South Africa



UNDP plays a critical advisory role in driving the sustainable development agenda in line with South Africa’s development priorities and fostering coordination within UN South Africa, including providing key system-wide services and country support platforms to support the implementation of the SDGs. UNDP South Africa works with the UN system to help the Government of South Africa deliver its District Development Model (DDM) and COVID-19 response and recovery interventions.  


UNDP partners with the South African Government and its department to help them access different forms of development finance to rollout development initiatives to address triple development challenges of poverty, income inequality and unemployment, in line with the National Development Plan and the 2030 Agenda.


The private sector is recognized as a key partner to the achievement of the universally adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It plays an important role as an engine of economic growth and job creation. It provides goods and services, generates tax revenues to finance essential social and economic infrastructure, develops new and innovative solutions that help tackle development challenges and it is a central actor in addressing climate change.

UNDP’s collaboration with the private sector takes various forms:

  • Facilitate discussions between public and private sector and the civil society on a specific development theme or industry sector;
  • Find solutions for development challenges through core business activities and initiatives that include low-income groups into value chains as producers, suppliers, employees and consumers;
  • Mobilize private sector financial and in-kind resources for sustainable development solutions;
  • Leverage innovative financing and partnerships solutions to mobilize private capital for the implementation of the SDGs;


Civil society actors at national and global levels have developed substantive capacity and influence in a range of development issues. Partnering with them can help contribute to the effectiveness of development interventions, especially concerning marginalized and vulnerable groups. In South Africa, UNDP partners with a broad range of formal and informal civil society organizations that are outside the state and market. These include social movements, volunteer organizations, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, as well as communities and citizens acting individually and collectively.