Legal Framework

In 1952, the Government of India and UNDP entered into a basic agreement to govern UNDP’s assistance to the Special Agreement on the Technical Assistance between UN organizations and the Government of India. In 1959, the Agreement between the UN Special Fund and the Government concerning assistance from the Special Fund was signed.

The Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India is the designated nodal department which approves and signs the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) with UNDP. The programme is nationally executed and implemented by a range of partners including government ministries, state governments, district authorities, civil society organizations, NGOs and other UN agencies.

2013-2017

India UNDAF (2013-2017) 
The United Nations Development Action Framework (2013-2017), developed in partnership with the Planning Commission of India, reflects the work of all UN entities working in India. It focuses on six outcomes, in line with the fundamental principles of the Approach Paper to the 12th Five-Year Plan. These are - achieving inclusive growth, improving food and nutrition security, promoting gender equality, ensuring access to quality basic services, strengthening decentralization and delivering sustainable development.

UNDP Country Programme Document for India (2013-2017)
The Country Programme Document (2013-2017), developed in consultation with the Government and key partners, builds on the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017. The programme is in harmony with the 12th Five-Year Plan of the Government of India and has benefited from wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, including within the United Nations system, and a comprehensive.

Country Programme Action Plan (2013-2017)
The Government of India and UNDP have signed a new Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) in support of the Government’s efforts to promote rapid, inclusive, sustainable development that benefits the most excluded through partnerships with Central Ministries, state governments and civil society. The CPAP (2013-2017) is based on the Country Programme Document (2013-2017) which was approved by the UNDP Executive Board in September 2012. The UNDP Country Programme, which was elaborated under the leadership of the Government and in consultation with partners, is aligned with the main aims of the Government’s 12th Five-Year Plan and with the United Nations Development Action Framework (2013-2017).

2008-2012

India UNDAF (2008-2012)
The India-UNDAF 2008-2012 outlines the vision, strategy and collective action of the UN system. The overarching objective of the document is to promote social, economic and political inclusion for the most disadvantaged, especially women and girls. The essence of the UN's work in India during the five-year cycle is captured in the four UNDAF outcomes that aim to contribute to- effective implementation of national flagship programmes, strengthened capacities of all governance actors for an equitable last mile delivery of public services, effective utilization of available funds in select districts, and safeguarding development gains from natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

UNDP Country Programme Document for India (2008-2012)
The present Country Programme document for India (2008-2012) was formulated in partnership with the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance, building on the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2008-2012. The programme is in harmony with the 11th Five-Year Plan of the Government of India and has benefited from wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, including within the United Nations system, and a comprehensive review of lessons from past cooperation.

Country Programme Action Plan (2008-2012)
The Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP 2008-12) between the Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme was signed on 27 February 2008, and has seven outcomes across five programme areas of Poverty reduction, Democratic Governance, Disaster Risk reduction, Energy and Environment, and HIV and development. The focus areas of the UNDP India programme are closely aligned to the UNDP Strategic Plan and the 11th Five-Year Plan of India. The CPAP is currently being implemented through 60 projects in partnership with 15 central line ministries, seven UNDAF state governments, and a number of NGOs and UN agencies.