UNDP

About us

UNDP in India

Who we are

UNDP works in almost 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

What we do

UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. UNDP's programmes are aligned with national priorities and are reviewed and adjusted annually. In a rapidly changing global environment, the work of UNDP and the broader UN family aligns with the Government of India's new national development vision, India 2030, and builds upon the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP India's country programme for 2018-2022 has three major focus areas:

  • Inclusive growth
  • Environment and energy
  • Strengthening systems and institutions

These are supported by a framework of renewed partnerships and blended finance solutions, a pool of financial and technical resources for greater impact and scale, and South-South expertise.

A partnership for sustainable development

UNDP has supported India for the last five decades, both at the federal and provincial levels, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support. UNDP supports the government to reflect the new global agenda in national development plans and policies, to accelerate progress on SDG targets, and provide expertise on sustainable development and governance to the central and state governments at all stages of implementation.

74%

Adult literacy rate

12%

Share of women in Parliament

125

Rank on Gender Inequality Index

21.54%

Proportion of land area covered by forests

1.73

CO2 emissions per capita (metric tonnes)

79%

Enrolment in undergraduate education

0.624

Human Development Index (2016)

1.3 billion

Population

1861.50

GDP per capita (in current prices, USD)

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