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About UNDP in Sudan


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been operational in Sudan since 1965, supporting millions of people in need, including local communities, internally displaced persons, refugees, returnees, migrants, women, and youth.

Guided by the vision of Sudan’s transition and ongoing peace efforts, and with dedicated assistance from the international community and national partners, UNDP’s work currently focuses on supporting Sudan’s democratic transition, and key areas of development. This is done in alignment with the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) [UNSCRES 2425] and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our specific portfolios of work are:

Operating under the framework of the UNDAF and led by our Senior Management Team, with more than 250 staff across multiple offices, UNDP Sudan mobilizes significant resources each year in support of national developmental objectives, via programmes implemented across Sudan’s 18 states.

In 2020, UNDP Sudan delivered more than USD 97 million of programmatic support across its five portfolios. Reflecting the increased needs across Sudan, UNDP is currently expanding our programmatic operations nationwide, and our state- and community-level presence, with an estimated 2021 delivery of USD 118 million.

At the state and community level, the majority of UNDP’s interventions are operational in Sudan’s most at-risk areas and communities, based on conflict, climate, environmental and disaster vulnerability, socio-economic factors, and other indicators. The locations of our current programmes, and offices, are highlighted on the above maps.

Our work is intersected by cross-cutting topics, including crisis and emergency response, youth, gender, innovation (via our Accelerator Lab), private sector partnerships, and development/aid-sector coordination, each with dedicated  programmes.

For more information on our areas of work, areas of potential collaboration, and our impact, visit Our Focus.

The work of UNDP in Sudan would not be possible without the support of a full spectrum of partners, including the Governments and the affiliated aid/development agencies of Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, and others. This is complemented by UNDP Core Funding from generous donor nations, and support from multiple international entities – including the Global Fund, Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund – and from direct UN sources like the Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund.

These partners, along with new and emerging donors and international financial institutions, help mobilize the knowledge and resources required to support our ambitious agenda.

Learn more about our funding and delivery, and international partners.

UNDP also assists with the administration, coordination or management of several funds or entities in Sudan, including:

Across our work, UNDP utilizes a Whole-of-Government and Whole-of-Society approach, in unison with the new United Nations Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the departing United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), sister UN agencies, the private sector, the “Friends of Sudan” group, and national and international entities.

Through these collaborative efforts and our own, UNDP works towards achieving the goals of Sudan’s people and its Transitional Government, through investment at all levels of society.

Our Achievements

In 2020 our interventions improved the lives of more than 1.7 million Sudanese citizens, refugees, and migrants all across Sudan.

Highlights from 2020 include:

  • 500,000+ of Sudan’s most vulnerable supported via stabilization efforts, 55,000 seasonal jobs created and over 6,000 hectares of farmland developed.
  • 225 local conflict and dispute mechanisms maintained, assisting approximately 500,000 people, with 108 established in 2020.
  • 218,200 people provided better access to justice and legal services.
  • Four statute laws and legal frameworks established by Ministry of Justice with UNDP technical assistance.
  • Election assessments undertaken with UNITAMS to clarify anticipated support for the future.
  • USD 15M mobilized to support COVID-19-linked essential equipment.
  • 342 facilities providing Tuberculosis services supported with equipment and medicines via the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • USD 25.6m Green Climate Fund grant secured to support 3.7 million people with sustainable livelihoods, environmental protection, and water and food security.
  • First ‘Solar Lab’ established in Sudan to test all solar panel imports; successful pilot of solar-powered water pumps for irrigation completed.

For more information on our areas of work, areas of potential collaboration, and our impact, visit Our Focus.


HDI (UNDP, 2019)


Poverty rate, latest estimates by Ministry of Finance (2020)

1.8 m.

sq. km

42.8 m.

Population (WB, 2019)

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