Our focus

Next generation UNDP


Today's development challenges are complex and each context is different. That's why we tailor our work to fit the needs of the countries and communities we serve.

UNDP's Strategic Plan (2018-2021) has been designed to be responsive to the wide diversity of the countries we serve. The diversity is reflected in three broad development contexts: eradicating poverty; structural transformations; and building resilience.

Since the onset of the crisis in Syria in 2011, UNDP has responded to the huge needs that emerged by implementing a unique resilience programme to support the Syrian people. UNDP goes beyond humanitarian assistance in the sense that it strengthens the resilience of the Syrian people by enhancing positive coping mechanisms, that enable them to rely on themselves and rebuild their livelihoods, rather than remain dependent on humanitarian assistance. Within the UN Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), UNDP’s interventions are focused on the rehabilitation of basic and social infrastructures, providing livelihoods support, enhancing economic recovery and social inclusion, and strengthening social cohesion.


Three development settings

Eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions

Accelerate structural transformations

Build resilience to shocks and crises

To respond to these issues, and better focus its resources and expertise to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, UNDP has identified a set of approaches that we call our Signature Solutions.

Six Signature Solutions


Signature Solutions are integrated responses to development against which we align our resources and expertise, to make real impact.


Keeping people out of POVERTY


GOVERNANCE for peaceful, just, and inclusive societies


Crisis prevention and increased RESILIENCE


ENVIRONMENT: nature-based solutions for development

Clean, affordable ENERGY

Women's empowerment and GENDER equality

How we work


With the objective of enhancing the self-reliance of Syrians, UNDP implements diversified interventions - within the UN Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)- in geographical locations chosen based on the severity of armed conflict impact, the capacity for labour absorption and creation, as well as presence of local partners to support implementation.

UNDP works with local committees consisting of local partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), as well as beneficiaries and representatives from the host communities to ensure that all voices are heard. 

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