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Managing Partnerships
Partnerships are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and essential for delivering on the vision and outcomes in UNDP’s Strategic Plan.
 Resources entrusted to UNDP should be utilized following the highest fiduciary standards. This applies equally to development activities performed directly by UNDP, or activities performed by implementing partners funded by UNDP.
This policy provides the prescriptive content, principles and practices for managing partnerships. The series of approved corporate policies detailed here guide UNDP partnerships with governments, the United Nations System, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), the private sector, foundations and civil society organizations (CSOs).

1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
UNDP Financial Regulations and Rules (2012)

FRR Rule 5.07
Guidelines on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Private Sector
United Nations Global Compact principles
United Nations Acceptance of Pro Bono Goods and Services (2006)
United Nations Charter
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
2.0 Policies
Main Policy
Managing Partnerships
 Related Policies
UNDP Policy for Due Diligence and Partnerships with the Private Sector (2013)
Policy on Cooperation between UNDP & the Private Sector 2009
Private Sector Risk Assessment Tool 2016
Innovation Challenges policy
Language English | Español | Français
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Steve Utterwulghe
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Summary of Changes/Comments
December 31, 2020 - The Managing Partnerships policy is now available in Spanish. To access the document, click on the Spanish language tab.

August 27, 2018 - The Managing Partnerships policy is now available in French. To access the document, click on the French language tab.

May 1, 2017 - Aligned with new Delegation of Authority policy (2017): The Partner Review Group (PRG) as established in 2008 has been abolished. Previously there were three segments on partnership section, consisting of civil society (published in 2010); foundations (2010), and the private sector (2009). The review was taken place to distinguish prescriptive content (requirement) from recommendations or descriptions. The content is now streamlined to be one policy document called “Managing Partnerships” encompassing elements of civil society, foundations and private sector.

March 28, 2017 - The updated policy clarifies the implementation process of partnerships instruments (MoUs and financing). In addition, updated hyperlinks are on the intranet resources pages.