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Welcome Guide

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An onboarding checklist to help you make the most of your membership. 

This straightforward guide outlines three steps to help you get started and maximize your experience as a new member of the UNDP Community of Practice on Poverty & Inequality.

If you haven't joined the Community yet, join now before proceeding to the next step. It will take two minutes. Don't worry about losing your place - all links in this guide open in a separate tab so you can easily come back and continue where you left off. Let's begin!

1. Watch the Community Walkthrough

Read this quick Community Walkthrough, or watch the video below to learn everything you need to know about the many ways in which you can engage with the Community and the numerous knowledge services our community provides.

Watch it on YouTube if you would like to take advantage of video "chapters” which let you to jump straight to the sections most relevant to you. 



0:00 - Introduction

0:42 - Community's Identity and Purpose

1:39 - Community's Value Proposition

3:40 - Qualities of the Community Champion

5:33 - Community's Thematic Focus

6:52 - Roles in the Community

9:28 - Community Approaches (overview)

10:24 - Community Mailing List

11:30 - Community Group on Viva Engage

12:35 - How to follow topics on Viva Engage

13:45 - Community Roundtables

16:03 - Solution Spotlights

17:42 - SparkBlue Consultations

18:38 - Expertise Market

20:08 - Community Snapshot

21:55 - A need-based, purposeful CoP

23:19 - User Guides

24:48 - Ways you can engage right now


The Poverty & Inequality Expertise Self-Assessment is a tool designed to visualize and organize members' expertise across the ~30 topics that define the scope of our Community's work. By providing a clear overview of each member's proficiency in various poverty and inequality topics, based on their self-assessment, this user-friendly tool streamlines connections and collaborations within the Community for multiple purposes, such as:

  • Expertise Market: matching members with relevant expertise to those eager to learn about specific topics.
  • Focused engagements: identifying and inviting knowledgeable Community members to contribute to initiatives and discussions in their areas of expertise.
  • Thematic Leadership: establishing a basis for selecting Thematic Leads who proactively advance the Community's work on specific topics, promoting knowledge exchange, exploration of emerging issues and opportunities, and co-creation of development solutions. Learn more about the the current Thematic Leads in the community roles part of the Help Centre

By completing the Expertise Self-Assessment, you not only enhance the Expertise Market's effectiveness, but also gain recognition as an expert and unlock various exclusive opportunities within the Community.

Complete the Expertise Self-Assessment

3. Review the Help Centre

Our Help Centre presents the information you need for exploiting the potential of our community. The Help Centre includes guides you to:

  1. Learn how we use each platform in the Community Platforms, 
  2. Review the Community Activities Guide for practical engagement opportunities based on your needs and goals.
  3. Review the Community Roles Guide to learn about various roles in the Community.


For further guidance, contact the Community Manager: Davide Piga at

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