance
- Poverty Reduction
- Crisis Prevention & Recovery
- Environment & Energy
UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development 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.
UNDP advocates for human development in all of its programme countries by offering policy advice, technical assistance and operational services, as well as advocating key human development issues through the publication of Human Development Reports. UNDP also monitors and advocates for the achievement of MDGs in collaboration with wider UN system and stakeholders. Using its worldwide network, interventions are geared towards the sharing of knowledge and experience, the strengthening of national capacity and the building of partnerships.
Type Of Assistance
In Ghana, UNDP supports national efforts and capacity building for sustainable human development in line with Ghana’s own development strategies. The UNDP Country Programme for Ghana, which covers the period 2012-2016, is derived from the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and is in line with Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda. The programme focuses on the following three thematic areas: Democratic Governance, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.
Partnership And Communication
UNDP recognizes the need to further improve coordination of its development programming, enhance the communication of its development results and strengthen its strategic partnerships. Consequently, the Partnerships and Communications Cluster performs the necessary functional role to ensure that effective coordination is achieved by cultivating productive partnerships with the Government of Ghana (GoG), bilateral and multilateral partners, private sector and civil society.
To ensure that the development outcomes are achieved, the partnerships cluster additionally coordinates the communications for development, development effectiveness, (and) strategic communications and advocacy to ensure that UNDP Ghana's development results are communicated within the organization and to the external publics to demonstrate (to) UNDP's development investment impact.
Among many different aspects and functions of the cluster, is the support to communication for development through the promotion of professionalism and responsibility within the media which is undoubtedly a precious tool for national development. The cluster provides institutional support to national media institutions in a bid to entrench the culture of development reportage and provide technical advisory. Programmatic support in the area of ICT is also provided for internal development and for the Government of Ghana.
Finally, the cluster promotes strategic partnerships and provides advisory support with/for the country office for/in order to mobilize resources that are in line with corporate guidelines and managing donor relations.
Levels of Assistance
Human Development Report 2011
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