United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


“Leveraging our strengths and innovation to develop national capacities and to foster inclusion and cohesion in a sustainable green Guyana”

Who We Are

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development agency, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries and territories, including Guyana, working with governments and people on their own solutions to national and international development challenges.

UNDP has been operating in Guyana since 1966, supporting its people in the pursuit of national goals and objectives, as articulated by the Government in its national development plans and strategies. UNDP has contributed to Guyana’s development priorities in particular by supporting the objectives of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), namely to promote economic development, while at the same time combating climate change.

Our Goals

UNDP is committed to helping Guyana and other countries around the world to build and share solutions to development challenges. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, the building of national capacity and the empowerment of women and indigenous people. In Guyana, UNDP works to fight poverty by supporting human development in a sustainable way. This concept is called Sustainable Human Development (SHD). As such, our work here focuses on poverty reduction, democratic governance, and matters relating to the environment and energy

UNDP works in three main areas in Guyana:

Poverty Reduction

Guided by international frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNDP’s work on poverty reduction focuses on improving the economic opportunities that help people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. This is done through sustainable livelihood programmes, social business enterprises and access to financial services.

Democratic Governance

UNDP supports Guyana in deeping democratic governance, and encourages the inclusion of all socioeconomic groups and stakeholders in decision-making. Initiatives in this area include assisting the Parliament Office with fostering a more transparent parliamentary process; supporting youth empowerment and inclusion through building the capacity of youth leaders; addressing solid waste management issues; supporting Guyana’s human rights institutions; and ensuring that Most At-Risk Populations for HIV/AIDS are allowed access to services without risk of discrimination or infringement of their rights.

Energy, Extractive Industries and Environment

UNDP helps Guyana to responsibly manage and value its natural resources and ecology, and to maintain a healthy living environment for its people. UNDP’s support to Guyana currently targets capacity-building and the strengthening of legal and institutional frameworks; the phasing out of ozonedepleting substances; the mitigation of land degradation through sustainable land management; increased energy access for hinterland communities; enhanced biodiversity protection in the gold mining sector, and the strengthening of capacities in disaster response and risk reduction. UNDP is also working with the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands.

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