OUR FOCUS

Sustainable
development

Sustainable development

Sub-Saharan Africa has been growing strongly over the past decade, and has some success in increasing human development levels, but its poverty rates have remained stubbornly high. With its limited economic diversification, persisting inequalities, high unemployment, and environmental degradation, the continent has yet to embark on a sustainable development path which can benefit all women and men over time.

Our goals

UNDP works with countries across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure economic growth produces shared benefits. We collaborate with governments, civil society and the private sector to help them transform their economies, while creating jobs and making sure resources are invested back into communities. At the same time, UNDP works with countries and communities to chart development paths that are low-carbon, climate-proof and use ecosystems and biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations.

37.3 million

PEOPLE (51% women)

benefited from improved livelihoods initiatives in 120 countries between 2014 and 2017.

Explore more

African countries have committed to enhance the development of blue economy as the engine of growth.…

Africa can achieve its development objectives if the continent’s vast resources are effectively…

The private sector plays a critical role in the development of Africa and in realizing the SDGs.

UNDP will engage multi-stakeholders in different dialogues at TICAD7 from 28th–30th August 2019 in…

Zambia’s deforestation rate is alarmingly high. It is one of the most forested countries in Africa…

Five ways solar power can make universal healthcare a reality.

For Iddrisu, a farmer in Northern Ghana who had to walk 12 km daily just to get to his farm,…

Leading a change in Zambia, from the countryside in Kalomo - from conservation agriculture to…

The Theme of the 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is ‘empowering people and ensuring…

We published a blog on 26 July 2018 titled the Manufacturing Challenges in Resource-Rich Countries.…

Rising debt amplifies investment risk, hampers economic diversification, and undermines investment…

SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION (SSC) plays an indispensable role in today’s development landscape. It…

Development goals can only be achieved if local actors fully participate in their implementation and…

The report is the first to simultaneously track progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Africa 
Go to UNDP Global