Overview

What We Do

UNDP is the development agency of the United Nations, connecting countries to a vast network of global knowledge, experience and technical and financial resources. UNDP works with governments and citizens on nurturing their own solutions to global and national development challenges and on developing local capacity to addressing these issues.

Our Goals

UNDP is on a mission to end poverty in all forms everywhere by improving people’s lives and protecting the planet. Poverty is often rooted in lack of opportunity, compounded by inequalities, injustice, lack of capacity and vulnerability to disaster. UNDP helps countries tackle these issues in order to end poverty. When UNDP began its work in 1976, one in three people worldwide lived in poverty. Now? One in eight. There is still work to do. To this end, countries are assisted in shaping solutions in three areas:

A resident of Coullouden in the North Clarendon hills collects water from one of six standpipes provided under a water harvesting project by the UNDP-implemented Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP). This is one of several Climate and Disaster Resilience Projects implemented by UNDP Jamaica Photo Credit: UNDP Jamaica.more

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
  3. Climate and Disaster Resilience

In all activities, UNDP encourages:

  1. Protection of human rights
  2. Empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable
  3. Environmental Sustainability
  4. South South cooperation

Since 2017, UNDP's work in Jamaica and 17 other Caribbean countries is guided by the United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework for the Caribbean (UN MSDF). A Country Implementation Plan (CIP) for Jamaica guides joint actions at the national level at the national level among 23 UN agencies, programmes and funds in line with the four priority areas of the UN MSDF. These four priorities are: 

  1. An inclusive, equitable and prosperous Caribbean
  2. A healthy Caribbean
  3. A cohesive, safe and just Caribbean
  4. A sustainable and resilient Caribbean

UNDP's Country Programme for Jamaica starting in 2017 has also been developed consistent with UN MSDF priority areas and Jamaica's own national development  goals as outlined in Jamaica’s Vision 2030 National Development Plan.  MORE about UNDP's Work and Services

 

Our Stories

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PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Raccio/UNDP Jamaica [Mr. Howard Simpson, farmer from Lititz community, describing the function and the problems of the catchment tanks in Lititz, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. March 15, 2012.]

Water is Life : Empowering St. Elizabeth Farmers

The Lititz community in the south eastern plains of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica has a historical pattern of relatively low rainfall with an annual average of 1285mm.more 

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PHOTO CREDIT: UNDP Jamaica/ [Inaugural Joint Career Exposition; St. Andrew Technical High School; Kingston, Jamaica; Friday, January, 21, 2011]

“Equip, Empower, Engage” – Career Exposition Reaches Over 1500 Students

Choosing a career path is a crucial decision in a young person’s life, one that requires significant guidance and resources to maximize the potential of eachmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Rural Youth Employment

    The Rural Youth Poverty Reduction Project will contribute to the reduction of rural youth unemployment by increasing the ability of youths to access sustainable livelihood options. This will be achieved through the empowerment of rural youth through the provision of skills training and increased access to post harvest production facilities to improve the agriculture value added.more 

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