About UNDP in Kuwait
As a leading UN agency, UNDP assists the people of Kuwait to meet its development challenges, particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through knowledge, experience and resources sharing. UNDP has been working in Kuwait since 1962 cooperating with the Government and civil society to realize the country's aspirations for sustainable human development. In view of Kuwait's high human development status, UNDP programming is fully-funded by the state of Kuwait. Programming is designed to support the state of Kuwait to meet its national developmental priorities. Together with the aims of the UN Charter, these national priorities form the basis of all UNDP programming in Kuwait. UNDP partners with all Kuwaiti stakeholders to build national capacity to develop a more efficient public sector, support women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability and private sector development. Our national implementing partner is the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD).
What do we want to accomplish?
"To be the purveyor of top-quality advocacy and advisory services for the people of Kuwait."
"As a leading UN organization, UNDP- Kuwait assists the people of Kuwait enlarge choices and meet development challenges, particularly unrealized Millennium Development Goals, through knowledge, experience and resources sharing."
UNDP has been working in Kuwait for more than 30 years cooperating with the Government and civil society to realize the country's aspirations for achieving sustainable human development. In view of Kuwait's financial affluence that guarantees one of the highest standards of living for its citizens, UNDP designs its programmes of cooperation to respond to this unique situation where wealth is not matched by a parallel level of human development. UNDP partners with all Kuwaiti stakeholders to build national capacity to develop a more efficient public sector, support women empowerment, environmental sustainability and private sector development.
How We Do Business at UNDP Kuwait
UNDP in the State of Kuwait uses the National Execution Modality to implement development projects. The Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) is endowed with the role of national execution. SCPD is responsible for recruitment and procurement of goods and services for development projects. Recruitment of project personnel is carried through a Project Recruitment Panels (PRP). The PRP is chaired by a member of SCPD and is comprised of UNDP and a representative from the national implementing partner. UNDP is to ensure that the selection is made in a competitive manner from a pool of at least three screened applicants.
Procurement of goods is carried through a Government decreed committee aimed to achieve cost-effectiveness in the procurement of project goods and services by ensuring that purchasing decisions are based on open, competitive bidding among potential suppliers. The Committee is chaired by a representative from SCPD and comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, national implementing partner and UNDP. Relevant programme staff members from UNDP are present as observers. All contracts are issued by SCPD.
Who are the decision makers?
UNDP Kuwait partners with various governmental actors, non-governmentals organizations, civil societies, the private sector, UN agencies and other organizations. The decision makers vary according to the projects and the efforts it entails.
The Resident Representative and the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Kuwait collaborate with these actors in the decision making processes.