Introduction to Development

United Nations Development Program

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the United Nation’s “global development network.” The UNDP describes development as,”the progress against poverty,” consisting of a multifaceted approach to reduce poverty and inequality. Guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNDP is a global partnership which includes over 150 countries. The UNDP plays a crucial role in monitoring country progress towards achieving the MDGs, while coordinating local and global efforts. Although this link is not an article, the website is a helpful tool to begin understanding development issues.

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Las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) es “la red mundial de desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas.” El PNUD describe el desarrollo como “la marcha contra la pobreza”, que consiste de un enfoque multifacético para reducir la pobreza y la desigualdad. Guiada por los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM ), el PNUD es una asociación global que incluye más de 150 países. El PNUD desempeña un papel crucial en el seguimiento de progreso de los países hacia la consecución de los ODM, mientras que la coordinación de los esfuerzos locales y mundiales. Aunque este vínculo no es un artículo, el sitio web es una herramienta útil para empezar a entender las cuestiones de desarrollo.

Why Global Development Matters for the U.S.

This publication by the Center for Global Development outlines the improvement in people’s lives in the U.S. and other countries. The statistics examine the progress and challenges towards the reduction of poverty over the past 50 years and help illustrate the local and global connections to development.

Center for Global Development. “Why Global Development Matters for the U.S.” Center for Global Development. 15 June 2006. 15 July 2009.

Ms. Nadine Gordimer’s speech (at the UN)

In her address to the United Nations about its Development Program (UNDP), Gordimer highlights the achievements of human rights champions throughout the globe under the auspices of the Millennium Development Goals.  Gordimer underscores the crucial role of local partners in leading and supporting effective humanitarian work as well as the importance of the advent of national and regional Human Development Reports as monitoring mechanisms.  According to a recent UNDP Global Human Development Report: “Development is about much more than raising national incomes. It is also a process of enlarging people’s choices and creating an environment where people can develop their potential, lead productive lives and participate in the decisions than directly affect them. This concept of human development has inspired a growing movement in every region of the world where people are working towards their own developmental solutions.”

Gordimer, Nadine. “Ms. Nadine Gordimer’s Speech.” UNDP. 16 Dec 2009.

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