UNDP India

Legal framework

In 1952, the Government of India and UNDP entered into a basic agreement to govern UNDP’s assistance to the Special Agreement on the Technical Assistance between UN organizations and the Government of India. In 1959, the Agreement between the UN Special Fund and the Government concerning assistance from the Special Fund was signed.

The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India is the designated nodal department which approves and signs the Country Programme Document (CPD) with UNDP. The programme is nationally executed and implemented by a range of partners including government ministries, state governments, district authorities, civil society organizations, NGOs and other UN agencies.


UNDP Country Programme Document for India (2023-2027)
Projected to be the fastest-growing large economy in the world in 2022, India plays an increasingly important global role as the sixth largest economy and second most populous country. The Country Programme 2023-2027 is aligned with UNDP Strategic Plan, 2022-2025 and is derived from the UNSDCF. It has been prepared in consultation with over 50 partners ranging from the Government of India (Department of Economic Affairs and line ministries) and state governments to the private sector, civil society, bilateral development partners and academia. The programme will be driven by strong partnerships, drawing on the expertise, impartiality and trust that partners see as central to the UNDP comparative advantage. Working with government (national and subnational), local bodies and institutions, UNDP will prioritize speedy implementation and engage in deep demonstrations and scaling-up of pilots, strengthen capacities and establish frameworks for Sustainable Development Goal localization and acceleration.


UNDP Country Programme Document for India (2018-2022)
The Country Programme Document (2018-2022), is formulated in close consultation with the Government, and guided by both the current and new UNDP strategic plans, 2014-2017, and 2018-2021. This consultation process confirmed the following UNDP priorities and defined areas of intervention. This country programme is fully integrated with the three UNDP programme outcomes and underpinned by a framework of renewed partnerships and blended finance solutions, pooling of financial and technical resources from various sources for greater development impact and scale, and draws on the best South-South expertise available.


India UNDAF (2013-2017) 
The United Nations Development Action Framework (2013-2017), developed in partnership with the Planning Commission of India, reflects the work of all UN entities working in India. It focuses on six outcomes, in line with the fundamental principles of the Approach Paper to the 12th Five-Year Plan. These are - achieving inclusive growth, improving food and nutrition security, promoting gender equality, ensuring access to quality basic services, strengthening decentralization and delivering sustainable development.

UNDP Country Programme Document for India (2013-2017)
The Country Programme Document (2013-2017), developed in consultation with the Government and key partners, builds on the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017. The programme is in harmony with the 12th Five-Year Plan of the Government of India and has benefited from wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, including within the United Nations system, and a comprehensive.

Country Programme Action Plan (2013-2017)
The Government of India and UNDP have signed a new Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) in support of the Government’s efforts to promote rapid, inclusive, sustainable development that benefits the most excluded through partnerships with Central Ministries, state governments and civil society. The CPAP (2013-2017) is based on the Country Programme Document (2013-2017) which was approved by the UNDP Executive Board in September 2012. The UNDP Country Programme, which was elaborated under the leadership of the Government and in consultation with partners, is aligned with the main aims of the Government’s 12th Five-Year Plan and with the United Nations Development Action Framework (2013-2017).