Good governance, together with strengthened democratic institutions that provide services and guide society, are essential for peace and sustainable human development in Sudan. Equally important is fully harnessing the opportunities presented by Sudan’s natural resources, agricultural sector, and young workforce through which to unlock Sudan’s economic potential.
Significant action is being taken by International Financial Institutions, the international community, and the Transitional Government to address both these areas.
UNDP’s initiatives in this regard currently focus on two areas. The first, democratic institutional reform, focuses on service delivery by strengthening Sudan’s federal and state ministries and institutions. This includes utilizing Sudan’s strong diaspora community to supplement the civil service and supporting civil sector reform activities. Additionally, to reduce the logistical workload in the Ministries, UNDP provides coordination services for development-focused aid.
The second, economic reform, involves creating the foundations for inclusive growth and economic development, targeting poverty reduction, the informal economy and the economic challenges caused by COVID-19. At the macro and micro level, UNDP provides support for developing adaptive solutions to spur a conducive investment environment, digital acceleration including e-finance, creative economy growth, entrepreneurship, and progressive social policies - particularly focusing on enabling youth and women’s employment.
In cooperation with UNICEF, contributing to participatory, SDG-based, and equitable pro-poor public budgeting as part of the National Development Plan.
Ensuring business continuity during COVID-19 and the transition period for ministries and core government offices, as well as for independent bodies and similar entities.
Enhancing the capacity and governance structures within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure the Transitional Government leads the coordination of development aid, integrated into a National Development Plan aligned with Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.
Contributing to participatory, SDG-based, and equitable pro-poor public budgeting as part of the National Development Plan.
In collaboration with the Transitional Government, and in partnership with IOM and UNV, designing a mechanism that facilitates technical and financial investment in Sudan from Sudanese diaspora throughout the world.
Scaling up social safety nets and trust-building efforts, to revitalise the informal economy and enable self-sufficiency for women and youth.
Supporting the expansion of agricultural productivity and production to ensure food supply and supply chains, in partnership with FAO and IFAD. This includes developing policy and regulatory frameworks and providing technical assistance on climate adaptation and business loans.
Supporting disadvantaged women, youth, and households to access finance and e-banking services, in support of agricultural and livelihood opportunities, including for host communities, returnees, and those in remote areas.
Reducing therising poverty levels in urban slums by implementing an Urban Poverty Reduction Programme.
Exploring opportunities for leapfrogging digitalization and e-governance in public administration, while ensuring connectivity between different levels of state authorities.
Achievements in 2020 include:
In response to the economic effects of COVID-19, women-focused livelihood initiatives implemented, through which tens of thousands of PPE items were produced.
11,250 members, predominantly women, joined 47 newly-established Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations.
Ensured business continuity for ministries during COVID-19 and the transition period, including the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning, Justice, Labour and Social Development.
Developed recommendations to develop and safeguard Sudan’s remittance sector as part of a mapping of Sudan’s remittance value.
Mapped the impact of poverty in Khartoum and identified potential solutions, as part of a rapid assessment of the Impact of the Economic Situation on the Urban Population of Khartoum State.
Together with UNICEF, WFP, and the African Development Bank, spearheaded a multi-agency, socio-economic impact assessment of the effects of COVID-19 on Sudan’s economy.
Provided startup grants for 100+ young people through the Darfur Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Challenge.
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Predominantly women, joined 47 newly-established Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations, creating opportunities to save, borrow and invest, and improving access to finance.