UNDP-EU partnership: stories from the field

Here you will find stories that illustrate the partnership between UNDP and the Europan Union in the field. Given that our partnership covers over 100 countries and spans over a decade, these stories represent just a fraction of what we do together. They are however important as they show what difference our partnership makes in the lives of people. They show how we help empower people and support the building of resilient nations.

Our Stories


Towards open, but secure borders in the South Caucasus

It is not a secret for anybody that the world has changed drastically in the past two decades. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the “iron curtain,” unification of Europe, war against terror – all of these somehow affected the way we live and the way our states live and interact with more


Towards social inclusion in Šavnik: Montenegro’s forgotten region

The number of old, lonely and ill people unable to meet their own basic needs continues to grow in rural areas of Montenegro, some of which not connected by any sort of organized transport. Social exclusion has been recognized by the Government of Montenegro as one of major societal challenges, andmore


Reform of civil service in Somalia gives better services to the people

In Somalia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) are helping government institutions to function more effectively and respond to their citizen’s needs. After more than two decades of conflict, the country’s institutions have suffered immensely, as state structumore


Turkmenistan: Helping people with disabilities move forward

Yuriy Kulik might have remained unemployed, relegated to the fringes of society in Turkmenistan. After losing his sight as a teenager, he could not find a job that would accommodate his disability. But in 2005, Kulik took part in an intensive course that taught him how to adapt without his sight. Itmore


UN-EU support repatriation and reintegration of war affected populations in Burundi

Burundi suffered from 1993 to 2007 an armed conflict which led to an exodus of large numbers of civilians. In recent years, and following a peace process initiated in 2007, many conflict affected populations started to return to their places of origin. The provinces of Bururi, Makamba and Rutana in more


UNDP-EU support to farmers helps Cuba depend less on imports

In Cuba, food security is an enormous challenge. Low agricultural productivity makes the country highly dependent on imported food. In 2009, the country imported about 80 percent of its domestic food requirements. This dependency makes Cuba very vulnerable to increases in international food prices.&more