6 A global partnership for development

Where do we stand?

Official development assistance is now at its highest level, reversing the decline of the previous two years.

Aid is shifting away from the poorest countries. 80 per cent of imports from developing countries entered developed countries duty-free and tariffs remained at an all-time low. The debt burden of developing countries remained stable at about 3 per cent of export revenue.

Official development assistance (ODA), from OECD-DAC countries, 2000–2013 (Constant 2012 US$ billions)

Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

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  • Official development assistance stood at $134.8 billion in 2013, the highest level ever recorded.
  • 80 per cent of imports from developing countries enter developed countries duty-free.
  • The debt burden on developing countries remains stable at about 3 per cent of export revenue.
  • The number of Internet users in Africa almost doubled in the past four years.
  • 30 per cent of the world’s youth are digital natives, active online for at least five years.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

UNDP's work around the globe

Report acknowledges need for development in Iraq

10 Aug 2010

 Almost a quarter of Iraqis live in poverty spending less than  2,500 Iraqi dinars (2.2 US$)  per person / day. Photo: UNDPBAGHDAD - In a report published today, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations presented the progress made in a number of areas towards achieving the eight Millennium Devemore


Singapore and UNDP establish Global Centre for innovation and research in public service

25 Sep 2012

New York – The Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement today establishing a Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore dedicated to policy research and the global exchange of knowledge and information on public service policies, strategmore

Somalia’s humanitarian crisis must stay on the global agenda

20 Jul 2012

Nairobi – One year after famine was declared in parts of Somalia on 20 July 2011, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, is calling attention to the plight of 3.8 million Somalis who need assistance. “Last year, we were able to halt the downward spiral into starvation for hundredmore

Transforming lives, Empower Pragati joins the Business Call to Action to grow skills and scale up services In India

12 Aug 2013

New York/New Delhi - India’s financial inclusion network and operations skills giant Empower Pragati has announced it will join the Business Call to Action (BCtA), with plans to expand skills training aimed at boosting incomes for some two million disadvantaged youth in India by 2020.   Empowermore

UN Secretary-General appoints high-level panel on post-2015 development agenda

31 Jul 2012

Civil society, Private sector and Government leaders named to 26-member advisory Panel United Nations, New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium more

UNDP chief: Technology empowers people to shape the global development agenda

09 Jul 2013

London - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark spoke today at Activate summit in London about the links between technology and digital media and the next development agenda. In an interview prior to the Activate Summit, Helen Clark referred to the open participation of people in policy making and governanmore

UNDP convenes roundtable on mobile tech for sustainable human development

26 Feb 2013

Paris, France —The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today convenes an expert roundtable on expanding the use of mobile technologies to promote sustainable human development, including policymakers, social innovators, civil society, and the private sector. With some 6 billion subscriptions worldwide—mmore


UNDP global leader in transparency

08 Oct 2014

New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the most transparent aid organization, according to a leading global ranking released today. The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this ymore

UNDP promotes South-South Tourism in Cameroon, with focus on Chinese visitors

26 Apr 2012

Shanghai – A UNDP global programme based in Shanghai this week facilitated a forum to promote the development of the tourism sector in Cameroon, as a way to promote economic development in that country and the conservation of natural resources.   The forum was sponsored by the Cameroon Minmore

UNDP-led partnership unveils key to successful community-driven sustainable development projects

16 Oct 2012

Hyderabad, India — The Equator Initiative - a United Nations-led partnership which recognizes the success of local sustainable development projects with the biennial Equator Prize - has launched a series of 127 case studies and a volume of “lessons-learned” outlining the key components of succemore

0.7 years
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population