Why partner with UNDP?

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In today’s global economy access to new markets, products and production opportunities are important for companies’ competitiveness. At the same time economic development is central to the long-term success of businesses as the provision of affordable goods and services and job opportunities to the poor generate rising incomes and thus new market opportunities. Companies around the world are recognizing the benefits from taking greater responsibility and contributing towards sustainable development. 

Operating in a developing country and implementing inclusive business models that offer the potential for development impact along with commercial success however may lead to a range of complex issues that companies may not be able to handle on their own. Often these challenges can best be addressed in partnership with other actors – including other businesses, government agencies and civil society organizations. By partnering with UNDP many of the challenges can be addressed effectively.

UNDP has a long history of working successfully with the private sector in support of the Millennium Development Goals. As a partner, the private sector can benefit from engaging with UNDP through its:

  • Deep understanding of development issues and of the local context in developing countries;
  • Convening power  that brings together government and other stakeholders;
  • Facilitation role in developing value chains;
  • Expertise and mandate in building capacities of governments, private sector and civil society;
  • Guidance in conducting the business in a sustainable manner and building a positive brand image.

Companies interested in working with UNDP can engage through country offices, regional bureaus and Headquarters.  Click on 'UNDP around the world' in the top banner to access contact information for our Country Offices and Regional Centres, or email us at private.sector@undp.org

Featured Publications
Realizing Africa's Wealth: Building Inclusive Businesses for Shared Prosperity

This report, prepared by UNDP's African Facility for Inclusive Markets, describes the status of inclusive business in sub-Saharan Africa and the ecosystems underlying the enterprises and entrepreneurs driving such approaches. It identifies promising opportunities in strengthening these ecosystems, enabling enterprises and entrepreneurs to build more – and stronger – inclusive businesses.

Partners in Development - How Donors Can Better Engage the Private Sector for Development in LDCs

This report, prepared by United Nations Global Compact, UNDP and Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides concrete advice how donors and development partners can better engage the private sector for development in the least developed countries. The report provides examples of different collaboration approaches, donor programs and promising approaches for the public sector and private sector to join forces behind a common goal to enable wider development impact.