UNDP and QDF forge strategic partnership for Development

May 24, 2016

Istanbul - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Qatar Development Fund signed today in Istanbul, on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit, in the presence of Qatar Development Fund Chairman Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their cooperation and strategic partnership in support of the achievement of internationally agreed development goals including the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark and Director General of the Qatar Development Fund, Khalifa Al Kuwari signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

“Strong partnerships between all global development actors is key to achieving inclusive and sustainable development results over the fifteen year period of the SDGs”, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said. “Qatar has established itself as a key player in international development co-operation. UNDP is pleased to work alongside the Qatar Development Fund to help maximize its potential and effectiveness as a global development partner.”

The joint collaboration between UNDP and Qatar Development Fund will focus on funding development projects within specific countries of mutual priority, addressing priority issues of education, health, climate change and food security; promoting resilience-based development in crisis situations to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development action; and piloting innovative tools and mechanisms for development programming, monitoring and evaluation.

“The Qatar Development Fund’s main goal is inclusive and sustainable development. This partnership with UNDP is a great step towards achieving this goal and we are proud to collaborate with such an important partner on bridging the humanitarian-development gap,” said Qatar Development Fund Director General, Khalifa Al Kuwari. “Qatar Development Fund and the UN already have a track record of delivering sustainable development and peace-building projects such as the United Nations Fund for Recovery, Reconstruction and Development in Darfur. We look forward to continuing this collaboration with UNDP to address underlying risks and to promote resilience wherever this support is most needed.”

As part of the agreement, Qatar Development Fund and UNDP will cooperate on sharing development knowledge and experience on issues of mutual interest through the organization of joint conferences, seminars, workshops and training programmes. This partnership will also explore the potential of building specialized capacities through collaboration with other UN agencies.



About UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

About Qatar Development Fund: The Qatar Development Fund is a Qatari public organization established and organized pursuant to Law Number 19 of 2002 as amended and officially mandated to coordinate and implement foreign development assistance on behalf of the State of Qatar. The Qatar Development Fund has provided foreign assistance to several countries worldwide targeting a variety of sector needs, including education, health, and economic development. The Qatar Development Fund is committed to delivering aid through bilateral and multilateral channels in compliance with best practices.

Contact information

Nada Bouari
Partnerships Advisor, Regional Hub for Arab States - United Nations Development Programme Email: nada.bouari@undp.org Phone: +962 6 200 3139

Media Office
Qatar Development Fund Email: media@qatarfund.org.qa Phone: +974 40360309

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