About UNDP in Angola

 Henrik Larsen, UNDP Angola Country Director

Deriving from UNDP’s mandate to support developing countries to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable human development, UNDP Angola effectively supports the country in its efforts to consolidate peace and national reconstruction.

UNDP has been working in Angola since 1977 and has aligned its programme cycle with the Government planning cycle within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Under the overarching goal of poverty eradication UNDP Angola focuses on three main areas: Sustainable development, Democratic governance and peacebuilding and Climate and disaster resilience.

In adopting our plan of action and key deliverables for the current programme cycle, UNDP focuses on the strategic areas where it has comparative advantage within the United Nations system in Angola, as defined in the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for 2015-2019.

What do we want to accomplish?


The ultimate goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Angola, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future that offers equality, dignity and opportunity for all.

UNDP works in partnership with the Government of Angola, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Gender, Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, Environment and Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

What are our results?


Poverty Reduction

This area will specifically, i) promote partnerships in support of Angola goal of graduating from LDC status ii) strengthen national systems and institutions to achieve economic diversification, increase domestic and micro enterprise entrepreneurial development and sustainable livelihood approaches and opportunities which promote greater access to financial assets and productive resources, iii) reinforce national capacities for robust evidence-based policy making and planning using disaggregated census, and survey data for implementation, coordination and monitoring to better understand, advocate, and plan for future development priorities iv) strengthening national institutions, laws and policies for equitable delivery of HIV. Projects:  Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development; Strengthening the National Response to HIV in Angola

Democratic Governance

This area supports (i) capacity building and modernisation of public institutions to provide efficient and effective services; (ii) promotes transparent management of public resources at national level through capacity building of supreme audit institutions and civil society in external control of public finances; (iii) promotes participatory governance at local level through technical advisory to decentralization of local governance and capacity building for communities to engage in administrative decision-making processes; (iv) and supports the building of Angola’s capacity to realize and to monitor and report progress on SDG 16 concerning peaceful, justice and inclusive societies. Also, This area supports the alignment of Angola’s human rights framework with international law through (i) capacity building of national human rights institutions and actors; (ii) technical advisory on treaty ratification and obligations; (iii) promotion of human rights and access to justice, specifically for the  most vulnerable, including women, youth and people with disabilities; and (iv) support of gender mainstreaming, statistics and women’s empowerment, and capacity building for public gender institutions and civil society. Projects: Participation and Local Governance; Achieving SDG 16 in Angola; Support for the Enhanc. Human Rights Framework in Angola; Promoting the Empowerment of Angolan Women Through CSOs; Empowering Women Project – MINFAMU and Project for Strengthening Technical and Functional Skills of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI), National Parliaments and Civil Society for the Control of Public Finances in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (PRO PALOP-TL SAI).

Climate and disaster resilience 

This area supports the environmental sustainability through better management of energy, natural resources, access to green energy, strategies for climate change, the conservation of biodiversity and plans and systems for the reduction of risks and disasters. Projects: Conservation Biodiversity_Iona National Park; Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)Management Plan for Angola; Environment Strategic Programme; Expansion & Strengthening Angola Protect Areas System; LDCF/ climate-resilience Angola´s Cuvelai River Basin; Support to Climate Change Sector in Angola; Support to Sustainable Energy for All Initiative; Promotion of Sustainable Charcoal in Angola; Preparatory Assistance to Disaster Risk Reduction; Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building. 






Who are the decision makers?


Mr. Pier Paolo Balladelli is the Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in Angola and the Resident Representative for UNDP in Angola.

Mr. Henrik Fredborg Larsen, Country Director is assisted by Ms. Denise E. Findley Antonio, Deputy Country Director/Operations. 

All activities falling within the Country Programme Action Plan are nationally owned. Implementation of the programme activities are being carried out by Implementing Partners, i.e. Government Ministries, Government Institutions, Provincial Authorities, Civil Society Organization, NGOs, Academy and UN agencies including UNDP as appropriate, under the overall oversight by the ministry of Planning.