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.

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