The mandate of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kazakhstan is determined by the Memorandum of Understanding (2010-2014) on cooperation in the new stage of national development as of 25 November 2009, which requires UNDP “to support and supplement the national efforts undertaken to decide essential issues of economic development and to promote social progress and improvement of the living standards”. UNDP is working in Kazakhstan since 1993 based on the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA). Since then, UNDP has supported implementation of more than 180 projects with a total worth of more than USD 72 million.
UNDP's office in Kazakhstan is part of the system of UN agencies, funds and programmes in Kazakhstan. All UN agencies providing support to Kazakhstan work under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2010-2015. The UNDAF represents a set of commonly agreed priorities, to which the UN system in Kazakhstan direct their resources. The UNDAF was developed jointly with national institutions and is signed by all UN agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan. UNDP draws its programme priorities entirely from the UNDAF, and contributes actively to UNDAF implementation through joint activities together with other UN agencies.