About UNDP in Turkmenistan


UNDP has been working in Turkmenistan since 1995 on the basis of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement signed with the Government of Turkmenistan. UNDP is one of the main international partners of Turkmenistan promoting human development and supporting the national development priorities through high quality policy advice and access to the best international practices, knowledge, skills and resources.  

In 2010-2015, UNDP’s work in Turkmenistan is structured around the areas of cooperation identified in the Country Programme Document and the Country Programme Action Plan signed by UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan. These two documents are aligned with the national development priorities and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Turkmenistan for the aforementioned period.  

Gender and human rights related initiatives are also included in the Country Programme Action Plan and mainstreamed across all programme components.

What do we want to accomplish?

As the UN’s leading development agency, UNDP in Turkmenistan draws on the world’s best experience and knowledge in helping the Government to achieve its national development strategies and the Millennium Development Goals. In this regard, UNDP partners with the Government of Turkmenistan to achieve positive changes in people’s lives through cooperation in four areas envisaged in the Country Programme Action Plan for Turkmenistan (2010-2015). These areas are strengthening democratization and rule of law; strengthening human development to achieve the MDGs; improving sustainable development and inclusive growth; and promoting peace and security.

What are our results?

UNDP supports the Government of Turkmenistan is the areas of democratic governance, environment and energy, and human development. In all these areas of cooperation capacity building is a cornerstone of UNDP’s support to Turkmenistan. Over a span of 18 years, UNDP helped strengthen the capacity of a wide range of national institutions, organizations and local communities, including Members of Parliament, executive and judicial branches of power, central and regional electoral commissions, law-enforcement agencies, local governments and mass media, small business and public organizations as well as rural women, people with disabilities, teachers, students and schoolchildren.  

In the area of democratic governance UNDP helped Turkmenistan to review many laws for compliance with international standards and pass new laws, including the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan. Local development plans in pilot areas were developed through a participatory process, engaging local communities and authorities with UNDP technical support for development of local self-governance. Based on these plans, new schools, kindergartens, clinics and other facilities were built and renovated in the pilot areas. Through partnership with UNDP, Turkmenistan has significantly improved its capacity to report to the UN treaty bodies and initiated work on development of the National Human Rights Action Plan. Progress has been also achieved in increasing public awareness of human rights through the first ever Human Rights Resource Centres that were opened in the capital city and all the provinces with UNDP support and funding from the EU. In partnership with the European Union UNDP has also made an important contribution to introducing integrated border management methods to relevant authorities of Turkmenistan and promoted regional coordination of border authorities in Central Asia.

Nature protection and clean energy are among the priorities of Turkmenistan’s development agenda. One of the major results in this area has been the adoption of the National Strategy on Climate Change until 2030, which was developed with UNDP support. This strategy aims to make the economy of Turkmenistan as “green” as possible. Turkmenistan’s initiative for development of Climate Policy Framework is another important result of cooperation. Under this initiative, UNDP is facilitating development of Action Plans for Low Emission Development and Adaptation, which will serve as the basis for stimulating an energy efficient and climate resilient economy. One such response is currently being developed as part of our joint project with the Global Environment Facility and the Government of Turkmenistan, with total funding worth nearly US$ 46 million, to enhance energy efficiency in residential buildings.

UNDP is one of the main partners of Turkmenistan in mainstreaming human development approach in the national social and economic programmes. Turkmenistan partners with UNDP in fostering human development in the social and economic spheres such as public administration reform, strengthening the system of social protection of the population and social and economic integration of persons with disabilities. The modernization of Turkmenistan’s pension system is one of the notable achievements of UNDP-Turkmenistan partnership in the area of human development. In this process UNDP helped to introduce the Notionally Defined Contribution Pension System in Turkmenistan in 2012, replacing the old pay-as-you go system. Likewise, UNDP played an important role, in partnership with USAID, in introducing the international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in the banking sector of Turkmenistan, starting from January 2012. The Academy of Civil Service of Turkmenistan has developed new curricula featuring Human Development and E-governance courses. Through its cooperation with UNDP and the World Health Organization, the Government of Turkmenistan has managed to considerably strengthen its National TB Programme by building capacities of Turkmen medical staff in TB management and expanding laboratory services in the regions of Turkmenistan for better TB prevention and treatment. This result contributes to strengthening the national efforts in public health sector and supporting the achievement by Turkmenistan of the Millennium Development Goal 6 “Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases.”

Who are the decision makers?

The Government of Turkmenistan is UNDP’s strategic partner in the country. The Government coordinates the activities of all international development partners, including UN agencies accredited in the country, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The MFA acts as the key focal point for coordination of UNDP’s development programmes and projects in the country and liaison between UNDP and various national implementing partners and stakeholders.

UNDP uses national execution as the modality for country programme under the overall coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. UNDP signs the project documents with partners in accordance with corporate practices and requirements of the Government. Projects are implemented in partnership with relevant Government agencies directly responsible for the Government’s participation in each project.

Annual Work Plans are developed in close cooperation with relevant government and non-government partners, as well as other interested development partners, including the United Nations organizations, describing the specific results to be achieved and establishing the basic agreement between UNDP and each implementing partner on the use of resources.

The Government, in consultation with UNDP, assigns national implementing partners and national project coordinators for project implementation. Direct project implementation is also used for some projects as agreed with relevant national partners. Decisions on the course of direction under every project are made by the project boards comprising the Government implementing partners, UNDP Country Office and key stakeholders.

The implementing partners provide periodic reports on the progress, achievements and results of their projects, outlining the challenges faced in project implementation as well as resource utilization as articulated in the AWP.

The Government and the United Nations Country Team UNDP jointly conduct annual review of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework in which the results of UNDP Country Programme Document are integral part.

UNDP decision makers

The Management Team of UNDP in Turkmenistan includes UNDP Resident Representative, Deputy Resident Representative and Operations Manager. The team is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the country office.

In its programme and project implementation, UNDP is guided by the Country Programme Action Plan for the period 2010-2015. In Turkmenistan, UNDP allocates its core and non-core resources to provide policy advice, technical assistance, capacity building, systems development and knowledge generation and sharing at the national level.

How many are we?

Current Staff Count for Turkmenistan

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 51
UNDP Staff 18
Total 69

Our Consultants

List of all current consultants (SCs, SSAs) who received $30,000 or more from the CO over a 12 month period. 

Consultant Name or Number Job Title Project Title Amount of contract (USD)
Consultant 1
International Technical Adviser
Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area System of Turkmenistan
US$ 52,316
Consultant 2
International Consultant Development Support Service Project US$ 30,000
Consultant 3
International Consultant Strengthening Climate Policy US$ 37,661
Contact UNDP in Turkmenistan
Phone: (+993 12) 425250
registry.tm@undp.org Fax: (+993 12) 425317/425388