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.
The implementation of the new five-year country programme for 2018-2022 relies on the continued strong partnership with the Government and local public authorities. 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.
We work closely with the Congress of Local Authorities and the Academy of Public Administration to further strengthen local public authorities.
UNDP engages with civil society organizations (CSOs) at all levels to support people in their efforts to build a better life. The partnership with CSOs is of strategic importance given the integrator role of civil society actors in development. There is growing recognition that engagement with CSOs is critical to national ownership, accountability, good governance, democratization of development cooperation, 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. New partnerships for development have been established with reputable institutions, such as the European Space Agency. Engagement with the international centers of excellence in 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 is continuosly engaging with the private sector for solving public issues through social innovation.
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 by the national government and the international and local community in UNDP’s role and effectiveness in the area of sustainable development.