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UNDP first signed its agreement of cooperation with Ethiopia back in February 1981. Since then, UNDP has focused on providing Ethiopia with strategic support to build the capacity of national institutions to enhance the country’s development results. Moreover, UNDP’s interventions prioritise long-term development impacts to build a resilient nation by informing policies, as well as implementing activities at the community level.

Over the last five years, UNDP Ethiopia has mobilised, internally and through part-ners, and strategically utilised over USD 100 million to build long-term resilience and enhance the delivery of the country’s development results.

UNDP takes advantage of its presence in over 170 countries to help Ethiopia access best practics and strengthen its south-south cooperation.

UNDP’s strategic focus on building national capacity has meant that the organisation has played a key role in supporting Ethiopia to develop and implement key strategies such as the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE).

UNDP’s strategic approach has also prioritized helping 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)

UNDP's previous country programme document (2015-2020)

Programme Priorities

  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 (2018-2021) and is closely aligned to the national development priorities specified in the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II 2016-2020) of the country to address interlinked issues of poverty, inequality and exclusion towards achieving sustainable inclusive human development. 

Expected Results

  • Improved skills of farmers to adopt inclusive value chain apparoaches 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 sustainable tourism sector
  • Enhanced insituitional capacities to implement and monitor climate-resilient green economy
  • Ensure sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems
  • Strengthened insituitional 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 instituitions to deliver accessible, efficient and accountable justice to all as well as enforce international human rights obligations and standards
  • Improved capacity of democratic instituitions for accountability, participation, reprsentation, elections and gender equality


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