About UNDP in Belarus

UNDP is present in Belarus since 1992. UNDP’s mandate in Belarus is determined by the Agreement between the Government of the country and UNDP of 24 September 1992, which requires UNDP “to support and supplement the national efforts at solving the most important problems of its economic development and to promote social progress and better standards of life”.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP activities in Belarus are currently guided by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2011-2015 and the UNDP Country Programme Document for 2011-2015, which was prepared through extensive consultations with key partners in the government, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system, and the international community. Our program activities fall into four main thematic areas:

  • Economic Development and Social Security;
  • Energy and Environment;
  • HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis;
  • Effective and Accountable Governance and Human Security.

Throughout its work in any thematic area, UNDP puts a particular emphasis on respect for human rights and promotion of gender equality.

What are our results?

UNDP works to produce concrete and measurable results. We also work to ensure that the individuals, institutions and systems assisted by UNDP continue to function effectively after external support ceases and, in fact, have the capacity to improve continuously their ways of working.

We closely work with the Belarusian Government to boost reforms, develop new strategies, promote inclusive economic development, and assist in achieving national priorities. We are proud of our joint achievements in prevention of the spread of TB and HIV-infection, conservation and development of wetlands in Belarus, engaging socially responsible businesses in addressing the problems of small towns and many other important results.

We have made a valuable contribution in improvement of administrative procedures and development of innovative entrepreneurship in the country. We have helped elaborate a regulatory and methodological framework for adoption of the Kyoto Protocol mechanism in Belarus, biodiversity conservation and, finally, supported and developed new Chernobyl initiatives.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in Belarus and is the Resident Representative for UNDP in the country.

UNDP’s assistance is administered through thematic projects.

Projects are implemented on the basis of a “project document”, a legally binding agreement between UNDP and its partners which delineates a plan for achieving the objectives, the required resources and arrangements for implementation. In Belarus, the project document is to be signed by the UNDP Resident Representative and the head of an executing agency which can be either a government entity or a non-governmental organisation. Projects are subject to registration either with the Ministry of the Economy or the Department for Humanitarian Activity of the President’s Affairs Management Office.

As soon as the project document is approved and funding is available, UNDP selects a Project Manager on a competitive basis to lead project implementation. The project manager is expected to coordinate with the National Coordinator, a designated senior representative of an executing agency. Upon completion of the project, UNDP provides the donor with a report summarising the outcomes and use of funds. The executing agency reports to the national authorities.