Core funding


What defines UNDP?


A global network, open to all; committed to the poorest and those in crisis; a convening force to anchor the integrated, multi-stakeholder approach inherent in the revitalised UN Development System. Core resources enable UNDP’s presence in over 170 countries and territories: present and actively engaging with governments, built on trusted partnerships to promote the values of the UN and the principle of leaving no one behind.


Why core matters?


Core (Regular) resources underpin UNDP’s operational capacity and networks, and presence at global, regional and country levels, across 170 countries and territories. This allows us to provide  on-demand  support  to  national  governments as part of the broader UN System support.

Being the most flexible funding modality, core allows UNDP to lay the foundational work in programme design that will help attract more resources from other sources. This flexibility allowed us to quickly re-purpose existing core funds to directly support the needs of Country Offices.


COVID-19 is a development crisis


As the leading United Nations agency on development, UNDP is playing a key role in supporting countries, as part of UN Country Teams, to:

  • Rapidly respond to COVID-19 crisis
  • Safeguard progress on the SDGs
  • Leave no one behind

Core is key to UNDP’s long-standing relationship and trust
with governments before, during and after a crisis.
Thank you to our 2021 Core Contributors