Commemorating 50 years of UNDP in Malawi

Feb 25, 2016

Commemorating 50 Years of UNDP in Malawi: A time to build on gains and shape the future.

The year 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In 1966, United Nations (UN) leaders working to reduce poverty formed UNDP by merging the then Expanded Programme, which was a development programme of six UN agencies and the UN Special Fund created to support development projects.

Since then, UNDP has been on the frontlines of development, strengthening national institutions, promoting human rights, increasing resilience, helping countries implement reforms and coordinating the work of the UN system, contributing to major development gains in many countries around the world.

In Malawi, UNDP has focused its work on promoting human rights and inclusive democratic governance including support to electoral processes and strengthening democratic accountability institutions.  UNDP has also contributed to the development of capacities for building resilience especially among the less privileged and in marginalized areas. Over the years, UNDP has supported the strengthening of policy and institutional frameworks for gender equality and women empowerment, climate change, disaster risk, environment and natural resources management, HIV prevention, public sector management, social cohesion, economic competitiveness and private sector development.

UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark said; “Working together, using the newly created Sustainable Development Goals as our guide, a world where economies and societies are more inclusive can be built, and the planet can be protected from the worst effects of climate change and other forms of environmental degradation.”

“The world is not yet rid of poverty and hunger and a number of ecosystems are under great stress. The good news is that our world has more wealth, more knowledge, and more technologies at its disposal than ever before to do something about these challenges,” said Miss Clark.

Ms. Mia Seppo, the UNDP Resident Representative in Malawi says that UNDP is committed to finishing the job it started 50 years ago, motivated by both the Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted by world leaders and Malawi's national priorities.

“UNDP looks forward to deepening its partnerships with the Government of Malawi, development partners, the civil society, the private sector, the media and the people of Malawi to empower lives and create resilient communities in next five decades,” Ms. Seppo said, adding that the development challenges lying ahead require an integrated multi-sectoral approach to overcome.


For additional information, please contact Carol Flore-Smereczniak, UNDP Malawi Deputy Resident Representative (Programmes) at or +265 (0) 999 960 113

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