About UNDP in India

India’s economic growth continues to remain an impressive achievement. However, work remains to be done, and UNDP continues to be a committed partner of the Government of India in fulfilling its objective of inclusive growth. UNDP is committed to help India achieve the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the national objectives articulated in consecutive Five-Year Plans. The goal of the organization is to help improve the lives of the poorest women and men, the marginalized and the disadvantaged in India. UNDP works in the following areas: Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment, HIV and DevelopmentWomen's Empowerment and Inclusion and Human Development.

UNDP works intensively with a wide range of partners in all the nine UNDAF states of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

What do We Want to Accomplish?

Since 1951, UNDP has been collaborating with the Government, civil society and people of India to help them find their own solutions to meet global and national development challenges. In doing so, our focus has been on the seven priority states outlined by the UNDAF that are home to India’s poorest- Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh,Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Along with Uttarakhand, these states account for 64 percent of the population living below the poverty line.

UNDP’s approach in India has been to develop and sustain strategic partnerships that find innovative solutions to address gaps on both the demand and supply side of development processes. Prototypes that demonstrate new ways of addressing persistent disparities have empowered communities to improve access to basic entitlements- whether in housing and employment under government schemes or in greater political voice.

We bring together diverse stakeholders, particularly from the less heard in civil society to the forefront. Sustained advocacy, for example, on behalf of the transgender community has resulted in greater recognition of their specific needs in planning and legal processes.

What are Our Results?

UNDP India supports more than 15 central ministries and seven of the poorest states of India during this current country programme cycle. Over the years, UNDP has ensured that the human development approach has become embedded in policy and planning processes of the Government of India, both at the central and state levels.

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Annual Reports

  • UNDP in India: Results from 2011

    The UNDP India Annual Report for 2011 highlights results of UNDP’s partnership with the Government of India and other stakeholders across our five programme areas-poverty reduction and livelihoods, democratic, decentralized governance, environment and energy, disaster risk reduction, and HIV and development.more

  • UNDP in India: Results from 2010

    The UNDP India Annual Report for 2010 highlights results of UNDP’s partnership with the Government of India and other stakeholders across our five programme areas-poverty reduction, democratic governance, energy and environment, crisis prevention and recovery, and HIV and development.more

Who are the Decision Makers?

The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in India and is the Resident Representative for UNDP in India. There are two Deputies, one for Programmes and one for Operations.

UNDP India works closely with the Government of India through its designated nodal department, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the Ministry of Finance. All activities falling within the Country Programme Action Plan are nationally owned. Programme activities are implemented by a range of partners, including Government ministries and departments, state governments, district authorities, civil society organizations, NGOs, and UN agencies with overall guidance by the DEA.

UNDP India Staff

Current Staff Count for India

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 261
UN Volunteers 29
UNDP Staff 83
Total 373
  • India UNDAF (2013-2017) English
  • UNDP Country Programme Document for India (2013-2017) English
  • Country Programme Action Plan (2013-2017) English
History of UNDP - India Partnership

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UNDP at a Glance

Throughout all of our programming, UNDP works to empower people’s lives while helping nations become more resilient.

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Government of India – UNDP partnership

For close to five decades, UNDP has partnered with the Government of India, civil society and the people of India to help them find their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Based on a five-year Country Programme Document, cooperation between the Government and UNDP (2008-2012) has focused on strengthening inclusion of disadvantaged groups and supporting strategies that address economic and political barriers to greater inclusion.

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