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Visual Guide to Cost Recovery (Quantum version)

Please click here for the Atlas version of the Business process for Cost Recovery.
(Atlas Tools and Guidance Notes are still available for 2022 closure activities until the 2022 accounts are closed by the end of February 2023)

The objective of publishing this business process for cost recovery is to provide readers with an overall understanding of the procedures to recover costs for UNDP for delivery enabling services, general management support and UN agency services. The visual guide provides an overview of the process flow steps of all procedures, as well as the tools and guidance for cost recovery in UNDP with links to the relevant cost recovery resources in the POPP for each process flow step.


Delivery enabling services (formerly DPC) are when a project activity entails functions which require UNDP staff for effective execution, but fulltime staff is not warranted, the project may source such services from UNDP staff not directly employed for the project, located in the Country Office, or in any other UNDP location.  A project may also share personnel costs on any contractual modality for shared services in the office.

General Management Support (GMS) charges cover the costs to the organization that are not directly attributable to specific projects or services, but are necessary to fund the corporate structures, management and oversight costs of the organization.

UN agency services: Services that UN entities may request to UNDP are driven by their various needs. This includes at various levels -- country, regional and global level

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