Constant reform has characterized the UN Development Programme (UNDP) throughout its existence, say the authors of two recent books on UNDP. Change bespeaks an organization ready to adapt but also fundamentally uncertain about its proper role. It teeters between two sets of tensions—as coordinator of and competitor within the UN development system, and as exerting priorities from the center while seeking to be flexible in its program countries. These tensions should be resolved, and enable UNDP to be the UN’s sustainable human development organization.
Murphy, Craig N. and Browne, Stephen, "Brief 9: UNDP: Reviving a Practical Human Development Organization" (2014). Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series. 9.