United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) vision is to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

UNDP is a multilateral development agency that works holistically across sectors, in 177 countries. It is a 'neutral and trusted' agency with strong operational capability that acts as an impartial facilitator of dialogue and cooperation on key development issues. It draws on knowledge and expertise gained in all development settings to address complex multidimensional development issues as they exists.  It is a strategic partner on economic and social transformation, environmental sustainability, democratic governance as well as capacity development founded on national prioritised plans. UNDP focuses on three substantive areas of work namely:  Sustainable Development Pathways; Inclusive and Effective Democratic Governance; and, Resilience.

As guided by the organisational Strategic Plan 2014-2017, UNDP Swaziland through the Country Programme Document for 2016-2020 contributes towards two of the seven organisational outcomes namely:

Outcome 1: Growth and development are inclusive and sustainable, incorporating productive capacities that create employment and livelihoods for the poor and excluded.

Key Outputs: Knowledge products on diversification and competitiveness of the economy developed; Strengthened national capacities for evidence-based planning, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of programmes that create jobs and livelihood opportunities especially for excluded groups; National systems put in place for sustainable use of natural resources, waste, chemical and renewable energy for green/economic growth; Communities capacity to participate in and share benefits of conservations strengthened. Multi-sectoral climate and risk preparedness and management measures being implemented at national and regional levels disaggregated by rural/urban and with gender considerations.

Outcome 2: Citizen Expectations for voice, development, the rule of law and accountability are met by stronger systems of democratic governance.

Key Outputs: Improved accountability and participation in key institutions and systems that deliver public services at national and local level; Parliament and key governance institutions have capacity to develop legislation and policies in line with the national Constitution and International Conventions; Civil Society strengthened to engage in constructive dialogue and advocacy for promotion of human rights, transparency, public accountability and other international agreements.

The two strategic outcomes are achieved using engagement principles that reflect the organisation’s high-level advisory approach to development namely: national ownership and capacity; intrinsic value of the body of economic, political, social, civil and cultural rights established by the UN; Sustainable Human Development; Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment; Participation and Voice; South-South Triangulation and Cooperation; Active Role as Global Citizens and Universality.

UNDP will foster effective partnerships through innovative practices and solutions-driven mechanism to support governments, private sector, civil society organisations and citizens to create opportunities for the adoption of the set goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all through the integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at national and regional levels coherent to the international development agenda.