Sat, 21st September 2019 | Updated Tuesday 23 July 2019, 08:45:36
The UNDP is the United Nations’ global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP has branches in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
Seychelles though small is very different from many countries benefiting from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) cooperation because of its relatively high standard of living. Significantly, its achievement of Middle Income Country status in the late 1990s, ended UNDPs traditional support and it was only in the early 2000 that UNDP and the Seychelles Government set out to rebuild the country’s programme with an initial focus on developing activities to be supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the years 2003-2006.
Currently, UNDP takes the lead in implementing all GEF-funded projects in Seychelles under the three focal areas mentioned earlier. It also manages corporate programmes on behalf of the GEF partnership, which include the Small Grants Programme (SGP), the UNDP-IUCN led Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative and the EU Governance and Human Rights projects.