Left to Right: Ms. Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative and Mr. Aeneas Chuma, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) have signed a service level agreement to provide a new framework for UNDP’s strategic management support for the RCO in Ethiopia.

The resident coordinator’s system has been delinked from UNDP as part of a wider global reform kicked off by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and adopted by the General Assembly to reposition the UN and help it deliver on its mandate. In addition to peace and security, the reform focuses on changes in the UN development system to promote more effective implementation of Agenda 2030 through a more independent and empowered resident coordinator. The third focus will be on management reforms that will simplify processes to enhance efficiency and transparency.

The RCO delinking from UNDP is scheduled to be rolled out as of 2019. At the global level UNDP has committed to support the RCO to ease the transition in the initial years.

The UN System in Ethiopia is one of the largest in Africa and covers both development and humanitarian assistance. The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia is composed of representatives of 28 UN funds and programmes, specialized agencies and other UN entities accredited to Ethiopia.

The new RCO will continue to focus on coordinating the work of the United Nations in the country. The UN reform also positions UNDP as the support platform for the UN in order to play an ‘integrator’ function to support countries to implement Agenda 2030.

UNDP will strengthen its development support for countries through the following six signature solutions

UNDP has operated in Ethiopia since 1981 and is currently working with over 20 partners to support 37 strategic projects across the country.  

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