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.
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
Projects and Initiatives
Provision of Sustainable Micro-Finance Credit and Services to Needy Citizens of the Kingdom of Bahrain
It focuses on developing microfinance capacity of local NGOs by adopting a more pro-growth oriented microfinance approach, employment generation modality by promoting micro entrepreneurship targeting a larger proportion of the loans provided towards unemployed youth and women.more
This programme is aimed at strengthening the national capacity of Bahrain’s governmental departments and stakeholders through technical cooperation and addressing key areas in relation to law, policy formulation and administration with an overarching objective in attracting further international economic activity.more
The project provides critical and immediate capacity development interventions in policy, management, leadership and institutional reform, in support of sustainable national capacity development within the public sector.more