This volume provides a short and accessible introduction to the organization that serves as the primary coordinator of the work of the UN system throughout the developing world –the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The book:
- traces the origins and evolution of UNDP, outlining how a central UN funding mechanism and field network developed into a more comprehensive development agency
- evaluates the UNDP’s performance and results, both in its role as system coordinator and as a development organization in its own right
- considers the return of the UNDP to a more central role within the UN development system, in order to review the successive attempts at UN development system reform, the reasons for failure and the future possibilities for a more effective system with the UNDP at the centre.
Offering a clear, comprehensive overview and analysis of the organization, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of development studies, international organizations and international relations.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Origins of UNDP 2. The 1980s and 1990s 3. UNDP in the Twenty-First Century 4. Performance and Results 5. The Future of the UN Development System
About the Series
The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).
The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:
- Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
- Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
- Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.
Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)