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UNDP Policy Specialist shares insights on SDGs, gender disparity, at UPES School of Business
Dr. Esuna Dugarova, policy specialist with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) headquarters, US, conducted a guest session on ‘Data Collection and Data Presentation Methodology of UNDP Global Reports and Sustainable Development Goals’ at the School of Business, Kandoli Campus, UPES, recently. About 25 faculty members and some students attended this session. Dr. Dugarova was in India for detailed reporting on women’s self-help groups in Maharashtra.
At the beginning of the event, Dr. Hiranmoy Roy, Head of the Department of Economics and International Business welcomed the guest and Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics and International Business, introduced her to the audience. Faculty members of School of Business, Head of the Departments (Dr. Sumeet Gupta, Dr. S.K. Pokriyal and Dr. Neeraj Anand from Department of General Management, Department of Energy Management, and Department of Transportation Management), Assistant Dean, Research, Dr. Tarun Dhingra, and Head CCE, Dr. Raju Ganesh Sunder, attended the session.
In the session, she addressed primarily three topics, one the structure of UNDP and its functioning, second the methodologies employed for evidence-based transparent reporting at UNDP, and the investments undertaken, and methodologies utilized by UNDP to increase gender parity and to influence policy making for improved gender equality.
The UNDP is an international organization under the United Nations (UN), which works towards reducing poverty, achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and augmenting economic and social equality by constructive policy making and effective provision of aid. It operates in 170 nations in various capacities and at different levels. UNDP uses an integrated approach for reducing poverty, building resilience to crises and setting in motion structural and transformational changes for sustainable development.
Secondly, she discussed the data collection and measurement methods used by UNDP at the grassroots. The data gathered is then transparently demonstrated for all to see and insights are derived in order to gauge which activities of UNDP have the highest impact. The UNDP also measures the sectors where it needs to invest in order to assist countries achieve SDGs and accordingly counsels the governments on policy measures for sustainability. She also gave an overview of the projects underway in various countries, the quantum of investment on those projects, the major donors and recipients of those investments by UNDP and the impact and evaluation of these projects.
Thirdly, Dr. Esuna Dugarova spoke about measures taken to bring about gender equality and measures undertaken by UNDP to achieve the same. She also spoke about the gender disparity being underestimated and masked by statistics.
Dr. Tarun Dhingra felicitated Dr. Esuna Dugarova and proposed the vote of thanks, complimenting her for her extraordinary insights.