Sustainable infrastructure

​​UNOPS helps partners design, construct, rehabilitate and maintain infrastructure — such as schools, hospitals, roads and bridges — in some of most challenging environments around the world.  



As a central infrastructure resource for its partners, UNOPS develops local capacity by hiring and training local workers, such as in this project in Haiti. Photo: UNOPS/Claude-André Nadon

Investing in basic, sustainable infrastructure is vital for improving the living standards of communities worldwide. As a central resource for physical infrastructure projects within the United Nations system, UNOPS helps partners implement the infrastructure required to drive sustainable development, from building roads in Afghanistan to community health centres in Indonesia.

Our services

UNOPS offers a wide range of cost-effective infrastructure services. Specifically, we support partners in the following areas:

Buildings       Water and waste management ​     Transport infrastructure ​Disaster risk reduction and recovery



On behalf of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNOPS implemented a project that built new fishing harbours and anchorages in Sri Lanka, creating over 100,000 days of paid work for local people. Photo: UNOPS




  • Nastas Andrić,

    Nastas Andrić,

    UNOPS Engineer, Serbia

    “Team work and efficiency are things I value the most in my role with UNOPS. We all have a wide range of knowledge and communicate so well with each other — I am one...

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​Partners recognize UNOPS as having the right expertise and local knowledge to successfully deliver infrastructure projects on their behalf, in diverse and often challenging environments around the world. Read more about our services

Our approach

By making economic, social and environmental sustainability our priority, UNOPS helps partners deliver infrastructure projects with lasting outcomes. We encourage local ownership by involving communities at all stages of the projects we support, ensuring long-term use and maintenance of the infrastructure we build.

“With a strong field presence and proven technical capacity, UNOPS is not only a valuable resource for development partners, but also a key actor for national capacity development and knowledge transfer.”

– Magnus Lennartsson
Minister, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, in a statement on behalf of Denmark, Finland and Norway

Our team of highly-qualified engineers, architects and project managers bring international industry best practices to our partners' infrastructure projects. In 2013, UNOPS was awarded ISO 14001 certification for its commitment to protecting the environment when managing construction sites.

In accordance with our policy for sustainable infrastructure, UNOPS develops national capacity and promotes sustainable building practices. We also work to improve gender equality and the empowerment of women. Many of the facilities we construct specifically help girls and women receive vital education, justice and healthcare services. Read more about our approach

Case studies

From hospitals in Latin America and road maintenance in Afghanistan, to reconstruction and disaster risk reduction projects in Haiti, we deliver a diverse range of infrastructure projects around the world. Read more on some of these projects below.