Partnerships are at the centre of all UNDP work and a fundamental driver of of its business strategy and its ability to deliver development results. UNDP actively promotes a range of development partnerships with all of its stakeholders, both national and international, working together in all phases of the development cycle from programme design to implementation, review, and revision, in order to impact the assessment and formulation of new interventions.
United Nations Development Programme - Kosovo institutions
Kosovan institutions are UNDP Kosovo's most important partner. Through its responsibilities to coordinate efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals, the UNDP supports institutions and their effort to improve the lives of Kosovans through a participatory process of awareness raising, analysis, and implementation of initiatives that support national priorities.
United Nations Development Programme - Donors
UNDP outreach and cooperation also extends to the international community. This cooperation includes various UN Agencies and Bretton Woods Institutions, as well as donors and other multilateral and bilateral development organizations operating within Kosovo.
United Nations Development Programme - Civil Society
The UNDP also works with the civil society, including NGOs, community-based organizations, members of academia, and representatives of the mass media. UNDP Kosovo engages with the civil society and CSOs across all practice areas, with a particular focus on policy and governance, localization of MDGs, conflict prevention, and recovery. The UNDP has identified indigenous peoples as a particularly relevant partner in poverty reduction efforts and inclusive development policies at the local, national and international levels. Roles and responsibilities of the UNDP and CSOs depend on the cooperation modality:
1. CSOs as partners: the Memorandum of Understanding usually contains a broad cooperation framework and provides for cconsultation and a mutual exchange of information. The specific responsibilities and roles will depend on the particular MoU.
2. NGO implementation: the Project Cooperation Agreement describes the role and responsibilities of UNDP Kosovo and the NGO which acts as the implementing partner. When NGOs are designated as an implementing partner for UNDP activities, management responsibility for the entire project including achieving the project outputs lies with the NGO.
3. NGOs as recipients of grants: the Memorandum of Understanding or micro-capital grant agreement describes the roles and responsibilities of the UNDP and the NGO. The recipient NGO is responsible to undertake the activities described in its workplan and budget; to provide quarterly reports to the Steering Committee; and to provide annual audited statements.
4. NGOs as contractors: the procurement contract (typically a contract for professional services) describes the roles and the responsibilities of the UNDP and the NGO as a contractor. While a NGO within a contract can be tasked to take over a certain degree of project management, the overall responsibility, especially regarding budget control and reporting, rests with the implementing partner (national institutions, UN agency, NGO or UNDP country office). Within the framework of a contract, the implementing partner and the NGO can freely agree on the scale and scope of the service, the timetable, the reporting requirements/frequency, and the payment schedule.
United Nations Development Programme - Private Sector
Through many of its programmes, UNDP also engages the private sector in support of public-private partnerships. Interactions with the private sector can be divided into three areas:
Private sector development - where UNDP interventions aim to support development of the private sector through policy, capacity and institution building, interventions with the private sector as beneficiary as well as microfinance policy.
Private sector engagement - where the private sector is a collaborator with UNDP in its development programmes and projects;
Procurement – in which the private sector provides goods and services to UNDP within a commercial contract. Please click here for more information.