About technical cooperation

Technical cooperation is a key tool in achieving the strategic objectives of the UPU. It helps to reduce the "postal divide" between industrialized and developing countries and enables the transfer of know-how.

The UPU's Development Cooperation Directorate (DCDEV) manages and implements technical cooperation and is involved in the design and development of Union policy.

Within the UPU Council of Administration and Postal Operations Council, Joint Committee 2 (Development and Cooperation) considers and implements Congress decisions concerning technical cooperation.

Actions in the field

The DCDEV plans and coordinates cooperation activities and urgent actions in the field. Its main methods of intervention are:

  • The regional development plan (RDP): a strategy document setting out the regional implementation of technical cooperation activities
  • Integrated postal reform and development plans (IPDPs): Assistance with postal reform plans based on national analyses
  • Multi-year integrated projects (MIPs) covering expertise, purchase of equipment and training
  • The Quality of Service Fund (QSF)

The DCDEV coordinates projects between partners and provides a UPU presence in the field, consisting of the International Bureau, 7 Regional Project Coordinators (CRPCs), the Restricted Unions, networks of specialists in the field and national project managers.


The DCDEV hires specialist consultants for technical assistance missions in beneficiary countries.


The DCDEV manages the acquisition of equipment by means of an overall process, in accordance with the rules and principles governing government procurement.


UPU training helps to develop local capabilities and skills in a sustainable manner in order to provide the expertise and know-how needed to implement development strategies and projects.