UNDP and foundations

Working in partnership is essential to achieving peace and prosperity in the world. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is increasingly engaging public and private sector partners in a common effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the other goals of the Millennium Declaration by the year 2015. Philanthropic foundations will play an essential role in ensuring that we succeed.

As an organization, UNDP shares common values and objectives with many foundations, promoting development and working toward the benefit of communities and nations around the world. UNDP also recognizes that many foundations have valuable experiences in areas such as governance, environment, and HIV/AIDS and as such, they represent major driving forces in international development cooperation. UNDP's partnerships with foundations combine resources, knowledge and networks to increase the influence and impact in helping countries find solutions to their development challenges.

UNDP engages in three types of partnerships the first and most common is the “donor-grantee” relationship. In such cases a foundations may award grants to UNDP in support of specific projects in line with their overall mission and priorities. 

A second kind of partnership is based on mutual information sharing. UNDP recognizes the tremendous knowledge that foundations offer in specific areas such as governance, environment or HIV/AIDS and works with them to utilize their expertise and knowledge capacities. This type of partnerships significantly enhances the quality and scope of UNDP programmes. 

The third type of partnership is forged at the community level. UNDP works in partnership with civil society organizations and community foundations in their efforts to better address issues on the local level.

Strategy for Engagement with Foundations

The new strategy for engagement with philanthropic foundations adopted by UNDP senior management in July 2012. This strategy aims to reposition and strengthen UNDP’s work with foundations vis a vis the new developments in the philanthropic sector and embrace the new partnering opportunities. It focuses on the strategic collaboration for finding common solutions to development, with an emphasis on mainstreaming sustainable human development. It outlines new collaboration models where foundations as valuable partners are positioned as development partners rather than donors and offers space for working together in policy discussions, advocacy and problem analysis. 


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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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About UNDP's donors

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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