UNDP-EU Partnership Report: Towards a Life of Dignity for All

20 Feb 2014

10 years of UNDP-EU Strategic Partnership


The report demonstrates that the UNDP-EU partnership makes a difference where it matters most – in improving the lives of people, around the world. However, the report argues that there is scope to deepen the partnership in areas where it clearly demonstrates an added value, and venturing into new, emerging areas where the partnership has potential to make an important impact.

One of the key factors that make the partnership special is that the cooperation takes place at the policy, advocacy, knowledge sharing and programmatic levels, each feeding and complementing one another. Thus, the partnership adds value at the level of international policy and norms, but also translates these into practical realities on the ground to improve lives. Indeed, the results presented in the report show how international partnerships can successfully facilitate nationally driven and owned economic, social and political change.

In the last decade, the EU has provided EUR 3.3 billion to UNDP’s activities in 115 countries (many more if including also regional and global programmes) through the signature of around 800 contracts.

Some highlights from the UNDP-EU partnership in 2004-2013:

  • UNDP/EU worked in 98 countries advancing good governance, contributing to deepening democracy and more inclusive societies.
  • We supported 53 countries with their electoral cycle, contributing to strengthened national capacities and national ownership of the process, free and fair elections, and the increased participation of women, both as voters and as candidates in the elections.
  • Over 70 countries, out of which over 30 fragile countries, received support toprevent and recover from crisis.
  • We helped 28 countries be better prepared for natural disasters, preventing loss of lives and material damage. In addition, we helped countries ‘build back better’ to ensure better resilience against future disasters.
  • Within the framework of the Poverty Environment Initiative, that supports 24 countries across several regions, the partnership has helped countries in their efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development planning.
  • In the area of climate change, the partnership supports 25 countries to carry out nationally driven climate change mitigation actions.
  • Policy and programme dialogue between UNDP and EU is vibrant, also at the country level. Up to 90 percent of UN/UNDP Country Offices in most regions report an on-going policy dialogue with the EU Delegations in the country, especially on issues around democratic governance.

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