United Nations Development Programme

The UNDP is the United Nation's global development network. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP is a large multilateral organisation with a complex structure. It focuses on five core areas of operation, including

  • Energy and Environment
  • Democratic governance
  • Poverty reduction
  • Crisis prevention and recovery
  • HIV/Aids

UNDP delivers most of its services through country offices. These offices work with governments and partners to carry out activities that tackle poverty and its causes.

UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) provided funding and support for regional cooperation since the early 1990s, and their backing was key to the successful establishment of the Benguela Current Commission (BCC). From 2008 to 2011,  UNDP Namibia  provided administrative and financial management services to the BCC. In 2011, the Ministerial Conference decided that the roles and responsibilities carried out by the UNDP would be transferred to the BCC. A phased approach was adopted and the transfer was completed in mid-2012.