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The United Nations in Ethiopia: Transforming Ethiopia Together

News and Updates

take-the-new-global-goals-to-the-people-un-s-first-sdg-race-in-jijiga   The UN in Ethiopia staged the First SDG race in partnership with the Great Ethiopian Run (GER) on February 7, 2016 in Jijiga town of the Somali region.  The race, bringing together over 2000 participants with the theme of “UNite...

drought-in-ethiopia-10-million-people-in-need Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. More than ten million people are in need of assistance according to the Government and humanitarian agencies. On Sunday 31 January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director...

maternal-and-new-born-supplies-handed-over-to-enhance-skills-for-delivery-in-ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, 26 January 2016 – Today, a handover ceremony was held at Kotebe Primary Hospital to deliver essential basic emergency obstetric and new-born care supplies and a full set of anaesthesia and operation theatre equipment as part of the...

the-united-nations-hosts-historic-ethiopian-media-council-establishment-conference   Around 19 media houses have signed up to establish the Ethiopian Media Council following discussions of the final draft constitution and code of conduct.    The establishment conference was hosted by the United...

UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)

Ethiopia is on its third framework, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), jointly developed by the Government and the United Nations Country Team. 

UNDAF is fully aligned to Ethiopia’s five year national development plan, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). The latest UNDAF was signed on March 2011 and will be operational for the period 2012-2015, seeking to strengthen national capacities to formulate evidence-based policies and strategies.


The four pillars of UNDAF  


Pillar I
Sustainable Economic Growth and Risk Reduction



Pillar II
Basic Social Services

  • A transformed agriculture sector 
  • More competitive manufacturing and services 
  • A minimum package of social protection 
  • Support for effective disaster risk management and improved food security 
  • Promotion of a low-carbon climate-resilient green economy


  • HIV prevention, treatment, care and support 
  • Equitable access to quality education 
  • Improved access to quality health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene services




Pillar III
Governance and Capacity Development



Pillar IV
Women, Youth and Children

  • Enhanced human rights and justice 
  • Enhanced inclusiveness, participation, transparency, accountability and responsiveness 
  • Stronger institutions to manage development
  • Increased participation of women and youth in decision-making, livelihood opportunities and social services 
  • Protection and rehabilitation of women, youth and children