What We Do

On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. UNDP conects 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.

Why Poverty?

Poverty is often rooted in lack of opportunity, compounded by inequalities, injustice, lack of capacity and vulnerability to disaster. 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. Sustainable Development Goal number one speaks to 'Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere'. Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. To this end, UNDP assist countries 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

Our Priorities

  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

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 

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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