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

  • Healing the physical and emotional wounds of sexual violence
    Apr 21, 2017

    After more than a decade of conflict in which rape has been used as a weapon, sexual violence is sadly a fact of life for both women and men in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congolese men and women are working courageously to eradicate this scourge. Here are some of their stories.

  • Averting famine
    Apr 21, 2017

    Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. Swift delivery of aid, combined with early recovery and emergency development work, can address and prevent famine and ensure durable peace.

  • Fighting malaria
    Apr 21, 2017

    13 million vulnerable people in some of the hardest to reach regions of Chad will soon be reached with insecticide treated bednets. As World Malaria Day 2017 approaches, UNDP and the Global Fund are stepping up the fight ahead of the rainy season.

  • Lake Tanganyika, what the future holds
    Mar 22, 2017

    Africa's oldest and deepest lake is in danger. Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s natural wonders. Holding about 17 percent of the globe’s surface freshwater, it is also the oldest and the deepest lake in Africa. Bordering four countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia), it offers a source of livelihood for over 10 million people.

  • 3 continents, 3 lakes in danger
    Mar 22, 2017

    There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.

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