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

  • One ocean
    Jun 19, 2017

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

  • Waves of action
    Jun 8, 2017

    Over-fishing, pollution, the loss of habitat, the invasion of exotic species, and ocean acidification are endangering our oceans' health. The cost is at once economic, social and environmental.

  • Innovation for development in Uganda
    May 15, 2017

    Refugees from South Sudan and host communities in Uganda team up to propose solutions for shared challenges.

  • Innovation for development in Uganda
    May 15, 2017

    Uganda is known for its progressive policy where refugees are provided land, freedom of movement, and access to employment and social services. This hospitality has been extended to over 200,000 South Sudanese refugees currently settled in the Adjumani district of Northern Uganda.

  • How to save Mozambique from disasters
    Apr 27, 2017

    Titus Kuuyuor advises the government of Mozambique on how to manage the risks of disasters, and how to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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