Partnerships are at the centre of all aspects of our work. Our partners include host governments, donors, the United Nations system, international financial institutions, bilateral agencies, municipalities, the private sector, foundations, civil society and the media.
UNDP benefits from its global presence in nearly 170 countries to bring together actors from a variety of backgrounds to share expertise, explore joint ventures and develop solutions for global and national development challenges. UNDP’s analysis and experience is highlighting where interventions are likely to have the greatest impact, while also ensuring that all action is adapted to each country’s context.
Implementation of the new five-year country programme for 2018-2022 will rely on the continued strong partnership with the Government and local authorities, including cost-sharing. A number of UNDP projects are implemented nationally, under the direction of the Government and in partnership with relevant national authorities.
Working with local public authorities, UNDP ensures that all community members, in particular vulnerable groups, participate in taking decisions which affect their life and that of the community, thus linking local needs to the greater national development agenda.
We work closely with the Congress of Local Authorities and the Academy of Public Administration to further strengthen local public authorities and promote decentralization.
UNDP engages with civil society organizations (CSOs) at all levels to support people in their efforts to build a better life. Substantive partnership with CSOs is of greater strategic importance than ever given the integral role of civil society actors in development. There is growing recognition that engagement with CSOs is critical to national ownership, accountability, good governance, decentralization, democratization of development co-operation, and the quality and relevance of official development programmes.
UNDP promotes regional cooperation, aiming for the transfer of technology and skills, beyond knowledge-sharing to lasting partnerships and concrete results that change people’s lives; achievements in promoting innovation, confidence-building and advancing renewable energy use have already been shared through UNDP networks. Engagement with the international centers of excellence in the area of social innovation and impact evaluation (Nesta, MindLab, Behavioural Insights Team, FutureGov, etc.) will be continued.
The private sector can make an important contribution to development by fostering innovation, providing funding and promoting entrepreneurship. UNDP will continue engaging private sector for solving public issues through social innovation.
Building on successful Delivering as One mechanisms and the expertise of United Nations partners, UNDP supports the activities of the United Nations system are well coordinated and complementary.
The diversity of donors contributing to our programmes as well as the substantial resources channeled through UNDP programmes confirms once again the vote of confidence of the national government and the international and local community in UNDP’s role and effectiveness in the area of sustainable development.