Our Projects

What we do


UNDP Angola 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 four inter-connected thematic areas: poverty reduction and achievement of the SDGs, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and sustainable environment (energy and environment).

The objective being pursued by the "Poverty Reduction and Achievement of the SDGs" programme, is achieving SDGs and reducing human poverty, through support to SDGs country reporting and poverty monitoring; private sector and pro-poor policy reform to achieve SDG targets.

Under the "Democratic Governance" programme, UNDP Angola is working to foster democratic governance through justice and human rights; decentralization and local governance; public administration reform; and women's empowerment.

Because of Angola's geographical location, climate change factors, and level of regulation, the country is prone to disasters, the impact of which can cause severe impact on poverty levels particularly on the vulnerable and excluded populations, so the UNDP "Crisis Prevention and Recovery" country programme is mainly, but not limited to natural Disaster Reduction.

Our work in the "Environment and Sustainable Development" area entails support for the establishment of frameworks and strategies for sustainable development, including effective water governance; access to sustainable energy services; sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation; conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; national/sectoral policy and planning to control emissions of ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants, and promotion of climate change resilience and adaptation measures.

In adopting our plan of action and key deliverables for the current programme cycle, UNDP Angola 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 2015-2017.

We present below ongoing projects listed by key areas


Poverty Reduction

  • The project prepares the Country Office for new interventions aiming to support Angola in its efforts towards economic diversification, graduation process from the LDC status, Human development and the achievement of SDGs.

  • The Project aims to introduce energy-efficient charcoal technologies in Angola and trigger market demand for certified, sustainable charcoal.

  • The goal of the HIV/AIDS component is to prevent HIV transmission and reduce socio-economic impact of the HIV epidemic in Angola through the implementation of a multi-sectoral approach that extends existing efforts in HIV prevention, treatment and surveillance while increasing institutional capacity.

  • The Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) is a poverty reduction initiative developed by the UNDP's private sector and supported by the Spanish Development Agency - AECID in close partnership with the Angola Government´s key related Ministries, Financial Institutions, Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations. The project focus on the pro-poor sector, market-placing entrepreneurs to a firm growth of partnerships with the public and private sectors. GSB will improve investment strategy for both poor and industry.

  • Angola Enterprise Programme (AEP) is a Public-Private Partnership that seeks the cooperation and support of various organizations from the Government, donors, the private sector, academia, NGOs and civil society organizations to promote a vibrant Angolan private enterprise sector.

Democratic Governance

  • The project was developed to support the National Office of Gender Equality and Equity (NOGEE) of Angola’s Ministry of Family and Women’s Affairs (MINFAMU) for institutional strengthening, including its decentralized organs, in the implementation of the National Policy of Gender Equality and Equity (NPGEE). This support is extended to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Women’s Community Based Organizations (WCBOs).

  • This project was initiated in 2012 for a period of two years. It focused strongly on institutional capacity building. The project continues now to exit under the Country Program Document and the Country Program Action Plan 2015-2019. Still, one of its fundamental goals is to strengthen Angola’s national institutions for the promotion of human rights. In view of the institutionalization of democratic governance in the global development agenda and the consensus on the prerequisite of legitimate, responsive and effective governance, in the period 2004-2013 UNDP assisted the Government of Angola (GoA) with the strengthening of institutional capacity of local governance.

  • This project was initiated in 2012 for a period of two years. It focused strongly on institutional capacity building. The project continues now to exit under the Country Program Document and the Country Program Action Plan 2015-2019. Still, one of its fundamental goals is to strengthen Angola’s national institutions for the promotion of human rights

  • This project intends to capitalize on such positive trends by providing grants to women´s groups to enable them to strategically implement policies and programmes that enhance the achievement of gender equity and goals in political participation and decision-making, economic and social empowerment, and combating violence against women.

  • The fundamental focus of the Project is to strengthen the capacity of Municipal Administration in the 15 Municipalities under the Project and to empower the communities in these Municipalities for greater control on decision-making and resource allocation processes, and allowing their direct participation in public service delivery and local development for poverty reduction.

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

  • Building upon the established strategic partnership between CNPC and UNDP, the project addresses three urgent priorities of the government in decentralized contingency planning, disaster and risk information management, and institutional strengthening from January 2015 to December 2017.

  • This project assists the National Civil Protection Commission (CNPC) in initiating a process for developing a resilient recovery framework, while providing support to the implementation of Pilot Strategies for Building Resilience in drought-affected southern provinces.

  • This project will support the design and development of a broader UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction programme to improve the country’s implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, particularly in enhancing the capacity to prepare for and respond to natural hazards.

  • The overall objective of the project is the strengthening of the capacity of the government of Angola to assure the security and access of the population to mine-infested areas, and to facilitate the electoral process.

  • This project assists INAD to enhance its role as the national demining operator. The specific outcome of the project will be consolidated access and security for development efforts in Angola through developing the capacity of INAD.

Environment and Energy

  • This project is about defining the Government commitment and plan to meet the obligations that it has assumed as a Party to the Montreal Protocol (MP) under Decision XIX/6 of the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties that accelerated the phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in both Article 5 and non-Article 5 countries.

  • This is a Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) project that will be implemented by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNDP Angola. Angola´s coastline is home for more than 50% of the country´s populations, where socioeconomic and environmental challenges arise due to lack of urban planning and the rapid population growth. These challenges include inadequate access to water and electricity, poor sanitation, natural disasters such as droughts and flooding, degradation of Angola´s coastal ecosystems and increased temperatures, that decrease the income from livelihoods: agriculture and fishing for subsisting and employment.

  • The “Rapid Assessment and Gap Analysis” Report presents Angola’s contribution to the global initiative to achieve “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4ALL) by the year 2030. The objective is to ensure universal access to modern energy services, duplicate the rate of improvements in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

  • Promoting climate-resilient development and enhanced adaptive capacity to withstand disaster risks in Angolan’s Cuvelai River Basin

    To promote the development of the Province of Cunene’s capacity to adapt to climate-related hazards is therefore an urgent priority to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and address the region’s socio-economic and developmental challenges effectively.

  • Promotion of Sustainable Charcoal in Angola through a Value Chain Approach

    The Project aims to introduce energy-efficient charcoal technologies in Angola and trigger market demand for certified, sustainable charcoal. Energy-efficient charcoal kilns, briquetting machines and efficient stoves will be transferred to rural and peri-urban beneficiaries, thereby adding value along the chain while creating opportunities for income and job creation.

  • Expansion and Strengthening of Angola’s Protected Area system

    The Project has been designed as the second phase of a more comprehensive national programme to rehabilitate, strengthen and expand Angola’s system of protected areas. This GEF-funded project will seek to complement the first phase by (i) strengthening the capacity of the government of Angola to expand its network of protected areas, in order to meet the national expansion targets; and (ii) continuing the rehabilitation of Angola’s existing national parks, by improving the management effectiveness of Quicama, Bicuar and Cangandala NPs.

  • The overall objective of this project is the improved capacity in Sustainable Land Management in order to contribute to ecosystem health and functionality while at the same time enhancing the livelihoods of the rural populations in the province of Huambo, the province most affected by land degradation.

  • The project goal is to establish and effectively manage a network of protected areas to conserve representative samples of Angola’s globally unique biodiversity. The project objective is to catalyse an improvement in the overall management of the protected areas network, through rehabilitating Iona National Park.