Russia-UNDP Partnership

 A new partnership agreement signed by UNDP and the Russian Federation

Since the closure of the UNDP Country Office in Moscow in 2010, Russia and UNDP entered a new stage of partnership, focused on cooperation at the regional and global levels, and Russia’s growing role as donor of development assistance. 

What we have accomplished so far

The Government of the Russian Federation and UNDP signed a landmark Partnership Framework Agreement on 23 January 2015, which sets the stage for cooperation in the following areas:

  • Supporting Russia’s multilateral engagement, especially in the work of the UN development system and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as well as global energy-related initiatives in Eastern Europe and the CIS;
  • Enabling cooperation with CIS countries on rural development, sustainable water resource management, and response to HIV/AIDS;
  • Promoting Eurasian region integration as a means to promote trade, economic growth and sustainable human development;
  • Helping low income and lower middle income countries to reduce poverty, and prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies;
  • Enhancing effectiveness of Russia’s development assistance through leveraging the knowledge and experience of institutions and experts from the Russian Federation.

Between 2011 and 2013, we partnered with the Ministry of Economic Development on international expert seminars focused on Russia’s cooperation with BRICS countries. During the G20 Russian Presidency in 2013, UNDP engaged with the Ministry of Finance on the agenda of the Development Working Group and with the Sherpa’s office in support of the Outreach track with Civil Society – Civil 20.

Since November 2013, we have been building the capacity of the Federal Agency for Affairs of CIS, Compatriots Living Abroad and for International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) via targeted information briefings on the social and economic situation and development assistance mechanisms for such countries as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Serbia.

In 2014-2015, we organized a series of international seminars together with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy aimed at drawing up the economic agenda for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

On 11 June 2015 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed an agreement formally establishing a joint Russia-UNDP Trust Fund for Development with initial funding of US$ 25 million over the next 4 years.

The Fund will focus on the CIS region, emphasizing assistance to low income and lower middle income countries in priority areas, such as sustainable development, poverty reduction, rural development, sustainable management of water resources, HIV/AIDS, disaster risk reduction and early preparedness to emergencies, post-disaster response and early recovery, sustainable energy and other fields.


Projects financed by the Russian Federation from the TFD

Disaster Resilience for Pacific SIDS

US$ 7,5 million


Integrated Osh Area-based Development”, Kyrgyzstan

US$ 3,5 million


Integrated Rural Tourism Development, Armenia

US$ 3 million


Supporting Agriculture and Rural Development in Serbia

US$ 1,5 million


Promotion of employment and self-employment of the population in small and medium-sized towns in the Republic of Belarus

US$ 1 million


Strengthening preparedness and response capacity, Tajikistan

US$ 1,5 million


Knowledge Management and Capacity Building in Russia-UNDP Partnership, Phase I

US$ 500,000 UNDP

US$ 100,000 UNV



Programmes and projects financed by the Russian Federation beyond the TFD

Comprehensive development of Naryn Oblast in Kyrgyzstan

US$3.5 million


Livelihood Improvement of Rural Population in Nine Districts of Tajikistan

US$6.7 million


Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in accession to WTO (the fourth phase)



Socio-economic development of uranium tailing communities in Kyrgyzstan

US$ 1.476 million


Integrated support to rural development: building resilient communities in Tavush region, Armenia

US$5 million


Building national capacities for establishing animal’s identification and tracking in Kyrgyzstan US$450,000 2016


Other the Russian Government’s contribution to:


UNDP part of Syria SHARP Appeal

$2 million


UNDP part of the Philippines appeal

$1 million


Post-hurricane recovery in Cuba

$1 million


Vanuatu Debris Clearance Initiative

$0.5 million


Emergency support to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian people and foster the recovery of disrupted livelihoods

$2 million



The Russian support to implement technical assistance initiatives:


Technical Support to Improve Sanitary, Phytosanitary, and Veterinary Safety, Including the Work towards Kyrgyzstan’s Accession to the Customs Union



Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures of the Republic of Tajikistan



Capacity building of professionals of the Kyrgyz Republic for organization of the system of cattle identification and tracing in Kyrgyzstan in the framework of participation in the Eurasian Economic Union




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