Development for People



Recognising that there can be no true sustainable development if the furthest behind are not supported, UNDP works to ensure that the voices of all, including youth, women, migrants, displaced people and other minority groups, are included in decision making, and that their needs are addressed in all development planning. We need to be bolder In the Decade of Action.

UNDP commits to playing a new bridging role across the humanitarian, development and peace nexus. We will work to strengthen collaboration, coherence and complementarity among humanitarian, development and peace actors so that everyone can target the root causes and symptoms of a crisis at the same time: ending humanitarian need, addressing drivers of crisis and leaving no one behind.

UNDP is also advocating for increased integration of migration and displacement factors into development planning within and across borders and for greater support for people on the move due to crisis.

UNDP is also harnessing the digital revolution to reach the furthest behind by investing in designing data-driven responses and engaging grassroots innovation for localized action.

National Human Rights Institutions and COVID-19: a study by UNDP, OHCHR and GANHRI


The new study COVID-19 and National Human Rights Institutions by UNDP, OHCHR and GANHRI analyses the role and activities of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in addressing the human rights dimensions of COVID-19. It provides an overview of good practices, experiences and lessons learned during a time of immense challenges for human rights.

The study which reviewed practices of 75 per cent of NHRIs globally reveals the pivotal role of NHRIs in COVID-19 response in putting people first. It finds that although NHRIs have been severely impacted by the pandemic, they have been remarkably resilient, adapting rapidly to COVID-19, and finding a range of innovative ways to fulfill their vital mission – to promote and protect human rights.

Tune in to the podcast below to hear more about the experiences of the NHRIs in The Gambia, Armenia and Mali in addressing the human rights implications of COVID-19, and the challenges they have faced themselves. And learn more about the findings of the study by watching this video:



UNDP supports NHRIs in over 100 countries, learn more about our work here.

National Human Rights Institutions in the time of COVID (English)


In this latest podcast, from the UNDP’s Development Dialogues series, hosted by Henry Bonsu, we hear from NHRIs (National Human Rights Institutions)about how COVID-19 has changed their work with governments and citizens. We hear from Emmanual Joof, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission in The Gambia, Lisa Camara of Safe Hands for Girls, also in The Gambia, and Nina Pirumyan, the Head of Research and Education Center at the Armenian Human Rights Defenders’ Office. We hope you enjoy their stories from the field.

NHRIs and COVID-19 – The effects of COVID19 on human rights in Mali (French)

In this (French) podcast, from the UNDP’s Development Dialogue series, we hear from the National Commission for Human Rights in Mali about how COVID-19 has changed their work with governments and citizens. We hear from Aguibou Bouare, President of the National Commission for Human Rights in Mali. We hope you enjoy this story from the field.


Migration and COVID-19: Including migrants and communities in socio-economic recovery

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By Cécile Riallant, Head of the Migration & Sustainable Development Unit at IOM and Luca Renda, Head of the Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility Team, UNDP Crisis Bureau   With…

How tackling displacement is a key element to improving development

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By Peter De Clercq, UNDP Senior Advisor on internal displacement and former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, 2015 - 2019  and Professor Laura Hammond, School of…

Our solutions to crises must be inclusive of people with disability

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By Ronald Jackson, Head of the UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery for Building Resilience Team More than 1 billion people in the world live with a disability, and they are…


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