Sustainable development

UNDP works with national partners to reduce poverty and advocate for human development. Almost 30% of people in the region either live in poverty or are at risk of living in poverty; and increases are expected by approximately five million people for every one percent decline in GDP (World Bank, 2009). Most countries in the region face rising inequalities, a large setback in social protection, an expanding informal sector, a decrease in male life expectancy, and a massive surge in migration.

Our Goals

The region has experienced the highest increase in socioeconomic inequality in the world over the last 20 years. One third of people surveyed in the region say that they are excluded - from economic life, social services and participation in society.
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New olive oil facility brings jobs and hope to Turkish host community

An olive oil plant in Kilis, Turkey will bring new life into the olive industry while providing much needed livelihood opportunities to a community that has doubled in population due to the influx of refugees from neighbouring Syria. more

Our Stories

Albania Karaburun-Sazan Marine Protected Area

Albania's stunning coastal beauty

Through a participatory approach, UNDP helped developed and secure the Karaburun-Sazan Marine Protected Area, the first of it's kind in Albania. What once was an isolated, unreached spot, has now turned into an attractive place, especially for foreign and local tourists. more 

 Armine Muradyan helped start a women's farming cooperative, which is now selling broccoli in Yerevan markets.

Adding value to agriculture in Armenia

The ENPARD programme is designed to support the agricultural institutions, encourage the development of farmers’ associations, and improve access to more affordable food in the European Neighborhood countries. more 

Lela Khatiashvilli with some of her children at home in the village of Abano. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP Georgia

Life on the edge in Georgia

An initiative in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia, that borders the conflict divide with South Ossetia, is helping people find stability, economic growth, and hope for the future.more 

Kosovo unemployment young people

The new entrepeneurs of Kosovo*

Meet a new generation of talent, shaping the future one idea at a time.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Aid for Trade

    Through the Aid for Trade project, UNDP promotes trade and country competitiveness in 11 countries in the region, to reduce poverty and improve peoples’ lives.more 

  • Roma in Central and Southeast Europe

    Roma are the most marginalized ethnic minority in the region, with many living in poverty and lack of access to basic social services. UNDP is working with Roma communities and national partners to address this pressing challenge.more