Our Projects

UNDP projects are designed in partnership with and based on inputs from national stakeholders and contribute directly to the national priorities of  Iran, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and and the UNDP Country Programme Document . Projects focus on diverse programme areas such as Inclusive Growth and Development, Health and Development, Environment and Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Management.

UNDP projects are largely nationally executed and all of them are implemented by national partners.

1. Inclusive Growth and Development

 The strategies used in the design, management and monitoring of poverty reduction strategies follows the principles of participation, ownership and national leadership


  • The Social Protection project aims to develop a national social protection and empowerment model and framework which can support: 1) improved and integrated national and sub-national planning approaches that contribute to improving lives of poor and vulnerable people; and, 2) enhancing access to education, skills, health, employment, income and social protection for human development outcomes. The project is implemented through partnership with Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Welfare, and UNDP.

  • UNDP will support Bank Keshavarzi of Iran, the national development bank for natural resources and agriculture development, and support its objective to improve its “green” banking and credit procedures and practices (i.e. those that can help ensure both inclusive growth and sustainable development outcomes in the sector and at the local level – and integrate “development” and “banking”). The project is a research and development approach to institutional capacity strengthening; it will initially assess the Standard Operating Procedures of the Bank from an inclusive growth and sustainable development perspective; revise and improve the SoP’s as necessary; pilot and test the new SoP’s in three provinces; prepare all the necessary documentation required to institutionalize; establish a Centre of Excellence for the Bank on this approach and disseminate the best practices nationally.

2. Health and Development

 UNDP works closely with various partners on a range of health-related issues in I.R. Iran


3. Environment and Sustainable Development

 UNDP and the Iranian Government work in partnership to address local and regional environmental issues. Photo is of the Zagros Mountains in Central Iran


  • Conservation of Biodiversity in Central Zagros Landscapes

    The project aims to establish a novel type of collaborative conservation system in which all stakeholder groups are fully engaged in planning, implementing and monitoring of resource management planning to ensure the protection and sustainability of use and exploitation of all biodiversity, renewable natural resources and ecological processes.

  • Conservation of Asiatic cheetah (CACP)- Phase II

    The CACP is a long standing initiative between Iran’s Department of Environment, UNDP and a number of committed international partners, namely the Wildlife Conservation Society, Panthera, Cheetah Conservation Fund and IUCN’s Cat Specialist Group.

  • Conservation Of Iranian Wetlands Project - Phase II (Scale-up)

    The scale-up phase of the CIWP runs from 1 May 2013 to 31 Dec. 2014. The goal of this project is to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of Iran’s system of wetland protected areas as a tool for conserving globally significant biodiversity. The project is implemented through partnership with Iran's Department of Environment, Ramsar Regional Center in West and Central Asia and UNDP.

4. Disaster Risk Management

 Iran is prone to disasters and ranks as the fourth most disaster prone country in the world with floods, drought and earthquakes being the most frequent natural hazards