What We Do

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Our Goals

In the Philippines, UNDP fosters human development for peace and prosperity. Working with central and local Governments as well as civil society, and building on global best practices; UNDP strengthens capacities of women, men and institutions to empower them to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the objectives of the Philippine Development Plan. Through advocacy and development projects, with a special focus on vulnerable groups, UNDP works to ensure a better life for the Filipino people.

Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Impressive rates of economic growth have not led to significant poverty reduction or to an expansion of opportunities for decent work in the country. Therefore UNDP works towards a more inclusive growth that encompasses smart strategies, which enable the country to benefit more broadly from its national endowments. (Photo: UNDP Philippines)

Our Stories

  • Members of the Ulot Watershed Model Forest Stakeholders Federation (UWMFSF) comprised of 11 people’s organizations now help guide and operate Torpedo Boats in Samar Island National Park. (Photo: Wayne Pan/UNDP Philippines)

    From timber to tourists: Community transformation in Samar Island
     boat man

    “Illegal logging – that is the large scale logging done by big companies. What we did here is not logging. We cut trees to sell tomore

  • Using salvaged lumber and other recycled debris from Typhoon Bopha, a villager in the Philippines' Compostela Valley participates in a UNDP programme to rebuild communities while bringing much-needed income. (Photo: RV Mitra/UNDP Philippines)

    After Philippines typhoon, clean-up brings recovery

    “I’m not a carpenter but I hope that these wood scraps that I gather can be used to rebuild the damaged school where my child usedmore

  • Established home vegetable gardens in Conner, Apayao. Native vegetables and root crops are possible alternative/complement to rice. (Photo: UNDP Philippines)

    Putting food on the table through SAPAT
     vegetable garden

    Like many housewives in the poor province of Apayao in the Philippines, Betty Nadnaden had difficulty putting food on the table for her growing family. Timesmore

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  • School children in the ‘School of Peace’ in Manila de Bugabos, Agusan del Norte are taught about peace. (Photo: MP Duran/ UNDP Philippines)

    Schools of Peace: Antidote to culture of war, violence
     school children

    MANILA DE BUGABOS, Agusan del Norte – Joy Carol C. Ardecer teaches peace to Grade 1 pupils. This morning, the lesson plan in mathematics was aboutmore

Projects and Initiatives

 man clearing debris

Debris disposal and management in areas affected by Typhoon Pablo

The project seeks to support the local authorities and disaster-affected communities to clear and manage the debris generated and brought about by Typhoon Bopha (locally named Pablo), thus reducing threat to lives, health risks, as well as enabling the entry of critical assistance and life-saving services. more

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Early Recovery and Rehabilitation for Central Mindanao (ERRCM) Project

The project seeks to contribute to the efforts of the national and local governments in facilitating the return/resettlement and early recovery of families displaced by the armed conflict in Mindanao. more


Philippines Poverty Environment Initiative: Environment and Natural Resources Revenues and Benefits for Poverty Reduction and Environmental Sustainability – Phase 1 and 2

The Philippine Poverty-Environment Initiative focuses on poverty reduction and sustainable development by integrating pro-poor agenda and environmental concerns into development planning and decision-making process. It aims at demonstrating that, if managed properly and sustainably, natural resources can propel the country to a path of an inclusive and sustainable development. more

people walking in flooded streets

Enhancing Greater Metro Manila’s Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/Climate Risk Management towards Sustainable Development (GMMA READY Project)

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. more

political rally

Developing a Corruption-intolerant Society

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

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United Nations Development Assistance Framework
UNDAF 2012-2018

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012-2018 articulates the collective, coherent and integrated response of the UN system in the Philippines in support of national development priorities. It is a result of comprehensive consultative process of identifying the major development priorities in the country and UN's comparative advantage.

UNDP Philippines Country Programme Document
UNDP Philippines CPD 2012-2016

The Country Programme Document (CPD) is the binding legal agreement between UNDP and the Government of the Philippines. Developed from extensive consultation with government, civil society and other devlopment partners, the CPD - along with the UNDAF - guides UNDPs programmatic interventions in the country.

UNDP Strategic Plan: 2014-2017
UNDP Strategic Plan: 2014-2017

With the changing world as the backdrop, and building on our core strengths, our vision is focused on making the next big breakthrough in development: to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Human Development Reports
2013 Human Development Report

The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.