New partnerships in development cooperation

UNDP has been cooperating with emerging donors in Europe and CIS 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.

Building upon this work, together with national partners, UNDP works 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.

The New Partnerships and Emerging Donors team includes team members based in four locations: Istanbul, Bratislava, Bucharest, and Moscow. We work on facilitating knowledge and funding flows from new EU Member States – Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia – to our programme countries, cultivating strategic partnerships with Turkey and the Russian Federation, and helping design innovative partnerships with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. 

Our day-to-day work 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

Some results so far

Following the signature of a Partnership Framework Agreement in January 2015, UNDP Administrator and Russia’s Foreign Minister signed an additional Trust Fund Agreement on 8 June 2015. The Trust Fund has the initial funding of $US 25 million until June 2019. The Trust Fund will support activities focusing on poverty alleviation, disaster risk reduction and early preparedness for emergencies, and energy and environment.

In June 2015, a regional programme started by the Government of Turkey and UNDP, which will support three projects in Georgia, Kosovo* and Uzbekistan until the end of 2016.

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 in the creation of the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (SAIDC). Slovakia also continues to share 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.

The UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania are working together to support Romania in  becoming a more effective provider of development assistance and to share its transition experience and know-how in areas including: electoral management, public order, safety management, and fighting against corruption. In 2015, UNDP has been designated by Romania as the implementation partner for the European Year for Development (EYD2015) National Work Plan. This includes a wide variety of communication and awareness raising on international development issues targeting such audiences as young professionals, media, students and academia, and civil society.

Kazakhstan and UNDP are working together on the preparations for a launch of Kazakhstan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme.

In February 2015, the OPEC Fund for International Development and UNDP jointly launched the first Cross-Regional Grants Competition. As part of the competition, non-profit organizations from Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa were invited to submit small-scale, innovative projects in two areas:  (1) Affordable Energy and Water solutions and (2) Economic Governance and Employment.


* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).



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