New partnerships in development cooperation


UNDP is working with emerging donor countries and leveraging their recent transition experience. At the same time, UNDP is adapting its business model to advance a new generation of development solutions by employing wider, less formal networks, treating knowledge as a key asset, and reaching out to non-traditional partners. 

Together with our national partners, we work to make development cooperation more effective and find solutions that arise, not from a textbook or a single experience, but from several partners coming together and generating new ideas.

This includes:

  • Supporting countries that have recently become providers of development assistance to manage their funds effectively, transparently, and with high visibility
  • Working with emerging donors to collect, organize and share knowledge gained from their experience in development cooperation
  • Building linkages with various non-state partners, such as non-governmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, think tanks and academia
  • Training government staff to deal with all aspects of development assistance such as project cycle management, strategic planning, and effectively communicating results

UNDP has been cooperating with emerging donors in Europe and Central Asia for more than a decade, providing them with knowledge and operational mechanisms of development assistance, offering access to its extensive network of country offices, and serving as reliable partner in building partnerships and technical capacities.

Some results so far

UNDP has been supporting Slovakia’s role as a provider of official development assistance (ODA) since 2002 through the Slovak-UNDP Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was instrumental for the creation of the Slovak Agency for International Development and Cooperation which has delivered over US $14 million in assistance to date.

Slovakia also shared its experience in public finance management with partners in Montenegro and Moldova, contributing to public finance reforms and helping these countries improve efficiency and move closer to the European Union (EU) standards.

Since 2004, the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund delivered over $7 million helping 17 countries in the Western Balkans and Central Asia to improve their national systems and legislation.

Romania is becoming a more effective provider of development assistance and sharing its transition experience and know-how in areas including: electoral management, public order, safety management, and fighting against corruption.

Using UNDP’s expertise, Kazakhstan is preparing to establish an international aid agency – KAZAID.

Russia’s Rossotrudnichestvo and Turkey’s International Cooperation Agency (TIKA) have both strengthened their capacities to provide development assistance:

Russia drafted its first ever country programme for Kyrgyzstan and is building capacity on sanitary and veterinary standards in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Turkey is preparing its first ever development cooperation strategy and working with UNDP to support the least-developed countries.

Leaders of civil society, think tanks, academic and public institutions from Europe and the Arab States built networks and shared experiences between the two regions during the First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo in February 2014.

The European Foundation Centre and UNDP are also exploring ways to work together on common issues in the region, such as the rights of people with disabilities and local development.

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