Strategic documents and reports

Africa Human Development Report 2016


Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Africa


Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016.


The report analyses the political, economic and social drivers that hamper African women’s advancement and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the gender gap. These include addressing the contradiction between legal provisions and practice in gender laws; breaking down harmful social norms and transforming discriminatory institutional settings; and securing women’s economic, social and political participation. Download the full report



Ethiopia's One UN Fund Annual Report 2012


The Ethiopia One UN Fund, established in January 2011, aims at facilitating the realization of One UN Programme outcomes by strengthening planning and coordination, aligning funding allocations to the needs of the One UN Programme in Ethiopia and channeling funds toward the highest priorities of the country. The Ethiopia One UN Fund is governed by the High Level Steering Committee (HLSC), which is co-chaired by the State Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) and the UN Resident Coordinator and composed of representatives of the Government of Ethiopia, members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and representatives of the donor partners.  Download the full report


UN Country Team Business Operations Strategy (2013-2015)


In 2008, the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia adopted the UN Delivering as One (DaO). In this context, the UN agencies working in the country have committed to unifying and aligning their processes to deliver results in support of national priorities in a more efficient and effective manner. Working and operating together as one, the UN can improve its impact, and face development and humanitarian challenges without fragmentation and duplication. The Operations Management Team (OMT) has been working in the country since 2009 to support this bid to “operate as one”. In particular, through its various working groups, the OMT aims to simplify and harmonize the UN’s support to programme delivery. This Business Operations Strategy (BOS) was created to facilitate this effort, and strengthen the linkages between the strategic planning and management of programme and operations activities. The BOS is a medium-term and results-based framework, outlining the UNCT priorities for 2013 – 2015 in the field of inter-agency operations. Download the full Strategy


UNDAF Ethiopia Mid-term Review (MTR)


This report provides the results of a mid-term review (MTR) of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in Ethiopia – covering the period 2012 to 2014 and involving approximately USD 1 billion in resources per year for a USD 2.6 billion programme. 1 The review was commissioned by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia. It is intended to inform both parties for the remaining two years of the current UNDAF on the next country development assistance framework (slated to begin in 2016) and to contribute to organizational learning and good practices in programming and partnerships in Ethiopia. Download the full report


UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (2012-2015)


With the launch of the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012 – 2015 for Ethiopia, the UN and Government of Ethiopia introduced a more strategic approach to monitoring and evaluating UN-supported programs. This approach increases accountability and transparency and improves programme performance based on Result Based Management principles. In order to achieve this strategic approach, the United Nations Country Team and Government jointly developed a four-year M&E plan for the UNDAF. This document describes the M&E plan for the UNDAF within the timeframe and budget 2012 – 2015. The M&E plan outlines all M&E activities and tools within the UNDAF in order for the UN, Government and other national partners to implement a well-functioning M&E system. This M&E system ensures high-quality, timely, complete and relevant data to measure performance and demonstrate the results of UN operations. Download the M & E Plan


A Million Voices: The World We Want


The consultations on the post-2015 development agenda facilitated by the UN Development Group (UNDG) have been a fascinating and humbling exercise. We have been continually inspired by the enthusiasm and energy these consultations have unleashed. Reaching more than 1 million people has exceeded our initial expectations. In the spirit of the Millennium Declaration, and building on the experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), people from all countries and from all backgrounds clearly want to have a say in their future. The rich and extensive information collected through this consultation process will be invaluable for designing the post-2015 development agenda. Download the full document


One UN Communications Strategy (2012-2015)


The United Nations in Ethiopia, having voluntarily opted into the Delivering as One approach, has prepared and is now implementing a comprehensive UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2012-2015. The UNDAF 2012-2015 embodies the UN in Ethiopia’s overall vision and collective goals in supporting the achievement of national humanitarian and development goals.


Recognizing the value of strategic communication as a tool that can support the Organization to achieve its goals, the UN Country Team tasked the UN Communication Group to develop a similarly comprehensive strategy which would be aligned with the UNDAF and help to shape and promote joint communication by the UN in Ethiopia in the spirit of One Voice. Download the full strategy



Ethiopia One UN book


The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia is the largest in Africa and, taken as a single entity, is one of the major development partners in the country. It comprises 25 resident UN agencies with offices based in Ethiopia, as well as non-resident agencies, and includes the Bretton Woods institutions (the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank). Download the full document


Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document mid-year review


Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, is having a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Food security and agricultural production are severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors.


Food insecurity and malnutrition rates remain high with the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance having tripled since early 2015. The national hotspot classification was updated in early July based on the findings of the belg assessment, conducted by the Government and humanitarian partners, resulting in a slight decrease in the number of priority woredas from 429 to 420, of which 206 are now ‘priority one’ woredas. Some 420,000 children under age 5 are expected to require treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2016. Download the full document