Video: UNDP Asia Pacific director on changing an institutional mindset

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MANILA — Over the past few years, the U.N. Development Programme has rolled out changes in how it positions itself and its work with governments and development partners in the Asia Pacific region.

As Haoliang Xu, U.N. assistant secretary general and regional director of UNDP in the Asia Pacific, told Devex: “We realize we have to adapt to the change [in the region], and we have to look at our value added in everything we do.”

But Xu also said that the journey toward reinventing themselves has not been easy.

“The U.N. is fairly bureaucratic, and we have been operating in a certain way for 50 years. To be innovative, our mindset has to change,” he said.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.