Limitations of UN Development Organizations (UNDOs)


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UNDOs have member countries, media attention, big buildings, donors, budgets and staff.

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Limitations of UNDOs

  • Bureaucracy and slowness. Governmental organizations are over-organized and bureaucratic. UNDOs have to comply with bureaucracies of all their national counterparts and, thus, get too slow to keep pace with today's rapidly changing World

  • Bias towards procedures. Due to strict regulations, UNDOs are procedure-focused, not value-focused.

  • Bias towards events. Due to the lack of strategic resources and capabilities. UNDOs are event-oriented, not result-oriented. They focus on organizing international gatherings and producing reports.

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Follow-up activities are usually very weak
due to lack of strategic resources and over-formalized procedures.
In addition, most country participants have no power
to make any significant changes.

Yes, it's useful to bring together some people from developing countries. Yet the same development funds could be used much more effectively to produce much greater,
80/20, not 20/80 results
if applied more strategically.

  • Bias towards reports. In this over-organized environment, many employees having started their carrier as result-oriented persons grow gradually into report-oriented ones.

  • Bias towards informing about events instead of creating value online. Imagine a courier service that focuses not on delivering goods, but on talking about how actively their people move around. That's what many development organizations do ‒ on their websites, they focus on providing information about the events they've organized. instead of creating greater value for website visitors. As a result, few people visit their websites. People don't want to know how you "move around" ‒ they want to you to help them satisfy their needs.

  • Collecting unactionable recommendations. UNDOs often ask meeting participants to provide their recommendations without giving them any guidance. As a result, the participant create a "wish list" that is usually dominated by unrealistic requests for financial assistance UNDOs cannot provide.

 See also cultural barriers   Failed United Nations Survey



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