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The United Nations in Ethiopia: Transforming Ethiopia Together

News and Updates

unodc-calls-for-giving-hope-to-victims-of-human-trafficking Today, as the UN marks World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July), UNODC stresses the need to end this crime and protect the victims   Each year millions of people are tricked and trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation in...

spanish-university-students-learn-more-about-the-work-of-the-un-in-ethiopia The United Nations UN Communication Group in Ethiopia hosted a group of students from University of Fransisco de Vitoria, Spain to acquaint them with the work of the UN in Ethiopia.   The short session introduced the students to the...

iom-evacuates-ethiopian-trafficking-victims-from-yemen IOM has helped 3,478 vulnerable Ethiopian migrants stranded by the conflict in Yemen, including 229 war casualties, to return home. The majority were stranded en route to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Over the past three weeks, 57 of the...

unsg-visits-entrepreneurship-intervention-for-women-and-female-youth United Nations Secretary General Ban Kii-moon visited a UNDP supported entrepreneurship development project that trains and equips Ethiopian women and female youth from vulnerable backgrounds to access the export market in traditional hand-weaving,...

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