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The United Nations in Ethiopia: Transforming Ethiopia Together

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meeting-deliberated-on-scaling-up-action-on-achieving-mdg-5-in-ten-countries-with-high-burden-of-maternal-mortality [UNFPA Press Release] A three-day workshop deliberating on scaling-up action in ten countries with high burden of maternal mortality kicked off today. Government officials and partners from the ten countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic...

ethiopian-religious-leaders-call-for-ending-the-aids-epidemic-by-2030 The leaders of the major religious groups of Ethiopia announced their united stance to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 during a consultation meeting held on 10 July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In a joint position paper, the religious leaders made a call...

campaign-to-eliminate-fistula-in-ethiopia-launched A five-year campaign to eliminate obstetric fistula was launched at the "National Conference on Obstetric Fistula by 2020" event held today. The event was held under the theme "Ending Fistula, Transforming Lives." Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Dr....

staff-profile-gambella-field-monitor-pereleth-othiengGAMBELLA, Ethiopia - Weak, sick and utterly exhausted, the toddler died minutes after crossing the border into Ethiopia. He had walked days for days under a scorching sun. Of the thousands of South Sudanese who have crossed into Ethiopia, this single...


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