UNDP in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is bustling with progress. Having grown rapidly over the last ten years, the region is beginning to develop more robust manufacturing and service industries and is now home to a flourishing middle class. Over the same period, Africa has seen commendable social and political change, exemplified by improvements in human indicators and a dramatic increase in the number of free and fair elections. The region’s major challenge will be to ensure these advances benefit the many. Learn more about Sub-Saharan Africa

Our Goals

Aiming to eradicate poverty, violence and hunger, UNDP assists African countries to translate economic growth into long-lasting, inclusive and sustainable human development. We work with African governments, businesses, communities and regional organizations, helping countries to develop and share solutions to the challenges of poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), democratic governance
, crisis prevention and recovery
, environment and energy, and women’s empowerment.

Cutting poverty by cultivating agriculture in Ethiopia

UNDP helped the Government of Ethiopia devise a national Growth and Transformation Plan with goals that include doubling agricultural output while ensuring the adoption of ecologically sensitive farming methods and strengthening links to markets. An Agricultural Transformation Agency was established to guide implementation, and UNDP mobilized international donors behind a $300 million investment programme. Photo: WFP/Ida Girma. more

Our Stories
  • Loans and energy-saving technology transform lives in rural Ethiopia
    Aug 23, 2017

    Through a joint programme with UN Women, over 19,500 women across Ethiopia have benefited from interest-free loans, along with entrepreneurship training.

  • Women gear up for elections in Kenya
    Aug 4, 2017

    Ahead of general elections in Kenya, UNDP is working with UN Women and OHCHR to strengthen electoral processes and empower women as candidates and voters.

  • A home lost, found again
    Jul 17, 2017

    The conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military has killed 20,000 people and displaced another 2 million. In February 2017, UNDP and Borno’s Ministry of Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation started stabilizing Ngwom, clearing destroyed buildings or rehabilitation of houses and basic infrastructure.

  • Fishing for prosperity
    Jul 14, 2017

    The island of Idjwi is a heaven of peace at the east of DRC, its isolation preventing it from being involved in the region's conflicts. Yet this small territory is also the most populated, which entails a number of economic and environmental challenges.

  • One ocean
    Jun 19, 2017

    Three individual stories and a global effort to save our oceans.

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