The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) works in nearly 170 countries and territories with an aim to eradicate poverty and reduce discrimination and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, partnering abilities, leadership skills, institutional capacities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change and supports countries’ efforts to achieve sustainable development goals. Through all its activities UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.
- Empower people and build more resilient communities in 161 countries
- Create nearly 1 million jobs, 41% of them for women
- Strengthen livelihoods in low-income communities, benefitting 11.2 million people
- Combat climate change and mitigate its impacts in 140 countries
- Register 18 million new voters, including nearly 4 million in Afghanistan
- Train 2 million health workers to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
- Improve energy access for 1.3 million people
- At approximately US$5 billion annually, donor contributions to UNDP represent about one-fifth of all contributions to the United Nations development system
- The main contributors to UNDP include:
- Governments: national and sub-national authorities
- Multilateral and International Institutions: European Union, World Bank
- Private Sector: Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, for-profit companies
Core Resources: Core funds are the pillar of UNDP’s support to the world’s poorest countries.
Thematic Funds: Thematic Funds are pooled funds that help UNDP achieve the targets outlined in its strategic plan. These funds contain monitoring and reporting mechanisms to support results- based management.
Earmarked Funds: Designated to specific programmes and projects, earmarked funds can be assigned at the global, regional and—most commonly—country levels.
UN Pooled Funds: Sometimes, donors will pool money to support a particular project or programme. UN pooled funds range from those managed by the UN Secretariat (such as OCHA’s Central Emergency Response Fund) to UNDP-administered Multi-Donor Trust Funds (MDTFs) and Joint Programmes (JPs).
Vertical Funds: Vertical funds are created in response to high-visibility, single-issue advocacy campaigns and to tackle specific development issues. They are frequently administered by the World Bank. The main Vertical Funds with whom UNDP works are:
- Global Fund
- Global Environment Facility
- Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol