Our Projects

To support human development and the achievement of the MDGs in the Philippines, UNDP works at both national and local levels; the development and implementation of innovative pilot projects and local interventions are paired with actions that ensure a supportive legal and regulatory policy environment.

UNDP identifies key gaps in policy, regulation, and capacity. Those gaps are then addresses through policy support, technical assistance, and capacity building to strengthen relevant national and local institutions. Similar effort are directed at civil society and community group partners wherever necessary. UNDP's work with the UN Civil Society Advisory Committee serves to foster deep partnerships with grassroots organizations. UNDP draws on these as well as government partnerships at the local level to pilot projects, strengthen the capacity of local leaders and communities, and support the empowerment of stakeholders to allow them to affect their own lives.

To reflect the complex and multi-sector nature of the country's development challenge, UNDP is pursuing convergence in its programme and developing activities that tackle development issues from a broader perspective. Throughout its work, UNDP draws upon a global network of partners and experts mobnilizing resources and applying experiences.


Poverty Reduction

Democratic Governance

  • The project aims to mitigate corruption in governance through increased citizen participation in public finance processes.

  • The project aims to initiate reform through a rights-based, local democracy model that aims to strengthen voice channels between claimholders (citizens), and duty-bearers (government). Interventions will be geared toward establishing indirect and direct voice channels at the local level, where the practice of democratic dialogue, constituency-building, and inclusive participation can be strengthened.

  • The project will continue to support processes of systemic change through which the marginalized are protected and enabled to use the law to advance their rights and their interests as citizens and actors in development. It will approach development from the bottom up, empowering people to demand and exercise their rights while at the same time strengthening mechanisms and processes to better respond to the needs of the marginalized. This includes the strengthening legal identity, voice and standing of the marginalized to ensure an inclusive development process.

  • In 2016, under a $60 million government financing agreement, UNDP began assisting the Department of Education in delivering one of the Government’s most critical programmes, the Kinder to Grade 12 Basic Education Programme. Through this agreement, UNDP provides an assistance package that includes technical support for public financial management reform, capacity development, citizens’ engagement in monitoring service delivery and procurement services.

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Environment and Energy

  • The LECB PHL Project is assisting the Philippines in the formulation of its roadmap for climate change mitigation strategies.

  • Project ReBUILD seeks to improve the governance framework in Region 2, CAR and Region 6, by putting in place the necessary enabling policy environment, mechanisms, systems and tools. It also aims to improve the competencies of the concerned personnel to address disaster risks from natural hazards and climate change, which set back development gains and make the vulnerable poor population poorer.

  • The objective of the Project is to improve the condition of the fisheries and their habitats in the Sulu Celebes Sea through an integrated, collaborative, and participatory management at the local, national, and tri-national levels.

  • The Project is expected to develop tools and mechanisms that would improve the coordination of national Rio Conventions stakeholders in terms of preparation and implementation of related policies, program and project activities. Additionally, it aims to develop tools that would ensure that the local and national stakeholders are addressing key global environmental issues in the pilot site and around the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) in a coordinated manner.

  • GMMA READY Project aims to decrease the vulnerability of the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) to natural hazards and increase their resilience, by strengthening the institutional capacities of the local government units, concerned national government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations to manage disaster and climate change risks.

  • The Project Climate Twin Phoenix aims to assess the disaster vulnerabilities of the affected areas of Regions 10 and 11 in Mindanao to geological, meteorological and meteorologically-induced hazards due to climate change. The results will provide the basis for priority mitigation actions like community- based and -managed early warning systems, and integrated contingency planning and mobilization.

  • The expansion of the National Integrated Protection Areas System (NIPAS) to recognize new conservation areas such as those managed by indigenous people, local communities and local government units is seen as an opportunity to accelerate the coverage of the existing system, before the important key biodiversity areas are overtaken by these threats. In partnership with key organizations, local communities and other stakeholders, the Project will directly address key barriers and establish solid foundations for accelerated expansion of the terrestrial system in the Philippines, supported by strong management capacities, and sustainable financing.

  • The BPP is in recognition of the need to address habitat fragmentation brought about by inadequate policies, tools and capacities to encourage the participation of local government units (LGUs) in mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in local agricultural landscapes. The key intention of this project, therefore, is to increase the capacity of the LGUs to mainstream biodiversity conservation in production landscapes/seascapes geared towards the protection and enhancement of the quality of the environment and the sustainable management of the natural resources. Specifically, the project aims to demonstrate how LGUs, with enhanced capacities, and working together with local and national partners, can plan and manage economic activities and growth in ways that meet landscape-level biodiversity conservation and sustainable use objectives in critical biogeographic regions.

  • The Project addresses the country’s need to fulfill its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and to contribute to the efforts towards implementing the CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020 at the national level. Integration of the Philippines’ obligations under the CBD into its national development and sectoral planning frameworks through a renewed and participative biodiversity planning and strategizing process will produce measurable targets and indicators for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

HIV and Development

  • Responding to the emerging needs of the country vis-à-vis the 4th AIDS Medium Term Plan (AMTP), the present national strategic plan on AIDS, the Programme has five key components: (1) Leadership for Effective and Sustained Responses to HIV and AIDS; (2) Strengthening Institutional Capacities and Partnerships on HIV and Migration; (3) Mitigating the Economic and Psychosocial Impacts of HIV and AIDS; (4) Strategic Information and Community Leadership among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) Populations; and (5) Knowledge, Communication, and Advocacy to Promote Deeper Understanding of HIV and AIDS.

  • This Programme is directly aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012-2016 and the AIDS Medium Term Plan (AMTP) 2012-2016. It seeks to strengthen capacities of national and local governments and affected communities to plan and implement sustained, comprehensive and effective responses to HIV and AIDS in the following areas of interest: (1) Development and resource mobilization for the implementation of gender-responsive, age-sensitive and context-specific normative guidelines for targeted HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes; (2) Policy reforms at the national and local levels; (3) Institutional capacity enhancement of the national and local AIDS coordinating bodies; and (4) Capacity development of national government agencies, Regional AIDS Assistance Teams, local government units and civil society organizations, including empowerment of community groups, particularly men having sex with men (MSM) and transgender groups, to participate in the country response to AIDS.

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