The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) is part of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) provides advisory services to Governments, at their request, and regional organizations aimed at developing capacities in areas within the purview of the sub programme, at the national and regional levels, with special emphasis on the needs of the least developed countries, Africa and small island developing States.
Activities comprise the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of specific technical projects. Assistance is also provided to Governments in devising multidisciplinary operational strategies that promote equitable social and economic development. The Division organizes training workshops and seminars and conducts applied research and field studies, disseminated in both hard copy and electronic formats.
The Division’s approach to capacity development strengthens social groups’ capacity to achieve well-being through greater inclusion and more active participation in society.
The Division provides an interface between global policies and national action, and between research and policy formulation, thereby translating international agreements into strategies at the country level and feeding experiences gained from the country level to the intergovernmental policy development process through internationally-agreed plans and programmes of action, including: