The Division for Prosperity is one of the nine divisions of UNITAR dedicated to supporting countries to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world by offering world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services.

We work with present and future changemakers, particularly youth and women, from developing countries including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), small island developing states (SIDS), and conflict and post-conflict countries.

The current structure of the Division for Prosperity was established in 2019 and consists of two programme units: the Trade and Finance Programme Unit and the Hiroshima Office.

The members of the Division for Prosperity come from diverse backgrounds and work in a variety of places across the globe: in our physical offices, remotely, and on the ground with our learner cohorts.

Our Vision

We aim to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs by offering impactful, innovative training and knowledge-sharing on sustainable prosperity, particularly for those most vulnerable and those who have been left behind.

Our Values and Indicators

We prioritise ten core values and evaluate our performance on them annually.

  1. Generate Change Agents: Choose leaders and future leaders who catalyse positive changes through the multiplier effect.
    Measured through disaggregated data by the number of people trained and the intensity of learning
  2. Engage in Coalition-building: Select leaders from varied regions, and ethnic groups, creating inclusive networks.
    Measured through disaggregated data by gender, stage of country development, urban vs. rural, age
  3. Build Partnerships: Collaborate with global/regional/local centres of excellence offering the latest thinking in thematic areas
    Measured through the number and quality of partnerships
  4. Boost Relevance: Conduct needs assessments and we connect to current SDGs, incorporating community specifics, and integrating greater issues and trends.
    Measured through feedback from participants on relevance
  5. Enhance Contextualization: Include local resource persons to provide context and relevant feedback.
    Measured through the number and quality of coaches/mentor
  6. Promote Gender Equality: Cover Gender Equality & the Empowerment of Women as a mandatory module, and selection considers gender parity.
    Measured by the: number of self-identified women/gender minorities, number of learners who completed gender modules, gender marking [budget allocation
  7. Foster Innovation: Adopt cutting-edge methodologies and approaches; participants encouraged to adapt to changing contexts
    Measured through the diversity of modes of delivery and adoption of innovative adult learning methodologies
  8. Champion Ownership: Engage local stakeholders and participants and encourage them to have a stake in self-led assignments and develop an action plan
    Measured through the quality of partnerships with local stakeholders and the quality of the action plan
  9. Stimulate Sustainable Development: Place the SDGs at the core of programmes so participants will become the SDG champions.
    Measured by the number of participants who successfully completed SDG module
  10. Cultivate Financial Sustainability: Make sufficient funding available to provide high-quality, innovative training to a cohort of changemakers
    Measured by the funding size

Our Inputs

We work with those in developing countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small-island developing states, as well as conflict/post-conflict countries.

We input the following into our training for changemakers, marginalised people, youth and women:

  • Contents based on robust adult learning methodologies in various modes
  • People in terms of facilitators, resource persons, mentors, coaches
  • Partnerships with global, regional, and local centres of excellence
  • Technologies to enhance training
  • Financial resources

Our Desired Behaviors and Practices

We aim for the following behaviours and practices when preparing learners during our programming:

  • Thematic Leaders for Prosperity: Alumni make more informed decisions based on new knowledge acquired and become thought leaders.
  • Youth/Women’s Empowerment: More female and youth changemakers are nurtured.
  • Inclusiveness: Alumni operate and collaborate with diverse groups of people.
  • Sustainability: Alumni proactively operate and make decisions to promote business/operations that are aligned with the SDGs.

Our Outputs

 We foster prosperity in communities worldwide through the following outputs:

  1. New knowledge (thematic areas, gender, SDGs) that fellows gain from our training
  2. Action/business plan developed
  3. The Cohort of changemakers trained on thematic areas, gender, SDGs
  4. Community of changemakers at the regional, national, and global levels

Our Activities


 We work in six priority areas:

  • Great Ideas Space: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • LEAD #Future Hub: Leadership and Inclusion
  • Trade and Finance
  • Hiroshima and Peace
  • Digital Futures
  • Anti-Corruption and Combatting Crimes

Our Outcomes for Society

The following are the outcomes for the society that we aim for and that cross-cut all of our programming:

  • Gender Equality
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Inclusiveness
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Peace/stability
  • Sustainable Development

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