Our Partners

Development challenges facing any country are multiple and diverse, and it is only by bringing together the collective experience and strength of various stakeholders that society can successfully advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recognition of this, UNDP China places partnerships at the center of all its activities. The country office collaborates with many partners, both within and outside of the UN system, sharing resources and enhancing the collective potential for development throughout China.

Government of China

UNDP works closely with the Government to implement programmes that support national priorities and help achieve the country's developmental aspirations. Many of UNDP China's initiatives are implemented by government agencies at both the national and local level. The Government and UNDP are jointly responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of UNDP supported projects throughout the country.

On the ground, UNDP China develops collaborative relationships with relevant government ministries, departments, and agencies to successfully deliver projects and ensure ownership and sustainability. In some instances the Government may contribute to programmes or projects either in kind or through programme cost-sharing arrangements.

UNDP China also works closely with the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in South-South cooperation, based on the MOU signed China and UNDP in 2010. Since then, UNDP and China have set up innovate programmes which promote South-South cooperation between China and other developing countries.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
UNDP also engages with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at various levels, as partners in advocacy and implementation. These partnerships are essential in ensuring a nexus between national policies and local communities. An essential component to good governance, accountability, and national ownership of development programmes, civil society is becoming increasingly influential in the policy making arena. Where possible UNDP engages with CSOs for advocacy and service delivery while providing assistance to develop and strengthen the organizations themselves.

We work with:

  • China Women's Development Foundation
  • Peace and Development Foundation
  • All-China Women’s Federation
  • All-China Lawyers Association
  • All China Environmental Federation
  • Beijing Huizeren Human Service Centre
  • Beijing Zhicheng Legal Aid Station
  • China Association for NGO Cooperation
  • China Development Brief
  • China Law Society
  • China Legal Aid Foundation
  • China Volunteer Association
  • Yunnan Daytop Drug Rehabilitation Centre
  • Beijing Gender Health Education Institute
  • Zeshan Foundation

Bilateral and Multilateral Donors
UNDP programmes and projects include close partnerships with governments, bilateral and multilateral development organizations. These partners often commit financial and technical resources for the implementation of UNDP programmes. Such platforms have enabled the country office to coordinate and harness knowledge, expertise, skills and resources of various governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations to provide the best development solutions for society as a whole.

UNDP China has strong relations with the international donor community, with which it shares ideas and experiences. We also gratefully utilise their financial support for some of our projects. For example, UNDP’s South-South cooperation work with China has benefited greatly from a ‘Global Issues Facility’ sponsored by AusAID. Additionally, South-South projects are also funded by DFID; Denmark; and others.

Think Tanks and Academic Institutions

  • Central University of Finance and Economics
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
  • China Development Research Foundation
  • Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation
  • National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Centre
  • China Center for International Economic Exchanges
    Development Research Center of the State Council
  • China Institute for Reform and Development
  • China Region Development and Research Institute
    China Academy of Governance
  • National Disaster Reduction Center of China
  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Renmin University
  • Beijing Normal University
  • Zhejiang University

Bilateral and Multilateral Development Partners

  • AusAID
  • Denmark
  • DFID
  • EU
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Macau

The Private Sector

The private sector contributes toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by generating economic growth, employment and public revenue. In addition, many businesses now hold greater corporate social responsibility and are eager to support development initiatives. As such, the public and private sector are becoming increasingly more important as a UNDP strategic partner. UNDP China works with various businesses--from multinational corporations to local enterprises--that are keen on supporting national and local development.

We work with:

Media Organizations

  • Xinhua News Agency
  • Caixin Media
  • Phoenix TV
  • Sina.com

UNDP China Private Sector Advisory Board & Young Professionals Leadership Programme

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What is the Private Sector Advisory Board?

UNDP has formed a Private Sector Advisory Board with a group of high-level influential private sector organizations in China who can provide insights and mobilize networks to assist and promote UNDP China's work in sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Achieving the SDGs will require collective action, and cooperation across stakeholders. Within this context, UNDP launched its Private Sector Advisory Board in China. 

The Private Sector Advisory Board will meet at least once a year to discuss key issues concerning sustainable development. Board members will serve to provide insights and share expertise with UNDP China on the different aspects of sustainable development by drawing from their experiences in their respective industries, through which they will support promoting UNDP China’s work and mandate. 

Board Objectives

  • To strengthen UNDP’s engagement with leading players in a key sector – private sector.
  • To gain strategic support and technical know-how to advance UNDP’s work and objectives, as well as some of the members priorities, and create a platform for private sector where they can contribute their technical expertise for advancing development work, ideally going beyond CSR.
  • To jointly promote sustainable development and business engagement through innovative communication campaigns.  

Founding Board Members

  • Mme. Dong Mingzhu, Chairperson & CEO, Gree Electric
  • Mr. Gao Jifan, Chairperson & CEO, Trina Solar Ltd
  • Mr. Liu Richard, Founder, JD.com
  • Mr. Pan Gang, President, Yili Group
  • Mme. Wang Xiaoyan, Senior Vice President, Lenovo
  • Mr. Zhang Yaqin, President, Baidu

What is the Young Professionals Leadership Programme?

In addition to the Advisory Board UNDP have developed a Private Sector ‘Young Professional Programme’, in which the Board Members have identified exceptional young professionals within their organizations to represent them at UNDP working level Private Sector Board meetings

The young professional board brings insight and strategies on behalf of the organization on how the private sector can contribute to sustainable development. The Young Professional working level meetings provide a platform to apply thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action to galvanize the Chinese business community to create a sustainable future.


For more information about UNDP China and its collaboration with private partners, please also see Private Sector Advisory Board page.

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