Partnership is at the heart of everything UNDP does. We offer a nearly universal presence. Our substantial expertise—both intellectual acumen and practical experience—cuts across diverse development issues and settings. These valuable assets combined with our long legacy of trust have made us a global partner of choice.

Developing Country Governments

UNDP has nearly 50 years of partnership with developing countries. Today, with so many making notable strides and having accumulated rich stores of knowledge on effective development, we help bring them together to exchange solutions with proven track records.

United Nations System

Integrated development assistance helps connect countries to all the different kinds of expertise they need to tackle complex challenges.

Towards that end, UNDP manages and primarily finances the Resident  Coordinator system, which encourages collaboration by country teams of UN organizations, and helps increase efficiency and effectiveness.

We also lead the UN Development Group, which provides guidance and  coordination on the global level. UNDP’s own broad mandate is both the  foundation for a strong UN development system, and integral to our ability to link issues and foster collaboration.

International Financial Institutions

International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are an important source of development funding. They account for a large portion of the non-core (earmarked, project-specific) funding of UNDP. UNDP has entered into formal agreements with some IFIs (the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank), and is working on additional agreements.

Private Sector

The private sector can make an important contribution to development by fostering innovation, providing funding and promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries. In many of our programme countries the preconditions for private sector development and the emergence of inclusive markets (i.e. markets that extend choice and opportunity to the poor as producers, consumers and wage earners) are not yet in place. To facilitate inclusive market development, UNDP focuses on connecting and integrating local producers with domestic and global markets. This work is supported by the Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) and Business Call to Action (BCtA) initiatives.


Both global and local foundations are providing strong backing for UNDP's development activities. UNDP recognizes the tremendous knowledge that foundations offer in a variety of areas ranging from governance, environment to health and financial inclusion and works with them to utilize their expertise and knowledge capacities. UNDP works in partnership with community foundations and civil society organizations at the community level in efforts to better address issues at the local level.

Civil Society Organizations

For UNDP, civil society constitutes the full range of formal and informal organizations that are outside the state and market. This includes social movements, volunteer organizations, indigenous peoples' organizations, mass-based membership organizations, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, as well as communities and citizens acting individually and collectively.

UNDP partners with civil society organizations in programme implementation and policy advocacy. At the country level, this often means working with them to provide basic services in the areas of health, education, water delivery, agricultural extension and micro-credit provision.

Regions and local authorities

UNDP is pursuing decentralized strategic alliances with local authorities and regions worldwide to strengthen local governance institutions and development processes. Regions and local authorities are partnering with UNDP through several initiatives managed under the ART GOLD Programme (Governance and Local development), including the LEDA Programme (Local Economic Development Agency), and the Global Water Solidarity (GWS) framework, which advocates for decentralized cooperation in the water and sanitation sector.  In addition, the UNDP-facilitated World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) facilitates contacts between cities to share best practices and encourage decentralized cooperation.

Multi-Partner Trust Funds

More than ever, the UN system is stepping up its efforts to enhance coherence and efficiency at the country and global levels and to increase joint UN activities. Against this background and in the context of humanitarian, transition, reconstruction and development programmes, the UN system, national authorities and donors are establishing Multi-Donor Trust Funds (MDTFs) and Joint Programmes (JPs) that use the pass-through fund management model.

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UNDP's bilateral development partners have made strong endorsements to help poorer countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and play a crucial role in promoting and financing strategies that will enhance the capacity of developing countries to attain the MDGs. To increase its development effectiveness, UNDP is strengthening its partnerships with the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD, collaborating with the members of the DAC to promote the MDGs at the global, regional and country level.

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