Our Partners

UNDP EthiopiaUNDP Administrator Helen Clark with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairman of African Union, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, cutting ribbon at Rise of the South Conference inauguration in Ethiopia in May 2013. Photo: Eva Hinds/UNDP Ethiopia.

Programme Country Governments

From Mauritania to Mozambique, UNDP helps programme governments in Africa and other national entities attract and use aid effectively, in addition to providing policy and technical assistance so they can fulfill their national development objectives.

Bilateral Partners

To increase its development effectiveness, UNDP is strengthening its partnerships with the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD, collaborating with the members of the DAC to promote the MDGs at the global, regional and country level. Increasingly, we also work with countries across the developing world that have achieved impressive results in the area of economic growth, poverty reduction and human development. These countries provide valuable lessons in promoting sustainable human development.

United Nations System

UNDP coordinates the development activities of the United Nations. It plays a key role in helping to reform the UN as part of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). UNDP is also helping to formulate coherent country-level development plans and framework by chairing the UNDG team for Africa, which oversees the work of UN Country Teams. We also work closely with Africa-focused institutions of the United Nations, such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Office of the Special Advisor for Africa (OSAA)

International Financial Institutions

International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are an important source of development funding. They account for a large portion of the non-core (earmarked, project-specific) funding of UNDP. UNDP has entered into formal agreements with IFIs such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

Private Sector

The private sector can make an important contribution to development by fostering innovation, providing funding and promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries. In many of our programme countries the preconditions for private sector development and the emergence of inclusive markets (i.e. markets that extend choice and opportunity to the poor as producers, consumers and wage earners) are not yet in place. To facilitate inclusive market development, UNDP focuses on connecting and integrating local producers with domestic and global markets. This work is supported in Africa by the African Facility for Inclusive Markets.


Both global and local foundations are providing strong backing for UNDP's development activities. UNDP engages in three types of partnerships with foundations. In the first one, foundations award grants to UNDP in support of specific projects in line with their overall mission and priorities. The second is based on mutual information sharing and knowledge generation. The third type of partnership is forged at the community level, with civil society organizations and community foundations.

Civil Society Organizations

For UNDP, civil society constitutes the full range of formal and informal organizations that are outside the state and market. This includes social movements, volunteer organizations, indigenous peoples' organizations, mass-based membership organizations, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, as well as communities and citizens acting individually and collectively. UNDP partners with civil society organizations in programme implementation and policy advocacy. At the country level, this often means working with them to provide basic services in the areas of health, education, water delivery, agricultural extension and micro-credit provision.

Regional Institutions and Economic Communities

Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are recognized as a cornerstone and building block to better address conflicts and political instability, and to accelerate Africa’s economic integration. We work with organizations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to further these objectives.



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