Global Reach

The world is facing a confluence of crises at a scale previously unseen. Working in this context of ‘polycrisis’ and declining trust in institutions requires governments and development organizations to broaden the palette of approaches at their disposal to prevent lock-ins to a single course of action. At UNDP, we’re exploring conditions & capabilities for reimagining how we collaborate, finance & act in times of radical uncertainty. We believe that system & portfolio approaches might hold some promise in helping governments engage with complex development challenges in different ways.

This is a living repository of field collaborations & conversations with practitioners working in the field across 50+ countries, organizations that inspire us and networks that are breaking new grounds on transforming systems that underpin development.

System and Portfolios Landscape

Systems and Portfolio Approaches in Action

UNDP teams with their partners in over 50 countries are designing portfolios to tackle emerging policy domains (as opposed to sector specific challenges) that range from urban transformation & social contract to just and circular transitions to gender justice.


For more information, click to download our Portfolio Primer.

Networks & organisations that inspire us

This is our effort to maintain one degree of separation from those who are breaking new grounds in transforming systems that underpin development. Check out some of the conversations that we are having about this work.

MEL Sandbox*

How do we keep a finger on the pulse of intermediate changes & emerging risks and opportunities en route to pursuing long term structural transformations? Our MEL Sandbox is exploring ways for public & development sector to work with emergence, investing in concrete demonstration work in the field & evolving understanding about how change is changing with over 500 partners around the world.

*Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Click on each tile to explore about Systems and Portfolio Approaches in Action, the work of the Organisations that inspire us, and the MEL Sandbox.

*The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.