UNDP Around the world

  • Beautiful Bulgaria

    The first decade of Bulgaria's transition to a market economy was marked by turmoil. The Beautiful Bulgaria programme was born in 1997 at the height of this turmoil.

  • Community Recovery in DRC
  • Nov 1, 2006

    The Community Water Initiative (CWI) supports decentralized, demand-driven, innovative, low-cost, and community-based water resource management and water supply and sanitation projects in rural areas. The publication provides an overview of CWI’s project portfolio and features highlights from completed CWI projects in Guatemala, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda.

  • Responding to the crisis in Yemen

    Already one of the poorest countries in the Arab region, Yemen’s situation worsened considerably amid escalating armed conflict in 2015. We are helping people get back to work so they can become self-sufficient again, helping restore basic services such as health care, and contributing to peace-building.

Projects & Initiatives

  • Microfinance in Mongolia

    A nation in transition In the 1990s Mongolia transformed from a centrally planned to a market-driven economy. By 2004 the private sector’s share of GDP had...more 

  • Pro-poor trade reforms combined with resources under the Aid for Trade initiative can help developing countries to use trade in favour of human development. With the support of donors and partners, UNDP works with countries at the national and regional levels to improve their ability to produce, compete and trade with each other and beyond. more 

  • Jamaica spends most of its government revenues on the repayment of debt and its interest, with little left over to spend on poverty reduction and infrastructure. A recent Jamaica Debt Exchange programme lightened its debt servicing burden by restructuring Jamaica’s domestic debt. more 

  • Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) studies help developing countries analyse the impact of the economic crisis and come up with policies to better deal with consequences of the crisis on poor and vulnerable people. more 

  • As a middle-income country with very unequal income distribution, Namibia is a place of poverty amid plenty. Although statistics about poverty and inequality are collected, they are rarely analyzed to understand how poverty and inequality are related to each other and how to bridge the gap between rich and poor. more 

  • Small farms in the northern regions in Ecuador value the ability to market their produce. Production systems that UNDP and partners helped build in the region enabled them to raise their incomes. These systems are also environmentally sustainable and fair to all.more 

  • In 2007, UNDP launched a Joint Programme with UNIFEM and UNICEF to support the Moroccan Ministry of Justice to implement the reformed Moroccan Family Code (Moudawana) which establishes a less discriminatory legal framework governing property rights, inheritance and divorce.more 

  • This initiative devises and employs a tool to map the ways in which a range of global issues affect poverty in particular countries. The tool is then used to generate policies on global issues that support better lives for poor people. more 

  • The MDG Gap Task Force systematically tracks existing international commitments in the areas of aid, trade, debt relief, access to new technologies and affordable essential medicines, and identifies gaps in their fulfillment, providing recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address them. more 

  • Landlocked countries – those without access to the sea – pay more to trade with other nations. UNDP supports the government of Mongolia to orient trade policies toward poverty reduction and advocate for the needs of landlocked developing countries.more 

  • UNDP teamed up with ILO, UNICEF and FAO to help Lesotho promote youth employment. The project’s goal is to give young people the entrepreneurial training, resources and mentoring they need to start business.more 

  • UNDP and the World Bank teamed up to help developing countries conduct Poverty and Social Impact Analysis. The analysis can be used to formulate development strategies and policies and bring civil society into policy discussions.more