About UNDP in Sudan

Our Vision

Together with national and international partners, UNDP Sudan contributes towards achieving peace, stability and sustainable human development to meet the needs and aspirations of the people of Sudan through strategic capacity development initiatives which promotes inclusive, participatory, transparent and efficient governance systems at national and sub-national levels.

Our Goals

The aim of UNDP's programmatic interventions in Sudan is to facilitate peaceful transition from recovery to development and to advance human development, in line with Sudanese national priorities.
Our country plan was developed with the understanding that conflict prevention and peacebuilding, development, and recovery are inextricably interlinked. By enhancing economic recovery and provision of livelihoods opportunities to the people of Sudan, we can provide the strongest incentive for individuals and communities to break out of protracted conflict dynamics and join the peace efforts.
Alongside this, UNDP works towards restorinig government and local capacities to mediate and resolve conflicts, strengthen community’s resilience and ensure effective management of natural resources.  

Main Achievements 2012

Livelihoods opportunities and improved basic services:

  • 24,000 former combatants (17 percent of whom are women) supported by UNDP. Follow-up surveys show that 73 percent have achieved sustainable livelihoods and reintegration into civilian life.
  • 35,000 small farmers and 1,200 honey producers in South Darfur helped with improving access to markets and generating higher incomes. In one locality the total value of honey production saw a tenfold increase, generating an additional US$1,000 income per household for a quarter of the target beneficiaries.
  • Micro-finance benefited 3,000 youth. After six months, 70 percent of 990 people given startup capital managed to establish small businesses and are generating continuous income.
    53 communities in East Sudan gained improved access to basic services such as water reservoirs, health centres, schools, and solar water pumps, funded by newly established Local Development Funds, reaching close to 630,000 citizens.
  • Impact of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria reduced in 15 states. In total 2,894,862 cases of malaria were treated; 2,229 dispensaries in remote rural locations and 4,330 regular health facilities were provided with free anti-malarial drugs; 168,000 people were tested for HIV and counseled; and 81 new TB medical centres were built in Darfur.

Stronger resilience to conflict and climate change

  • In the States of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, nine local peace agreements brokered with support from UNDP still hold and community security efforts continue despite deepening armed conflict. Perception surveys in 200 communities show that people feel safer as a result of dialogue, mediation and small-arms control measures.
  • Access to justice at community-level improved through 15 Justice and Confidence Centres across Sudan and the deployment of Mobile Legal Aid Clinics in six remote locations in Darfur. A total of 18,459 community members were trained on human rights and access to justice.
  • 1,150 households and more than 1,000 women adopted innovative agricultural techniques to prevent environmental degradation and promote community adaptation to climate change. As a result households benefited with an average yearly income increase of S$1,200.
  • Creation of State Councils for Natural Resources Management supported in Kassala and South Kordofan. This strategic body is mainstreaming dry lands issues in development planning and policies to reduce conflict over the meagre dry lands resources.

Developing capacities for responsive institutions

  •  Oversight and public accountability function of the national  Parliament strengthened. As a result of training of 200 parliamentarians (140 of whom were women) on public oversight, transparency) and accountability, a draft policy in civil participation was tabled in parliament.
  •  National statistics system improved and reliable baseline and database on MDGs established at the state level. As a result, a comprehensive National Strategy for the Development of Statistics has been formulated.
  •  Rapid capacity surge provided to the Darfur Regional Authority to lead the Darfur Joint Needs Assessment and draft the Darfur Development Strategy. The needs assessment and strategy provides a first ever roadmap towards recovery in Darfur. It was endorsed by the participants at the International Donor Conference in Doha in April 2013.

Who are the decision makers?

UNDP Sudan Resident Representative
Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari  was  appointed as  UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for  Sudan on  March 2,  2012.
Before his appointment to Sudan, Mr. Al-Za'tari served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Management at UNDP Headquarters.
Starting 2004 and for three consecutive years, he was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Syria.  Prior to this, Mr. Al-Za’tari  held the post of Senior Policy Adviser in the Directorate of the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York from 2001-2003 and from 1999-2001 as Regional Policy Specialist. For four years, Mr. Al-Za'tari was Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Libya (1995-1999) and Assistant Resident Representative and Officer-in-Charge for UNDP Iraq from 1992-1995.

UNDP Sudan Country Director
Ms.Yvonne Helle assumed her role as UNDP Country Director in Sudan on November 5, 2013. Prior to this, Ms.Helle served in the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) where she worked as Team Leader and oversaw UNDP’s Donor Relations with the OECD/DAC donors. She also served as Deputy Resident Representative in Morocco and held different postings in Laos as Head of Governance and in Mexico as desk officer for UNIFEM for Central America.


Current Staff Count for Sudan, Republic of the

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 192
UN Volunteers 20
UNDP Staff 183
Total 395
Contact UNDP in Sudan
Inquiries Phone: (+249) 1 87120000
registry.sd@undp.org Fax: (+249) 1 83 783 764
Resident Coordinator Annual Report Sudan
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