Our focus

UNDP Sudan's work


The 2019 revolution, led by women and youth, secured a unique opportunity for the people of Sudan to transform their nation.

Sudan is now working to improve living standards, revitalize the economy, address refugee and IDP displacement through durable solutions, improve human rights, build resilience, and transition to a civilian-led, democratic government, while continuing to make progress on a Sudanese-led peace process – most notably the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA).  Significant achievements have been made to date, but a great deal of work remains.

Guided by the vision of Sudan’s transition and key components of the JPA, UNDP Sudan is focused on critical aspects of the transition, like stabilization and peace, and institutional reform, aligned with the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, we support longer-term key areas of development like health and access to energy, as well as crisis response.

Working closely with the Transition Government, civil society, the private sector and the international community, UNDP is supporting the realization of Sudan’s vision at the national, state, and community/local level, while simultaneously assisting Sudan in transitioning from a humanitarian to a development focus within the framework of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus.

To do so, we are focusing on five areas of work for 2021-2022:

Emergency Response and Crises

Recognizing the need to integrate disaster risk reduction with other UNDP priorities, such as poverty reduction, community stabilization, governance, peacebuilding, and sustainable livelihoods, UNDP Sudan programmes are flexible, able to quickly adapt for emergency response with a focus on supporting early recovery.

Utilizing our expertise with local communities, UNDP interventions often focus on vulnerable, displaced groups and the communities hosting them, including initiatives on protection, civil works, emergency employment, and access to basic services like energy and health. Alongside our humanitarian partners, we employ durable solutions that provide help for those in immediate need and which also represent important community assets for the future.

Sustainable Development at the Community Level

In Sudan, UNDP utilizes area-based management (ABM) to work with geographically defined communities and areas, addressing interwoven development barriers like poverty, inequality, insecurity, and climate-risks.

Addressing these factors helps ensure stability at the local/community level, supporting Sudan's democratic transition and reducing potential challenges during critical peace processes. To achieve this, complementary responses by humanitarian, peace and development actors are required, bolstered by resilient practices that sustain the gains made by the Sudanese people and the efforts of the international community.

To help deliver on this need, UNDP collaborates with a full spectrum of partners to ensure integrated approaches to community stabilization, providing needs-based assistance in sustainable livelihoods, infrastructure, basic service delivery, access to energy, protection of human rights, local government capacity building, and other areas of support, to pave the way for long-term recovery and development, and support durable solutions at the community level.

Three development settings

Eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions

Accelerate structural transformations

Build resilience to shocks and crises

To respond to these issues, and better focus its resources and expertise to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, UNDP has identified a set of approaches that we call our Signature Solutions.

Six Signature Solutions


Signature Solutions are integrated responses to development against which we align our resources and expertise, to make real impact.


Keeping people out of POVERTY


GOVERNANCE for peaceful, just, and inclusive societies


Crisis prevention and increased RESILIENCE


ENVIRONMENT: nature-based solutions for development

Clean, affordable ENERGY

Women's empowerment and GENDER equality


Each Solution includes a mix of policy advice, technical assistance, finance, and programmes. Each solution has the potential to unlock the path to sustainable development. But no one solution will succeed on its own. We need all of them to achieve the SDGs.


Next generation UNDP


Today's development challenges are complex and each context is different. That's why we tailor our work to fit the needs of the countries and communities we serve.

UNDP's Strategic Plan (2018-2021) has been designed to be responsive to the wide diversity of the countries we serve. The diversity is reflected in three broad development contexts: eradicating poverty; structural transformations; and building resilience.

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