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About us


Our mission, our goals, our mandate


UNDP is based on the merging of the United Nations Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, created in 1949, and the United Nations Special Fund, established in 1958. UNDP, as we know it now, was established in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.


UNDP in Ethiopia

Who we are

UNDP first signed its agreement of cooperation with Ethiopia, the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) back in February 1981. Since then, UNDP has remained engaged, providing Ethiopia with strategic support, and strengthening the capacity of national institutions to deliver the much-needed development results. 

UNDP’s interventions have prioritized long-term, supporting structural change that would unlock transformational benefits of technical assistance at all levels. It has done so robustly, impartially and patiently, paying attention to the sustainability of the support provided, and driven by the belief that an effective development partnership with Ethiopia requires strategic patience and, with it, the deployment of patient capital.

Over the last five years, UNDP Ethiopia has mobilized over a USD 100 million investment through its regular resources and partners to enhance the delivery of nationally defined and country-owned priorities. 

UNDP takes advantage of its presence in over 170 countries to help Ethiopia access best practices and strengthen its south-south cooperation. The organisation has played a role in supporting Ethiopia to develop and implement key strategies such as the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE), through which the country seeks to achieve an ambitious target of 64% emission reduction by 2030 while building the country's adaptive capacity and resilience.

UNDP’s strategic approach has helped Ethiopia to set up key national institutions such as the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX), the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), the Ethiopian Tourism Organisation (ETO) and the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC).

Read UNDP's new country programme document (2020-2025)

Programme Pillars

  1. Accelerating Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
  2. Climate Change and Resilience Building
  3. Strengthening Democratic Governance and Capacity Development

The UNDP Ethiopia Country Programme is informed by UNDP Strategic Plan (2022-2025) and is closely aligned to the national development priorities as defined in the Ten Year Perspective Plan (2020-2030) and the Home Grown Economic Reform Agenda to tackle the interlinked issues of poverty, inequality and exclusion and achieving the SDGs. 

Expected Results

  • Improved skills of farmers to adopt inclusive value chain approaches in the commercialization of cereals, pulses and oil seeds
  • Access to innovative finances for Medium and small enterprises to promote productive and competitive private sector enterprises 
  • Creating an enabling environment for the sustainable tourism sector
  • Enhanced institutional capacities to implement and monitor the climate-resilient green economy
  • Ensure sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems
  • Strengthened institutional capacities for climate information and early warning system
  • Increased resilience of communities in disaster-prone areas
  • Enhanced capacity of the justice system and human rights institutions to deliver accessible, efficient and accountable justice to all as well as enforce international human rights obligations and standards
  • Improved capacity of democratic institutions for accountability, participation, representation, elections and gender equality