About us

UNDP in Jamaica

Who we are

UNDP is the lead 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 those issues. The UNDP country office in Jamaica also serves Bermuda, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands 

What we do

UNDP is on a mission to end poverty in all forms everywhere by improving people's ives and protecting the planet. In all we do we aim to empower lives and support nations to become resilient to crisis and disaster. 

Our Work

1. Poverty Eradication
Our aim is to ensure the poor can exit poverty and stay out of poverty.

2. Sustainable Development
We will support structural transformations required to sustain national progress, with a focus on building national capacity to manage risk and uncertainty and strengthen long-term planning.  

3. Resilience to shocks and crises
UNDP will support recovery efforts arising from crises while increasing resilience to similar crises in the future.      

In all activities, UNDP encourages protection of human rights and gender equality: Gender and human rights are cross cutting issues in UNDP's work. UNDP focuses on gender equality and women's empowerment not only as human rights but also because they are a pathway to achieving sustainable development. Our goal is to ensure that women and men have an equal say in all governance institutions, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally in public dialogue and decision making. 


How We Work

UNDP’s has developed a package of six Signature Solutions to national development challenges and ambitions. They are designed to be flexible and can be tailored to specific country needs and demands.

Signature solution 1 – Keeping People out of Poverty: This signature solution will target the barriers and vulnerabilities that keep people in poverty, or that push people back into poverty when shocks and crises occur

Signature solution 2: Strengthen effective, accountable and inclusive governance: This solutions package will therefore focus on supporting diverse pathways towards building peaceful, just and inclusive societies

Signature solution 3: Enhance prevention and recovery for resilient societies:   UNDP’s developmental approach will help countries avoid crises and shocks and to quickly return to stable development if they occur.

Signature solution 4: Promote nature-based solutions for a sustainable planet: UNDP will apply integrated actions to address biodiversity loss by tackling market, policy and governance failures that lead to ecosystem degradation.

Signature solution 5: Close the energy gap:  This solution will focus on increasing energy access, promoting renewable energy and enhancing energy efficiency

Signature solution 6: Strengthen Gender Equality: The signature solution will develop interventions to reform discriminatory laws, institutions and policies. It will also enable decent work, access to basic services and infrastructure.




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