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The United Nations in Ethiopia: Transforming Ethiopia Together

News and Updates

white-ribbon-day-jointly-commemorated-by-the-un                   Photo: UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Eugene Owusu (Addis Ababa, Nov 25, 2014): Staff of the United Nations in Ethiopia jointly commemorated today the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, otherwise...

unicef-ethiopia-appoints-young-rap-star-abelone-melese-as-its-new-national-ambassador   20 November 2014, Addis Ababa: Today, UNICEF Ethiopia appointed young rap star Abelone Melese, a citizen of Norway with Ethiopian origin, as its new National Ambassador at a signing ceremony held in its premises. The event was attended by Patrizia...

irish-president-urges-more-and-faster-assistance-to-south-sudan-refugees-in-ethiopia  Visiting Gambella region in western Ethiopia on Tuesday, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, called on the international community to provide more and faster support to thousands of South Sudanese refugees, most of whom are women, children...

unhcr-announces-push-to-end-statelessness-worldwide-by-end-2024 Geneva, 04 November 2014: UNHCR is today launching a global “I Belong” campaign aimed at ending within 10 years the problem of statelessness – a devastating legal limbo for the millions of people worldwide who lack any nationality and the human rights...

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