Supporting national efforts to achieve MDGs : Dr. Maxine Olson, UNDP

Dr Olson arrived in India in September 2003, to head one of the largest core programmes of the UNDP, focusing on decentralisation, poverty reduction, natural resource management, human development analysis and HIV/AIDS. Prior to her assignment in India she held a similar position in Malaysia with additional responsibility for Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. Before this she was at UNDP Headquarters in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific overseeing the work of 25 countries. Dr. Olson has varied experience in several UN organisations. During a stint as Deputy Director, UNIFEM (the UN Development Fund for Women), she focused on programmes for the political and economic empowerment of women. In this interview Dr. Olson shares her views on Millennium Development Goals with a specific importance to MDG 3 on Gender equality and women