UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)

UNDP profile

  • Overview

    UNDP leads the UN development system in nearly 170 countries and territories connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

    The 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity to address the persistent challenges of poverty and sustainable development, and requires new development solutions for a more prosperous and secure world.

    UNDP’s goal is to enable public and private actors to become transformative partners in the eradication of extreme poverty, reduction of inequality and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
    1. Sustainable development
    2. Democratic governance and peacebuilding
    3. Climate and disaster resilience

    Ranked the most transparent organization in the world by the independent Aid Transparency Index and one of the highest ranked multilateral agencies for value-for-money by AidData – UNDP’s core values, expertise and field presence make it a key partner in facilitating collective action for SDG implementation.

    By working with UNDP, private partners can gain brand reputation, influence, and be part of global and local business solutions for sustainable development.

    Private sector partners can contribute to UNDP’s work, including in the following areas:
    a) Sustainable development and poverty eradication – targeting the drivers of poverty, promoting jobs and livelihood opportunities, identifying solutions for migration, displacement, and financing long-term environmental sustainability.
    b) Climate change and disaster risk reduction – supporting countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change, energy efficiency, and reducing disaster risk.
    c) Governance for peaceful and inclusive societies – promoting democratic governance systems, and fostering investments in conflict analysis and conflict prevention.
    d) Emergency development response to crisis and recovery – rebuilding livelihoods through socioeconomic recovery, restoring core government functions, and coordinating the UN System work for early recovery.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    Companies that introduce sustainability into their business models are profitable and successful, with positive returns on capital in terms of reduced risk, diversification of markets and portfolios, increased revenue, reduced costs, and improved value of products.
    The private sector is increasingly adopting social and environmental goals as core business values, and there is agreement among business, government and civil society that the 2030 Agenda can only be met with public and private investments.
    UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is twofold:
    a) Private sector development through policy, capacity and institution building interventions for inclusive markets that result in expanded choices, opportunities, and benefits for the poor as producers, consumers, and wage earners at various points along value chains.
    b) Private sector engagement, where the private sector collaborates with UNDP in advancing the sustainable development agenda by supporting UNDP initiatives or co-creating development solutions for SDG implementation.

    Types of private sector engagements with UNDP
    a) Advocacy engagements –UNDP partners with business to convene private sector platforms for joint advocacy to bring about a change in the external environment on issues of common interest.
    b) Creating shared value through inclusive business – UNDP supports businesses develop products or services that benefit low-income groups and/or support value chain activities that enable low-income economic actors to provide goods or services that the business will procure.
    c) Resource contributions to UNDP initiatives – Private sector entities can make a financial, and or pro-bono (goods and services) contribution to a UNDP programme or project.
    d) Co-designing innovative solutions – UNDP partners with businesses to identify and provide solutions to development challenges, including support to local sourcing, creation of jobs, and rebuilding of livelihoods.
    e) Innovative financing – UNDP works with public and private actors to test new partnership models through impact investment and blended finance for sustainable business solutions to the SDGs.

    Strategy Note | UNDP’s Private Sector and Foundations Strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2020 can be accessed here

    Further guidelines
    1. https://business.un.org/en/documents/5292
    2. UN Guidelines on Pro-Bono Goods and Services, 2006
    3. Guidelines on a principle-based Approach to the cooperation between the United Nations and the business sector, 2015
    4. UNDP Policy for Due Diligence and Partnerships with the Private Sector (2013)
    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Water and Sanitation; Women's Empowerment

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 48 countries (click to show)
    Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic of the); Cote d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Americas: 29 countries (click to show)
    Argentina; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay; Venezuela
    Asia: 31 countries (click to show)
    Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor Leste; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Vietnam
    Europe: 23 countries (click to show)
    Albania; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Hungary; Lithuania; Montenegro; Norway; Poland; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Sweden; Switzerland; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Ukraine
    Middle East: 19 countries (click to show)
    Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
    Oceania: 4 countries (click to show)
    Fiji; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Samoa

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Automobiles & Parts; Banks; Basic Resources; Chemicals; Financial Services; Food & Beverage; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Insurance; Media; Oil & Gas; Other; Personal & Household Goods; Technology; Telecommunications; Travel & Leisure; Utilities


    Description Date
    Partnership to finance the construction of a One UN House in Malawi 08 Mar 2018
    UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Joint Initiative on Disability Rights 15 Feb 2017
    Help UNDP rebuild lives in Nepal: debris removal and early recovery 02 May 2015
    Support UNDP Ebola response and early recovery 10 Dec 2014
    ICT-Equipment for Young Volunteers connecting Rural Youth and Women Micro-Entrepreneurs to Markets in Darfur and Eastern Sudan 07 Oct 2010
    Business Partnerships to Improve Hibiscus Tea Value Chain for Women Farmers in Sudan 05 Aug 2010
    The Green Commodities Facility 19 Jun 2010
    Business Call to Action 18 Jun 2010
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