Founded in 1966, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to help build sustainable nations that can provide their residents with a high quality of life. The UNDP website lists four different areas in which the organization focuses the majority of its efforts. These four areas are, “poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development.”
Recently the UNDP has been working hard to strive for progress in these four focus areas in Ghana. Earlier this year the UNPD launched a program called The United Nations Development Assistance Framework Action Plan (UAP). The UAP, which is currently scheduled to run from 2012 to 2016, seeks to combat poverty in Ghana while simultaneously creating sustainable environmental practices and striving for a transparent government. The UAP has pledged to put $470 million dollars towards Ghana’s development over the next five years.
Earlier this month the UNDP spoke to the media in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, about the organization’s plans to rehabilitate and strengthen the nation. In a speech to the press the Ghana director for the UNDP, Kamil Kamaluddeen, described the UAP’s goals for the country, “As Ghana builds its own development solutions, UNDP provides ideas for strategic development projects and capacity building in support of continued efforts to eradicate pockets of extreme poverty, improve gender equality, reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, promote and protect human rights and enhance environmental management.”
The announcement of the details of the UNDP’s plans for Ghana is promising news. Prior to this press conference in October it was announced that while Ghana’s economy has shown signs of growth in recent years, poverty remains a consistent problem for the nation.
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