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

  • Banking on community: Inclusive finance for poverty reduction in DR Congo
    Oct 14, 2016

    Nearly 55 percent of the population is classed as “financially excluded”, and potential borrowers are often unable to provide the guarantees required to receive credit.

  • Innovative climate data in Uganda
    Oct 13, 2016

    With the goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of its citizens, the government of Uganda is embarking on an ambitious mission to modernize its weather, water and climate monitoring systems.

  • Keeping children worm-free in Tanzania
    Sep 9, 2016

    Also known as "snail fever", schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease carried by fresh water snails. It is one of the most widespread tropical diseases in the world after malaria, affecting more than 249 million people globally, including 100 million children. In Tanzania, the first cases of schistosomiasis were reported in the early 19th century.

  • Glimmers of hope in the eastern Congo
    Aug 30, 2016

    Survivors of sexual violence find support through the Tupinge Ubakaji programme.

  • Sowing the seeds of a green revolution
    Aug 12, 2016

    Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated labour market. Meet three young entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and making agriculture more sustainable in Benin.

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