What We Do

UNDP works in Ethiopia to support the county's priorities as defined in the national five year development plan, the Growth and Transformation (GTP). The GTP (2010/11-2014/15), as was the case with Ethiopia’s previous five-year national plans, complements the country’s efforts to meet the MDG. UNDP’s key interventions in Ethiopia fall under these three programme pillars: • Growth and Poverty Reduction • Climate Change and Environment Vulnerability • Governance.

Our Goals

UNDP's catalytic interventions in Ethiopia are helping to enhance the country's progress towards meeting its development agenda of sustainable and equitable growth. UNDP's Country Programme Document as well as the Country Programme Action Plan are aligned with the GTP. The same is true of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2011 - 2015), which seeks to ensure optimal coherence and coordination of the assistance provided by various UN agencies.

UNDP in Action

UNDP focuses on providing catalytic support to strengthen national capacity to implement Ethiopia's development priorities. (UNDP Resident Representative Ahunna Eziakonwa with State Minister Kare Chawicha, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change. UNDP and GEF supported Ethiopia to prepare its second national communication to the UNFCCC.)more

For more details read our UNDP Annual Report for 2014

Our Stories

water harvesting

Empowering Communities to Build Resilience

Empowering Communities to Build Resilience Throughout most of his 55 years, Mohammed Hassen and his family have faced much suffering during on-again, off-again droughts that have ravaged his district in northeastern more more 

Birhanu Alaro with his case file

Accessing Free Legal Aid in Ethiopia

Birhanu Alaro found his livelihood threatened when the Hosana Town Municipality decided to have his poultry and home demolished to provide land for another investor. Birhanumore 

Sculpture made by Haile mariam, one of participants who received training from the Harnessing Diversity for Development project

Introducing New Skills to an Ancient Art

Religious and traditional paintings as well as sculptures have been a central part of the lives of Ethiopians for centuries. Following the traditional line of knowledgemore 

Overcoming Disabilities to Earn a Living

The Wolayta Sodo Center for the Blind is providing employment to 18 men and women without sight who turned to begging around churches and streets whenmore 

Projects and Initiatives

  • Enhancing National Capacity for Agricultural Growth and Transformation

    Agriculture sector provides employment to 85% of Ethiopia's population and contributes 44% to the county's GDP and 85% of its export earnings. Through this project UNDP provides instiutional capacity building for the Ministry of Agriculture and others who are engaged in the facilitation of agricultural production, marketing and supporting social mobilization efforts. UNDP's support focuses on innovative interventions with high potential for agricultural growth. more 

  • This project supports the country's efforts to create competent leadership in Ethiopia at the top level. Top leadership are equiped with new development paradigms and cutting-edge knowledge as well as experience and innovative development solutions drawing from the lessons and best practices of other countries.more 

  • Support to Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy

    The objective of the funding Facility is to improve environmental management for a climate resilient green development by providing grants, loans or ex-post rewards for capacity building, or implementation of sectoral CRGE Investment Plans, priority initiatives, technology generation and/or transfer, or for a combination thereof.more 

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Strengthening Agriculture
DRM - Building community resilience
Climate Resilient Green Growth
Harnessing Climate Information