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UNDP in India

About us

What we do

UNDP has been working in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment and resilience.  UNDP’s programmes continue to fully integrate a global vision for catalytic change with India’s national priorities.

With more than 30 projects on the ground in almost every state, UNDP India works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by transforming traditional models to do development differently. In a rapidly changing global environment, the work of UNDP and the broader UN family aligns with the Government of India's new national development vision, India 2030, and builds upon the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP India's country programme for 2023-2027 has four major focus areas:

  • Inclusive growth
  • Environment and energy
  • Strengthening systems and institutions
  • SDG Acceleration

These are supported by a framework of renewed partnerships and blended finance solutions, a pool of financial and technical resources for greater impact and scale, and South-South expertise.

A partnership for sustainable development

UNDP has strengthened partnerships with government and extended Sustainable Development Goal integration to local bodies; leveraging the full potential of state offices; promoting financing; scaling up innovative and successful skilling and employment models; and investing in gender equality outcomes. UNDP also supports the Government's net-zero commitment and scale up circular-economy models. To strengthen its leadership, UNDP will increase outreach to external stakeholders, generate evidence and build knowledge partnerships to support national and subnational governments, including by linkages with the Global Policy Network and “#FutureSmartUNDP” approach.