United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Moving ahead in the national growth processes!
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 170 countries and territories, 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.
Since 2003, UNDP has taken the lead in implementing all GEF-funded projects in Seychelles under the three focal areas, namely Biodiversity Conservation, land degradation and Climate Change. It also manages corporate programmes on behalf of the GEF partnership, which include the Small Grants Programme (SGP) and the EU Governance and Human Rights projects. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, UNDP in partnership with IUCN led the regional initiative Mangroves for the Future (MFF), which up until 2018 had a branch in Seychelles.