Meet Angela Lusigi, UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana who shares details of the exciting and innovative initiatives she gets to lead and contribute to.

Angela Lusigi, UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana

I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something that addressed the issues of poverty and inequality in the world, and I knew that leaders needed to be held accountable for them. I grew up in rural Kenya, watching the people around me struggling as hard as they could on an unlevel playing field, to provide for their families or lift themselves out of vulnerable situations.

This is what I love about UNDP…


People for 2030 is fortunate to have some very talented People Champions who embody and inspire change in their respective Country Offices. The Spotlight series aims to highlight them and their efforts. With each Bulletin, we will be featuring an interview with the hope that reading their story motivates you as much as collaborating with them energizes us.

For this People Champion Spotlight, we spoke to Yosr Ben Said, Talent Development Manager at the Tunisia Country Office.

Yosr’s positive energy is contagious, and the sheer number of initiatives she and her colleagues have launched in the last year alone is a testament to her passion for supporting colleagues. With these five questions, we have tried to highlight some of them.

Q1. What motivates you to be a People Champion?

Having been a HR Business Partner for various organizations, I understand the importance of robust people strategies and find them interesting. When I saw and read the People for 2030 Strategy document, I was inspired because it paves…


Colleagues at UNDP consider diversity and inclusion a vital priority, because ensuring no one is left behind is more than an objective for UNDP’s work in promoting the SDGs. The UNDP’s Pakistan team has taken their responsibility for including people with disabilities seriously, and has benefited from some important initiatives along the way.

UNDP has a strong commitment to mainstreaming human rights obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Respect for diversity has been one of UNDP’s central values in the way the organization works. In fact, diversity and inclusion are essential to ‘leaving no one behind’, a core principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To this end, one of the focus areas of UNDP’s people strategy, People for 2030, is to “foster and leverage our diversity”, thereby strengthening an open, respectful, non-discriminatory and inclusive work environment within the organization to reflect the societies we serve. An…


People for 2030 is fortunate to have some very talented People Champions who embody and inspire change in their respective Country Offices. The Spotlight series aims to highlight them and their efforts. With each Bulletin, we will be featuring an interview with the hope that reading their story motivates you as much as collaborating with them energizes us.

For the first People Champion Spotlight, we spoke to Elvira Sheikhova, who began her UNDP career in 1999. Today, she is an HR Associate at the Kazakhstan Country Office.

It is difficult to summarize in just a few words the breadth and depth of Elvira’s extensive experience. But we have tried our best to capture Elvira’s positive outlook and commitment to driving change with these five questions.

Q1. What motivates you to be a People Champion?

Frankly, when People for 2030 was launched, I was asked if I would be interested in being a People Champion. …


For our latest blog, we have chosen to highlight specific initiatives throughout UNDP that, through the implementation of People for 2030, contribute to the betterment and empowerment of UNDP’s women personnel’s experience.

Inspiring Women through UNDP’s SPARK Programme

(SPARK): Strive, perform, aspire, reimagine, and know.

The SPARK programme is a career development experience that is targeted towards women personnel across UNDP. The objective of this program is to provide participants with a comprehensive learning experience to not only help them develop their professional goals, but also their personal goals. The programme allows participants to become more self-aware and gain understanding…


The COVID-19 pandemic has posed major challenges for organizations all over the world, as well as for the people who work for them. As a major development organization with a global presence in some 170 countries, UNDP has certainly not been immune to this disruption. COVID has impacted both our work and the lives of our 17,000 personnel. However, due to our resilience and strength in adversity, UNDP colleagues around the world have come together to help each other survive and even thrive in these unprecedented and difficult times. …


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People for 2030 is a 3-year strategy that plans to transform UNDP's culture and capacity to deliver better results for the Sustainable Development Goals. The UNDP Administrator launched People for 2030 in June 2019, where the strategy encompasses nine focus areas that identify different ways to strive for excellence, promote diversity, and enhance the working environment in UNDP.

Each Country Office has a representative, a People Champion, who is responsible for communicating People for 2030 in their office, monitoring the changes being made, and assisting the implementation of the strategy in the office.

There are 150 People Champions worldwide, and…

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