The UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative works (PEI) and liaises closely with different stakeholders active in the field of environment and development. Partnerships with research and practitioner organizations enhance the chances of reaching the overall objective of the Initiative at various levels.

Partners play a key role in country level implementation of the PEI by providing access to technical skills and expertise. To maximise Initiative’s impact, these partnerships also help disseminating the knowledge, experience and lessons of the Poverty-Environment Initiative programme. Partners help in the preparation of policies and strategies; develop training and learning modules; support capacity building efforts; assist in monitoring and evaluation; and promote the Poverty-Environment communities of practice.

Collaboration and coordination with other programmes and in-country donors is also a key aspect of the PEI’s approach to catalyze and sustain change. This is reflected in close cooperation with other UN programmes such as the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns and strengthened coordination with UN Environment-supported programmes  (e.g. SWITCH, Green Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Production) and UNDP and its global policy centres, as well as expanded external collaboration with UN Women. PEI benefits from the co-location of its UN Environment and UNDP Poverty-Environment Facility team and close working relationship with the UNDP Global Policy Centre for Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GPC-Nairobi) in Nairobi.

In this spirit, PEI works closely with the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP), an informal network of development agencies seeking to improve the coordination of work on poverty reduction and the environment for sustainable development.  With PEI’s support, the PEP has called for the mainstreaming of poverty, environment and climate issues at the heart of efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. The PEP report, Getting to Zero (PDF), proposes a “triple vision” of zero extreme poverty,  zero net climate emissions, and zero net loss of natural assets.  

The Poverty-Environment Initiative also collaborates with the following external and UN partners: