Our Projects

UNDP projects are designed in consultation with national stakeholders and contribute directly to the Government of India – UNDP Country Programme and the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF). Projects are aligned to one or more of the following programme areas -poverty reduction, democratic governance, environment and energy. 

Poverty Reduction and Livelihoods Promotion

mango, odisha, undp, agriculture, livelihoods, women farmersPhoto: Biju Boro for UNDP India
  • Affordable Rural Housing for All

    In partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development, UNDP, through the Governance & Accelerated Livelihoods project, helps promote affordable housing for the rural poor. The first component of this has been to provide beneficiary households with a wider range of choices in terms of housing designs, materials and construction technologies. These choices are tailored to local conditions, aim to enhance user benefits and reduce the environmental footprint of housing.

  • Disha: Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India (2015-2017)

    A three-year partnership between the India Development Foundation, UNDP and Xyntéo, supported by IKEA Foundation seeks to positively impact the lives of one million women in India through training, entrepreneurial skill development and employment, as well as to develop a new model of public-private collaboration that can be adapted and replicated across India.

  • Governance and Accelerated Livelihoods Support (GOALS) (2013-2017)

    The project aims to strengthen the effectiveness of key programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development with a particular focus on livelihoods and employment in twelve districts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.

  • Strategic Programmatic Engagement at the State Level (2013-2017)

    The project on Strategic Programmatic Engagement at the State Level is positioned as an intervention to strengthen capacities and institutions of state governments to support the large and scalable programmes and projects they implement. The project specifically aims to a) strengthen technical, institutional and operational capacities in states in the implementation of key priorities under both centrally sponsored schemes and state funded programmes; b) support implementation of scalable ideas and integrated large scale projects for poverty reduction and ‘final mile’ impact using the Development Support Services (DSS) provision agreed in the GOI–UNDP Country Programme Action Plan 2013–17; c) make available a platform to the states for sharing good practices and innovative development solutions; d) forge new partnerships for development; and e) strengthen UNDP’s presence in and outreach to the states.

Democratic, Decentralized Governance

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Environment and Energy

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  • 5th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (2012–2016)

    Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Small Grants Programme (SGP) supports initiatives that demonstrate community-based, innovative, gender sensitive and participatory approaches. Under the programme, grants are made directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support community-level initiatives that help conserve global biodiversity, mitigate climate change, protect international waters, reduce the impacts of persistent organic pollutants and prevent land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.In India, the programme has been supported through the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) since 2000.

  • Climate Change Community of Solution Exchange (2009 onwards)

    The project aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and provide opportunities to practitioners to collaborate, network and collate experiences to effectively tackle challenges posed by the adverse impacts of climate change.

  • Energy Efficiency Improvements in Commercial Buildings (October 2010- March 2017)

    The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to reduce energy consumed by large commercial buildings by integrating appropriate design interventions such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in buildings.

  • Energy Efficiency Improvements in the India Brick Industry (2009-2016)

    The manufacturing of bricks typically using traditional firing technologies consume resources such as soil, energy and cause significant air pollution. The objective of this project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility is to promote the production of resource efficient bricks.


  • Improving Efficiency of Health Care System in Multiple States (2013-2017) Nov 17, 2015

    UNDP is supporting Government of India and State Governments in improving efficiency of healthcare systems and medical service delivery through procurement of medical goods and enhancing capacities of the existing government medical entities.

  • Improving Efficiency of Vaccination Systems in Multiple States Jul 23, 2015

    In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, UNDP aims to support the UIP through designing and implementing an Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), and strengthening the evidence base for improved policymaking in vaccine delivery, procurement and planning for new antigens. Integrating innovation with health care, eVIN aims to strengthen the vaccine supply chain to ensure equity in vaccine availability.

  • Increasing Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for Vulnerable People (2013- 2017) Sep 7, 2015

    In partnership with the Department of Aids Control, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, the project aims to reduce stigma faced by people affected by HIV and support improved access to entitlements and services through mobilizing communities and strengthening institutions on facilitating access to social protection and expanding coverage of HIV services to hard-to-reach men-having-sex-with-men and transgender groups.

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