UNDP-India to Explore Ways to Expand and Deepen Partnership in India and Globally


“UNDP’s partnership with India in the 21st century should also have a global dimension. India has many experiences to share and technologies available to assist other developing countries to meet their development challenges.”

-UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark

The India LDC (Least Developed Countries) Ministerial Conference in New Delhi in its declaration acknowledged “the need to reinvigorate the United Nations development system in supporting and promoting South-South cooperation, and to this effect urge the United Nations funds, programs and specialized agencies to take concrete measures to mainstream support for South-South and triangular cooperation to help developing countries, at their request, to develop capacities to maximize the benefits and impact of South-South and triangular cooperation in order to achieve their national development goals and internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

South-South Cooperation (SSC) is about developing countries working together to find solutions to common development challenges. Linked by commonalities in their history, geography and challenges, the countries of the South have important lessons to share from which other developing countries can learn. South-South Cooperation promotes closer technical and economic cooperation among developing countries by allowing them to share best practices and to diversify and expand their development options and economic links. It is a powerful tool for building new partnerships and creating more democratic and equitable forms of global interdependence and governance. UNDP facilitates an on-going development dialogue between countries in the South.

Recognizing that one size does not fit all and today’s development solutions can be found in many parts of the world, UNDP India has collaborated with a number of countries in the South to identify solutions to key development challenges.

In 2011 some key highlights included:

  • 1. Exchanges with Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Iraq, Nigeria and Vietnam
  • 2. Global Forum on Local Development from Uganda to India 
  • 3. Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference 
  • 4. Training for effective elections 
  • 5. Support to furthering the human development approach in the South