Socio-economic development

and Environment


The long-standing partnership between UNDP and the Government of Kuwait has achieved significant results over the years as the demand for UNDP’s technical assistance continues to grow.  At the request of key ministries and public authorities, UNDP helps shoulder the government’s efforts to achieve the country’s ambitious aspirations for sustainable socio-economic development. The country’s archetypal development framework is embedded in its Kuwait Vision for 2035 that is reflected in the country’s 7 Pillared national development plan as well as in Kuwait’s commitment to achieve the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Overall, UNDP serves four focus areas: socio- economic and environmental development, human development, governance and Strategic, multilateral partnerships. UNDP Kuwait operates in line with the current UNDP Country Program Document (CPD) and the Country Program Action Plan (CPAP) for the State of Kuwait covers the 2015-2018 period. Both documents are fully aligned with the Kuwait for Vision 2035 and the Kuwait National Development Plan (KNDP).

Our Goals    

UNDP draws on its global expertise and proven track record as UN’s largest development agency when meeting Kuwait’s need for technical assistance.  In Kuwait, UNDP supports building multi-sectoral institutional capacities, developing and implementing national strategies, enhancing regulatory frameworks at par with international best practices, developing evidence-based policy making systems while integrating monitoring and evaluation techniques into development projects. UNDP extends its technical assistance to key national partners to optimize inclusive and sustainable growth and development towards Kuwait’s natural, social and economic resources. UNDP advises the government on the best development solutions for cost-effective utilization of potential opportunities while mitigating the effect of current or potential challenges.

Overall UNDP’s socio-economic and environmental technical assistance program offers support to Kuwait as it:

  •  Raises its global indicator rankings.
  •  Designs and implements long-term, innovative yet applicable socio-economic strategies.
  •  Enables the private sector to actively engage in constructing and maintaining a more nationally diversified economy.
  •  Manages its energy resources, and
  • Develops and implements national strategies and legal frameworks to ensure Kuwait fulfils its international obligations.


Pillar of Kuwait's Traditional economy

In Old Kuwait, the Traditional ‘Tawash’ (pearl traders) used to play a key role in the economic activity

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