What We Do

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN global development network, working in 177 countries and territories. In the Kingdom of Bahrain, UNDP provides technical support and assistance to national institutions and civil society towards achieving national priorities and addressing challenges. UNDP assistance builds systems and capacities of the public sector and the parliament, supports social strategies and promotes the advancement of women, and ensures the sustainable use of energy and the environment.

Our Goals

Since the signing of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement between the Government of Bahrain and UNDP in 1978, UNDP has been a consistent partner working across sectors to ensure inclusive and sustainable development. Based on national priorities and strategies, such as the Economic Vision 2030 and National Economic Strategy, and the Kingdom’s reform agenda, the UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) 2017-2020 aims to further promote democratic governance, expand economic opportunities, strengthen institutions, and increase gender equality. UNDP helps connect national priorities with global solutions and networks.

Bab Al Bahrain

Bāb al-Baḥrayn literally Gateway of Bahrain is a historical building located in the Customs Square in Manama's former central business district. It marks the main entrance to the Manama souq. Designed by Sir Charles Belgrave, adviser to the Emir and completed in 1945. The monument itself was refurbished in 1986 to incorporate Islamic architectural features. Today, the ground floor now houses the tourist information office and a handicrafts shop. The monument essentially consists of a huge arch, below which runs a road, which is often referred to as the entrance to the Manama souq (marketplace). Government Avenue, which runs in front of Bab Al Bahrain, contains many major banks and business establishments. Government Avenue is so named because the entire offices of the Bahrain government were once housed in the Bab. The Gold City (different from Gold Souq) is a shopping complex for gold ornaments and is also located on Government Avenue.more

Our Stories

SG, accompanied by Minister of Social Development, in a visit to Capital Center in Manama where some hand-made products, crafted by some Micro-finance beneficiaries, are exhibited
Empowering communities and women - Microfinance

Targeting unemployed youth and women, the “Micro-finance Credit and Services to Needy Citizens of Bahrain” Project was launched in 2009 with the aim of creating anmore 

Senior Government Officers are receiving some hands-on training at CDF
Strengthening the Public Sector Capacity Development Facility - Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA)

The Kingdom of Bahrain is expanding job opportunities for its growing youth population to ensure higher productivity and more sustainable national development.  Rapid population growth, amore 

Women Empowerment in Bahrain


 Economic Development
Capital Manama: A hub for Trade, Financial Services and Globalization
Enhancing Economic Environment and Governance through Trade Policy Support System

Under the UNDP project “Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Enhancing Economic Environment and Governance” with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), the Trade Policy Support Systemmore 

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