UNDP manages a regional programme that includes five regional projects, serving to address cross-border risks and opportunities, and seeking to build the capacities of regional institutions and economic communities to manage them.
Promote structural economic transformation
UNDP supports interventions which integrate and address economic, social, and environmental aspects for inclusive growth. UNDP contributes to the continent’s structural economic transformation agenda by: improving access to sustainable energy; boosting the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises; promoting sustainable natural resources management; and reducing vulnerabilities through social safety nets.
Foster gender equality and women's political and economic empowerment
UNDP is working to promote: political participation and leadership among women; their economic empowerment; and their engagement in peace and security. UNDP’s work builds on several regional frameworks such as the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the African Women’s Decade, to put in place an enabling environment for women and men to effectively contribute to Africa’s economic structural transformation.
Foster resilience to shocks and threats
UNDP supports the continent’s resilience agenda by: enhancing conflict prevention and peacebuilding capacity; strengthening preparedness for disaster risk management; and bolstering climate change adaptation and mitigation. UNDP’s approach is anchored in strong partnerships with the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities, parliaments and political parties, civil society organisations, and think tanks, as well as South-South and Triangular cooperation.
Promote the Sustainable Development Goals and South-South Cooperation
UNDP contributes to the continent’s global engagement agenda through: supporting the dialogue and preparation for the SDGs; mapping and brokering South-South and Triangular Cooperation partnerships; and knowledge generation and exchange. UNDP is expanding its South-South and Triangular Cooperation technical capacities as well as leveraging its global presence to broker knowledge exchange and partnerships.
UNDP is helping to transform governance on the continent by: increasing space for political participation; redefining the social contract through development of responsive institutions and promotion of civic and democratic values; improving urban governance; and tackling illicit financial flows.