United Nations Development Program

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Founded in 1965, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the United Nations’ network for global development. Working in over 170 countries, UNDP works to eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life in developing countries through focuses on sustainable development, democratic government and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. Though there is no universal definition for what constitutes a developing country, the UNDP currently groups countries by “their level of development as measured by per capita gross income” along with considerations from the Human Development Index, which measures the quality of life in a country through a development lens. This approach, pioneered by economist Mahbub Ul Haq, considers measurements of the ability to which people are able to “be” and “do” desirable things during the course of their life. These two categories are considered the bedrocks of human development, by “articulating the objectives of development and improving people’s well-being by ensuring an equitable, sustainable and stable planet.

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