Regional Programme for Africa

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As a strategic tool of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA), the Regional Programme for Africa operates as an integrated continental mechanism that coordinates regional, sub-regional and country development planning for greater effectiveness and results.

To address high levels of poverty and youth unemployment and under-employment, meaningful and inclusive structural transformations must take place in African countries. Challenges to stability are exacerbated by the resurgence of violent conflict, including extremism and the adverse impacts of climate change within the region. Citizens across Africa are asking for their voices to be heard. Inclusivity, particularly the voices and needs of youth, women and vulnerable groups across the continent should be incorporated into all programming dimensions.

The regional spill-over of conflicts combined with the sub-regional and continent-wide effects of globalization, violent extremism, migration, disease outbreaks and the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and exploitation of natural resources have underscored that siloed or state-centric approaches alone will not suffice.

The Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa is UNDP’s support to realizing Africa’s promise and addressing today’s challenges, such as inequalities, governance, climate change and rapid population growth. It also aims to strengthen UNDP’s position as Africa’s top enabler and integrator for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the 2063 Agenda of the African Union (AU).

Based in Addis Ababa, the Regional Programme contributes to this offer by amplifying opportunities related to the priorities and aspirations defined by the AU and other regional entities to address common cross-border development challenges. Our work contributes to sustained peace and efforts to strengthen resilience to crises and shocks, contributing to inclusive, transformational and sustainable growth with reduced inequalities, and supporting the capacities of regional institutions to manage new and existing challenges.

Geographic scope

Based at the Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) in Addis Ababa, the Regional Programme works closely with the AU, Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms (RMs) and other regional actors and partners across the continent. Supporting the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York, we also collaborate and coordinate with UNDP sub-regional hubs in Dakar, Nairobi and Pretoria, and their thematic mandates in stabilization, resilience and financing enabling us to engage directly with society, governments and partners on joint priorities.

We also work in partnership with other offices under the UNDP umbrella, such as the Global Policy Network (GPN), the Strategic Analysis and Research Team (SART), the Country Oversight Team (COST), the Inter-Practice Coordination Group (IPCG) and 45 UNDP country offices across the continent. 

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