EU supported UNDP with over EUR 258 million in 2012

May 6, 2013

The EU has in recent years become one of UNDP's most important single contributors. In 2012, we signed 87 contribution agreements amounting to the total value of EUR 258 million.

As indicated in the following chart, the highest proportion of funding in 2012 went to Africa and Asia-Pacific, with both regions receiving above EUR 60 million. Among other projects and programmes, the EU granted EUR 19 million to UNDP to support Nigeria, the continent’s largest democracy, hold a credible and transparent electoral process until 2015. In Asia-Pacific, UNDP and the EU plan to work together on a EUR 15.2 million project in Sri Lanka focused on the provision of basic infrastructure and services for vulnerable populations at local level.

Graphs-contracts-2012Total EU funding granted to the UNDP (in million EUR) and number of EU-UNDP contracts signed in 2012

In the following graph, contributions are shown by UNDP practice areas: Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Poverty Reduction and Environment

Interventions in democratic governance relate to electoral systems and processes, capacity development, parliamentary and public administration development, justice system, local governance and development, integrated border management, human rights, gender and HIV.  In 2012, UNDP-EU signed 37 contribution agreements in this thematic area for an amount of EUR 124 million. 

In the area of crisis prevention and recovery, interventions such as the one in Sri Lanka mentioned above, account for 27 projects to the value of EUR 62 million in 2012. Over the past decade, the EU total funding of UNDP's work in conflict prevention and recovery amount to almost EUR 1 billion. Key focus areas in this field include conflict prevention, crisis governance, armed violence prevention, mine action, small arms and light weapons control, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, rule of law, justice and security and disaster risk reduction, recovery and rehabilitation.

The thematic area of poverty reduction centers its work on poverty eradication, development cooperation and finance (aid coordination), MDG strategies, food security, micro-credits, trade and private sector. In 2012, 9% EUR value of the total signed contribution agreements were dedicated to poverty focus area.

In recent years, increasing prominence has been placed on climate change and sustainable development related issues. As a result, the environment area has seen a substantial increase in funding, with the highest allocation of EU funds being in 2012 and amounting to EUR 50 million for 11 projects.  

Although these 4 areas encompass specific objectives, they are however irreversibly interlinked. One such example is a EUR 6.3 million project that the UNDP Country Office in Cuba is implementing, with EU funding, to reduce vulnerabilities in the agricultural sector derived from Climate Change and adopt sustainable soil, water and agricultural management practices contributing to food security.

Graph-thematic breakdownThematic breakdown of EU contributions to UNDP in 2012 (in Million EUR)