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Regional Bureau for Europe & the CIS. ANNEX 6: Examples of multistakeholder partnerships . Nov 2005. Results achieved: Real working example of CSR allowing for awareness raising in the wider business community in Poland Trust Fund up and running, funds distributed for 64 NGO

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Results achieved:

  • Real working example of CSR allowing for awareness raising in the wider business community in Poland
  • Trust Fund up and running, funds distributed for 64 NGO
  • Media as active partner
  • New partnership ideas: CIFAL PLOCK – International training facility for municipalities in CEE; Technological Park
  • Role for private sector:
  • Financial support
  • Active role in the daily Fund’s management
  • Leveraging Fund’s impact through facilitating its access to business networks
  • Key lessons learned:
  • Clear communication on roles and objectives, partnership principles, contributions of each partner (also in-kind contributions)
  • Patience and taking time to build trust – investment in discussions and explanations to ensure adequate comfort level of all partners
  • Effective approach for facilitating local development, especially mobilisation for change, role of business in SD at local level
  • Need to watch out for changes in political landscape which may affect local government
  • Description of initiative:
  • Public-Private Partnership to support implementation of sustainable development strategy in Plock: Small grants scheme for local NGOs
UNDP POLAND: Supporting the local development of Plock, Poland. A project implemented in partnership with the private sector
  • Location:
  • Poland
  • Partners

Levi Strauss


PKN Orlen*

Municipal authorities

  • Convening/brokering role in partnership
  • Administration of Trust Fund during its first year
  • Set up of transparent mechanism for Fund management thereafter
  • Role
  • Financial contribution ($100k)
  • Management involved in running of the Fund
  • Financial contribution ($333k)
  • Management involved in running of the Fund
  • Financial contribution ($400k)
  • Management involved in running of the Fund
  • Enhanced reputation
  • Saving on transaction costs in corporate giving
  • Increased benefits for the company’s employees through improved welfare
  • Enhanced reputation
  • Saving on transaction costs in corporate giving
  • Increased benefits for the company’s employees through improved welfare
  • Focused investment
  • Capacity-building
  • Enhanced transparency
  • Benefits
  • Promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships for local sustainable development
  • Main phases and activities
  • Future plans
  • Strategic consultations
  • Set-up
  • Roll-out
  • Identification of strategic priorities for Plock development – extensive consultations process including local government, businesses and civil society
  • Set up of Grant Fund for Plock (value of approx $830k) to support social/NGO initiatives linked to implementation of the local sustainable development strategy
  • Establishing mechanisms for the Fund’s functioning
  • Training programmes for NGO to build their capacity in efficient/ effective use of the Fund, partnering with business and municipality
  • New private sector donors
  • Replication in other towns in Poland
  • Leveraging with EU funds
  • Pilot edition
  • Monitoring and evaluation of NGO
  • Preparing for UNDP moving on strategy

* Largest fuel manufacturer and distributor in Poland, largest employer in Plock


Results achieved:

  • Hundreds of local firms counselled
  • 280 business plans created, 25% financed
  • $2 million+ disbursed in loans
  • 530+ jobs created
  • 1000+ on-going credit clients (in 2002)
  • Role for private sector:
  • Financial support
  • Active role in developing model and monitoring implementation
  • Key lessons learned:
  • Convergence of project goals and partners’ interests is key
  • Long-term perspective is critical
  • Need to include local government to ensure support
  • Centre should be encouraged to generate own income
  • Description of initiative:
  • Atyrau Business Advisory Centre and Micro-credit Programme, providing business training and lines of credit to SMEs
UNDP KAZAKHSTAN – Business Advisory Centre and Micro-credit programme implemented in partnership with the private sector
  • Location:
  • Kazakhstan
  • Partners

Local government




  • Role
  • Location for incubator
  • Project management and administration
  • Tested project model for SME development
  • Financial support
  • Credibility, relationships with local governments, trusted link to local community
  • Financial support (more than $900k overall)
  • Active participation in project formulation and monitoring
  • Participation in and support of local events (graduations etc)
  • Financial support ($125k over 2nd and 3rd phase)
  • Benefits
  • Realization of UNDP mandate to help countries promote sustainable human development, and alignment with MDG1 (Eradicate Extreme Poverty)
  • Government obligation fulfilled
  • Reputation and brand image enhanced
  • New vendors gained through enterprise development programme (38% of goods and services now procured locally)
  • Guarantee of reliable utilization of community development budget
  • Enhanced reputation
  • Long-term commercial advantage – early positioning of brand with local enterprises
  • Increased employment opportunities and higher local living standards
  • Main phases and activities
  • Business incubator
  • Establishment of business development centre
  • Expansion to include pilot micro-credit scheme
  • Future plans
  • UNDP gets support of local governor
  • 4 national counsellors recruited and trained
  • Services provided: seminars, trainings and workshops as well as drop-in services
  • Non-collateral peer lending offered to young adults and unemployed (all graduates of centre’s training seminar)
  • Involvement of Citibank
  • Provision of space (and business supplies) and professional services (secretary, accountant, lawyer) to start-ups
  • Micro-credit scheme to be registered with government as an independent micro-credit organisation

* UN Volunteers also involved


Results achieved:

  • Over 2000-2003, JOBS has created approx. 8000 long-term jobs; trained 7000+ entrepreneurs/ companies
  • Financial leasing scheme has disbursed $1.5 million to almost 300 companies, including 40% start-ups
  • Role for private sector:
  • Support of local economic development projects
  • Key lessons learned:
  • Business Centre model must be adapted to local realities
  • Self-sustainability needs to be focused on from the start, but will take time to achieve
  • Selection of priority sectors enables focus
  • “Job Opportunities through Business Support” (JOBS) - network of 24 Business Centres, including 11 Business Incubators and 3 Business Information Centres, aimed at stimulation and creation of SMEs
  • Description of initiative:
UNDP BULGARIA – Business Advisory Centre and Business Incubators implemented in partnership with the private sector.
  • Location:
  • Bulgaria
  • Partners


  • Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
  • Role
  • Financial donor
  • Development and testing of concept
  • Support in roll-out
  • Financial donor* (96% of funding, total funding close to $15 million)
  • Implementation responsibility
  • Benefits
  • Realization of UNDP mandateto help countries promote sustainable human development
  • Enhanced economic development of regions with high unemployment levels – strengthened and developed local businesses
  • Main phases and activities
  • Future plans
  • Geographic expansion
  • Roll-out
  • Start-up
  • Launched in Oct 2000
  • Based on previous experience of UNDP/ILO testing different tools for local SME promotion in remote communities over 1995-2000, resulting in set-up of 5 Business Centres
  • Development of Business Incubators, offering premises for rent at below-market rates, shared business services, start-up and business planning support and training
  • Strategic focus on 6 priority sectors (apparel and textile, wood processing and furniture, handicrafts, herbs and spices, tourism, alternative agriculture)
  • Set-up of IT Centres in each Business Centre, providing internet access, developing computer skills and supporting e-commerce
  • Financial leasing scheme – for maximum of $10,000, repayment period up to 36 months
  • May 2003
  • 11 more Business Centres, achieving national coverage
  • Set-up of National Business Development Network (NBDN) associating all JOBS BIs and BCs – exit strategy for JOBS Project, support for entrepreneurship promotion policies
  • NBDN to offer support for private sector to prepare for EU accession
  • Planned increased focus on specific target groups (e.g. military officers pending separation)

* Other financial donors include governments of Norway, Belgium and the Municipality of Torrevieja-Spain


UNDP partnership examples

  • UNDP works with businesses, across the world, in each of our 5 thematic areas:
        • Poverty Reduction, including Small & Medium-size Enterprise (SME) development, ITC, etc
        • Energy and Environment
        • HIV/AIDS
        • Democratic Governance
        • Crisis Prevention and Recovery
  • The following pages outline partnership examples in each of these areas.
undp partnerships in poverty reduction small medium size enterprise sme development
UNDP PARTNERSHIPS IN POVERTY REDUCTION - Small & Medium size Enterprise (SME) Development
  • Categories of UNDP support to SMEs:
  • Direct support to entrepreneurs:
      • Non-financial business development services:
        • Business centres
        • Business incubators
        • Supply chain initiatives supporting business linkages
      • Micro-finance
  • Enabling actions: creating enabling policy environment to support healthy business environment
  • Catalyzing investments: catalyzing and driving integration of investments in SME local country development (experience includes the new Growing Sustainable Business Initiative)
  • Examples of key partnerships:
  • Atyrau Business Advisory Centre and Micro-credit Programme in Kazakhstan, providing business training and lines of credit to SMEs (with ChevronTexaco, Citibank, local government)
  • Mexico Supply Chain Project – “Suppliers Training and Promotion of Chains” – development of network of Supply Chain Consultants, to be followed with provision of technical assistance to large enterprises with clusters of SME suppliers (with private partners such as Bimbo, Cementos Apasco, Firestone, 3M, Corporacion Internacional del Color, Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma; Canacintra – National Association of Manufacturers)
  • “Enterprise Africa” – pan-African not-for-profit consortium dedicated to establishing national programmes for entrepreneurship and enterprise development in 14 African countries (with more than 20 donors, including MNC, private foundations, business associations, multilateral and bilateral donors)
  • Establishment of Angola Enterprise Fund as public-private partnership for promotion of SME development in Angola and local capacity-building (with ChevronTexaco and Government of Angola)
  • “Job Opportunities through Business Support” (JOBS) in Bulgaria – network of 24 Business Centres, including 11 Business Incubators and 3 Business Information Centres, aimed at stimulation and creation of SMEs (with Ministry of Labour and Social Policy)
  • “Business Enterprise Support Tools” (BEST) in Egypt – demonstration of best practices in supporting SMEs through a self-sustainable business support centre model (with Social Fund for Development, and governorates)
  • Activities can be carried out on a national or regional level, with separate initiatives or an integrated approach

UNDP PARTNERSHIPS IN POVERTY REDUCTION - Information Technology & Communications (ITC)

  • Types of involvement:
  • Global initiatives:
      • Digital Opportunities Task Force
      • Digital Opportunity Initiative
      • Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP)
      • Small Islands Developing States Network (SIDSNet)
      • ICT for Development Programme
      • Cisco-UNDP Networking Academies Programme for 24 Least Developed Countries
  • Regional initiatives:
      • Asia Pacific Development Internet Programme (APDIP)
      • ICT Development Programme in the Arab Region (ICTDAR)
  • Types of involvement at country level:
      • Making ICTD work for the poor
      • E-governance and access to information
  • Examples of key partnerships:
  • Bridgeit programme in the Philippines – partnership to deliver interactive, multimedia education materials to schools around the world using mobile technology (with Nokia, International Youth Foundation, and Pearson)
  • Partnership focusing on innovative use of ICT for youth education and development in Malaysia; goal is to help local communities gain access to ICT to help overcome socio-economic disparities (with Coca-Cola Foundation and Ministry of Education)
  • Support of ICT capacity development through regional centres providing schooling to citizens in Afghanistan (with Microsoft)
  • Collaboration in 2 areas: 1) leveraging Microsoft’s existing “Unlimited Potential” programme – provision of technology trainingin community education centres across the developing world, 2) Exploring opportunities to apply innovative technology solutions to help address HIV/AIDS challenges in Southern Africa (with Microsoft)
  • Cisco Networking Academies – Least Developed Countries Initiative – strategic partnership to help train students in LDCs for jobs in the internet economy (with Cisco)
undp partnerships in energy and environment
  • Categories of focus:
  • Examples of key partnerships:
  • Frameworks and strategies for sustainable development
  • LP Gas Rural Energy Challenge (“LPG Challenge”) – addressing concrete barriers to meeting thermal energy needs of rural and peri-urban populations in developing countries, by increasing LPG affordability and availability in rural areas, through local partnerships, business models and financing mechanisms (with World Liquid Petroleum Gas Association)
  • Effective water governance
  • Access to sustainable energy services
  • Sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation
  • Growing Sustainable Business Initiative in Madagascar – support of projects to supply power to rural and poor communities; and support to small to medium-sized fuel transport companies in expanding their operations and increasing safety of fuel transport (with Total and EdF)
  • Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
  • National/sectoral policy and planning to control emissions of ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants
  • Growing Sustainable Business Initiative in Ethiopia – 3 project streams: Solar (using solar power to further education, health and water priorities), Water (smallholder irrigation and rural water supply), and Eco-tourism (with Shell and BESO)
  • Key programmes/facilities:
  • Energy for Village Level Economic and Social Development through Multifunctional Platforms in Burkina Faso and Mali (with Shell Foundation)
  • Energy for Sustainable Development
  • Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP)
  • Establishment of Multifunctional Platforms in specific geographic areas in Burkina Faso to support closer commercial relations in outreach programme for women harvesting shea nuts (with Aarhus)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Public Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment (PPPUE)
  • Resib Water and Sanitation Project in Yemen – partnership within Global Compact aimed at increasing rural access to clean water; with 3 components – i) water management, ii) community water supply and sanitation demonstration, and iii) technical and institutional capacity building (with Canadian Nexen Petroleum Yemen)
  • Water issues
  • Other programmes/initiatives: i) Capacity 21, ii) Drylands Development Centre, iii) Equator Initiative, iv) Montreal Protocol Unit, v) Poverty and Environment Initiative, vi) United Nations Volunteers: Environment
  • “Go Green” initiative in Lebanon – multi-stakeholder partnership to increase social community involvement in environmental issues (with Schtroumpf, TetraPak East Med, Coca-Cola, FTML-Cellis, Barter Card)
undp partnerships in hiv aids
  • UNDP services in the area of HIV/AIDS:
  • Focus on actions that create an enabling policy, legislative and resource environment for an effective multi-sectoral response to the epidemic
  • Specific service lines:
      • Leadership and capacity development
      • Development planning, implementation and HIV/AIDS responses
      • Advocacy and communication
    • Five main programmes:
      • Leadership Development Programme (LDP) to build individual and organizational leadership capabilities
      • Community Capacity Enhancement Programme (CCE) to strengthen capacity of communities to respond to HIV/AIDS
      • “We Care” Initiative to address HIV/AIDS within UNDP workplace
      • Development Planning to take account of HIV/AIDS in national, district and local planning processes
      • Arts & Media Initiatives to address stigma and discrimination and generate society-wide responses that are gender-sensitive and respectful of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS
    • UNDP is a co-sponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the main advocate for global action on the epidemic
  • Examples of key partnerships:
  • Support for poverty alleviation and HIV/AIDS reduction in Senegal, including community conversations, training of facilitators for local communities, workshops to increase local awareness; with funding by ICS (Industries Chimiques du Sénégal)
  • Awareness-raising on effects of HIV/AIDS pandemic through workshops with business leaders in the Republic of Congo; discussions of HIV/AIDS issues in the workplace (with national business association UNICONGO)
  • Leveraging training in IT to create awarenessin India amongst young people on issues of HIV/AIDS, undertaken within India Partnership Forum; using peer education methodology (with NIIT and NIS Sparta Ltd)
  • Digital Broadcast Initiative in Nepal – partnership project to promote distance education and HIV/AIDS awareness-raising information using satellite technology (with WorldSpace Foundation,Equal Access and Radio Nepal)
  • Teacher capacity building programme in Botswana - bringing together Brazilian communications experts and Botswana educators and media professionals to build interactive multi-media communication capacity for distance education, specifically involving development and implementation of audio-visual HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum (with African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership Group, which comprises Merck Inc and Gates Foundation; and Botswana TV)
undp partnerships in democratic governance
  • Categories of focus:
  • Policy Support for Democratic Governance
  • Parliamentary Development
  • Electoral Systems and Processes
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • E-governance and Access to Information
  • Decentralization, Local Governance and Urban/Rural Development
  • Public Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption
  • Core UNDP services:
  • Policy advice and technical support
  • Capacity development of institutions and individuals
  • Advocacy, communications and public information
  • Promoting and brokering dialogue
  • Knowledge networking and sharing of good practices
  • Examples of key partnerships:
  • Development of new Enterprise Law in Vietnam, which eliminated several hundred regulations which previously had significantly hindered set-up of private businesses (with variety of private sector players indirectly involved in discussions/ input proposal to new law)
  • Training Programme in Human Rights for Judges in Venezuela – training in new legal system and how to incorporate human rights considerations into judgments (with Statoil, Amnesty International and Consejo de la Judicicatura)
  • “Capacity 2015”- Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Papua, Indonesia – development of 10-year strategic regional development plan together with capacity building programmes, to guide development of major investment and ensure sustainable local development; first stage of 30-year plan (with BP, local government and Papua Provincial Development Planning Agency)
  • Businessmen’s Education on Intellectual Property Rights Project in China – training of local entrepreneurs to comply with international standards (with Quality Brand Protection Coalition, which includes Coca-Cola, Adidas, Johnson&Johnson; as well as other partners)
  • Public-Private Partnership to support implementation of sustainable development strategy in Plock, Poland (with PKN Orlen, Levi Strauss and municipal authorities)