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What is the Development Futures Series (DFS)?

The UNDP's Development Futures Series is a platform for UNDP personnel to publish research papers, fostering thought leadership within UNDP. It is a vehicle to publish policy briefs and working papers that provide a wealth of information, analysis, and policy recommendations tailored to the pressing challenges of our time. 

  • Policy Briefs: Quick, concise pieces connecting evidence-based analysis to practical solutions.
  • Working Papers: In-depth technical papers, offering extensive research and data analysis.

Authored by UNDP experts worldwide, these publications are grounded in deep study, data, and practice. The series is tailored for policymakers, practitioners, and specialized journalists. It bridges the gap between research, policy, and practice, guiding us through the evolving landscape of global development.

Linkages between DFS and the Poverty & Inequality CoP

Members of our community can benefit from a curated list of DFS publications relevant and are routinely invited to peer-review new publications.


  • Learn more about the Development Futures Series

  • Watch an Introduction to the DFS - In September 2023 we had a session with the DFS Team to present the platform to our community. Watch the recording below. Access the event details here

  • Visit the DFS platform here
  • View a mapping poverty and inequality-related DFS publications sorted by SDG Goals and thematic areas here

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