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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

DESA - Social Policy and Development

Objective for 2010-2011

To strengthen the capacity of developing countries, countries with economies in transition and civil society to develop and implement social programmes and policies.

Expected accomplishments

  • Enhanced capacities to develop and implement policies and programmes that integrate economic and social development and promote the interests of specific social groups, on the basis of internationally agreed plans and programmes of action;
  • Improved social integration and inclusion, through strengthened capacities to integrate specific social groups in society through improved mechanisms of inclusion.

Indicators of achievement

  • Increased number of expressions recognizing the importance of promoting social integration and avoiding social exclusion, particularly for vulnerable social groups;
  • Increased number of Member States reporting progress on the development and implementation of policies and programmes for social development that resulted from activities of the subprogramme.


Strengthened capacity of Member States and of civil society to develop and implement social programmes and policies will be planned and implemented on the basis of internationally agreed development goals, outcome documents of global summits and plans and programmes of action for specific social groups.  Capacity development activities will be implemented through (a) the provision of advisory services by interregional advisers, normative staff (where appropriate) and selected outside technical experts; (b) national and regional training workshops on relevant issues, including integration of economic and social policy, poverty eradication, employment, social integration, participatory and qualitative methodologies information gathering and analysis and inclusive approaches to planning and decision making; and (c) production and dissemination of training materials, guidelines, policy frameworks and sharing of experiences, best practices and lessons learned.

The subprogramme will assist in implementing 3 existing capacity development projects under donor funding and 4 development account projects. During 2010-11, the subproramme aims to formulate three new capacity development projects focusing on promoting the social integration of specific social groups, with a particular emphasis on persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples, as well as support for Governments and civil society in the context of the Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty.

Output Summary

  Actual 06/07 Estimate 08/09 Estimate 10/11
Advisory Services 39 40 40
Workshops/ Seminars
(number of participants)
5 (88) 4 (120) 4 (120)
Total Activities 44 44 44
Total (thousands of US Dollards)

1 403.9

1 677.1

1 758.6


In the 2006-07 biennium, the subprogramme organized and supported 5 capacity development workshops to discuss youth development and youth policy in Latin America and in Africa and regional social policy in the context of NEPAD. These workshops strengthened the capacities of 88 national experts, whose immediate feedback (as expressed on evaluation forms) was overwhelmingly favourable.  The subprogramme also undertook a total of 39 Advisory Services covering a range of issues and activities from national development strategies that incorporate social perspectives to policies and programmes for youth, older persons, persons with disabilities and family.  The subprogramme contributed to the development of guidelines for bottom-up, participatory review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, undertaken by the Commission for Social Development beginning in 2007.  The exercise benefited from excellent collaboration between the subprogramme and the UN system, particularly the regional commissions and UNFPA. It is projected to build stronger networks of stakeholders to share experiences and raise awareness of pressing issues of social integration and inclusion.