What We Do

UNDP partners globally with all levels of society in more than 170 countries and territories where we operate. We offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. We call this people-centred approach “human development”.

Our Goals

The impact of climate change and human activity on our ecosystem, volatile food and fuel prices, poor governance and the struggle of countries to prevent and recover from natural disasters and conflicts are contributing to a rapidly changing global landscape. This places even greater urgency on countries to set development policies that are forward-thinking, sustainable and put people at the centre. UNDP is working for a world where people are empowered and nations made more resilient to create and sustain growth that will improve people’s lives. We are committed to help India achieve the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the national objectives articulated in consecutive Five-Year Plans. We aim to improve the lives of the poorest women and men, the marginalized and the disadvantaged in India


Shanti Jheel won the sarpanch seat for scheduled caste candidates in 2010. A woman who has never been to school and has faced multiple discriminations as a member of the Dalit community, she was empowered through intensive, tailor-made training on justice redressal mechanisms and laws made possible through a partnership between UNDP and the Government of India. The partnership aims to strengthen access to justice for marginalized communities. As a result, her village has better roads, children visit anganwadi centres more frequently and the Dalit community has a greater voice in the gram sabha. [Photo: Shubhangi Singh/UNDP India]

Stories of Change

Photo Essays

  • Saving Energy in the Tea Sector
    Saving Energy in the Tea Sector

    UNDP in partnership with the Tea Board of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and the Global Environment Facility initiated a four year project in 2008, aimed at introducing energy conservation measures in small tea processing factories that could help units save between 15 to 30 percent in energy costs.more

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  • Conserving Medicinal Plants, Protecting Traditional Knowledge
    Conserving Medicinal Plants, Protecting Traditional Knowledge

    India has a rich resource base of medicinal plants, plush with about 8,000 different species. According to the Government of India (GoI), traditional medicines are the sole means of health care for about 65 percent of the population.more


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