What We Do

On the ground in more than 170 countries, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight and provides technical assistance, policy advice and development support services using flexible implementation modalities. 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 directly with national priorities and are reviewed and adjusted annually.

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: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India

    The Sun in the Kitchen
    The Sun in the Kitchen

    There’s just half-an-hour to go before 650 hungry boys come flocking in for lunch. The atmosphere in any other kitchen would have been frenetic, but Raja,more

Photo Essays


The Solar Bowl

The Solar Bowl
A charitable institution in Tamil Nadu, India is using solar energy to cook 3,000 meals for 650 children a day, reducing dependence on cooking gas and saving nearly US$ 8,000 each year