United Nations Development Assistance Framework

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is a planning framework between the government and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) that describes the collective contribution of the United Nations towards national development. The UNDAF provides a system-wide overview of key UN strategies at country level in support of national priorities, policies and plans, while ensuring coordination, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency for maximum impact. The UNDAF shows where the United Nations can contribute most effectively, based on its comparative advantage, to the achievement of national development priorities. UNDAFs are normally aligned to the national planning cycle and undergo annual reviews.

The Sudan UNDAF 2018-2021 is the third of its kind in the country and was signed between the Government of Sudan and the United Nations on 25 April 2017 during an official ceremony attended by government representatives and the UNCT. The process that led to this signature entailed extensive consultations between the Government and 20 UN entities in Sudan working on development since the process was launched in 2015. This UNDAF incorporates the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda and outlines how the UNCT aims to contribute towards sustainable development.

The document is based on the ambition of a One UN Framework, and is built on a common needs and root cause analysis and shared strategic development outcomes


UNDAF (2018-2021) Document                         UNDAF (2018-2021) Launch Press Release



  • Sep 27, 2018

    Re-connecting Communities Through Market Revival

    Trade has always proved to be an important means for inter-communal dialogue. This was especially the case with the Abu Matarig Market located in Bahr El Arab, a cross-border region to South Sudan. The market used to be recognized as Darfur’s biggest cattle market, receiving around 8,000 cattle, 11,000 sheep, 4,000 goats and other animals (horses, donkeys) during its market days. Many tribes came from South Sudan during the rainy season with their herds. At its prime, the Abu Matarig Market offered not only opportunities for both farmers and pastoralists to buy, sell and exchange produce, but also acted as a central platform where local populations met and formed relationships to other tribes.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    Communities Empowered to Promote Peace and Stability

    Located along the Sudan - South Sudan border, the area of Abyei is about 10,546 km2 in size and embodies a complex, multi-layered dispute. The political and legal status of Abyei remains to be a contentious issue in the negotiations between the two countries. Meanwhile, local communities are persisting to co-exist and promote peace between themselves with the help of the UN and its partners.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    Out of Suffering Emerge Strong Souls

    “With the skills I gained, I became capable of making better decisions for myself, overcoming my own traumas and helping other women within my community to regain their strength just as I have” says Hiba Abbaker Ahmed, a 35-year-old woman from Kasab camp for internally displaced people in Kutum, North Darfur, who was one of the women who received psychosocial support services from Women Centres in Sudan.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    A Bill for Legal Rights

    Access to justice, particularly by vulnerable and poverty-stricken populations, remains difficult in regions such as Darfur. The absence of a comprehensive legislation in Sudan that ensures access to legal aid to those who cannot afford legal services meant that women and girls have had almost no avenues to seek justice when they became victimized in cases such as rape. For example, victims were unable to seek justice because their complaints against their perpetrators were not addressed beyond local courts and the cases usually ended up as dismissals or were turned into convictions of adultery for the victims.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    More than just a Meal, Sudan’s School Lunches

    Nesreen Adam, 10, waits patiently with her classmates in the schoolyard for her first and biggest meal of the day — her school lunch. Usually served around midday, it is often the only regular nutritious meal that she eats on any given day. “The food we get at school is our main meal during the day” Says Nesreen who attends Marta School for Girls in Kosti, South Kordofan.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    A Check-Up on the Health Sector

    The health sector in Sudan is faced with challenges of scarce and inconsistent data mainly due to the country’s federal governance system and multiple state actors.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    Collective Action for Improved Water Management

    Harvesting has been a true hardship for Aisha Musa Ismail, known informally as Um Ayman, a mother of nine and a farmer living in the Shagra village in North Darfur, which lies within the vicinity of the valley of Wadi El Ku. “A woman will do anything for her children” said Um Ayman, who could not farm for years due to seasonal water near her village being drained away by erosion. Um Ayman, who besides farming is also the head of the Women’s Development Association in her village, had become tired of the daily disappointment caused by dry land and crop failure.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    Transforming Women’s Lives through Finance

    The Kordofan region in Sudan is home to an abundance of natural resources. Nevertheless, poverty has been prevalent in the region particularly for populations living in rain-fed areas given that agricultural production depends on seasonal rainfall. Rural women are among the poorest in the region, facing a multitude of challenges. Given the lack of access to education and position to have a voice in the running of their families or their communities, women are left out of opportunities to earn livelihoods.

  • Feb 21, 2018

    A Dam that Built a Bridge

    Located in the Beleil locality in South Darfur state, Takro village sits between two of South Darfur’s major migration routes. Pastoralists bring their animals to drink water at a nearby dam – an act that has contributed to friction with and amongst local farming populations especially when the water becomes scarce or when crops are trampled by animals. “The low dam has caused a depletion in water availability by March and thus forcing the local community to walk about six hours to fetch water from a neighbouring water source for their use” says Mohamed Yahyia who is a school headmaster and a local resident of Takro.

  • Feb 21, 2018

    Empowering Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

    Targeting individuals or groups of individuals based on their gender through any acts that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm is what is known as gender-based violence. According to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), gender-based violence incidents include violent acts such as rape, torture, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced impregnation and murder, and threats of these acts are defined as a form of violence.

  • Feb 21, 2018

    Promoting Trade and Peace through Amiet Market, Abyei

    Abyei Area, located along the Sudan-South Sudan border, is a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan, delineated by complex multi-layered disputes. The southern part of Abyei is mainly inhabited by the sedentary Ngok Dinka tribe, with the vast majority still displaced around Agok, the southern-most town bordering South Sudan. The Misseriya tribe, many of whom are semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrate seasonally, inhabit the northern areas of Abyei, or north of Todach. Many Misseriya migrate from the north to the south of Abyei (in the Ngok Dinka territory) in search of grazing land and water for their livestock during the dry season, creating tension and conflict between both tribes.

  • Feb 21, 2018

    Darfur Reshapes its Public Spending Processes

    Planning a state’s public spending on local infrastructure and basic services, and keeping reliable and transparent records of that expenditure, is crucial. All these processes boost citizen confidence when it comes to the integrity of public institutions and good use of public funds. he five states of Darfur have taken some steps to improve their planning and public expenditure management processes and address the several challenges facing them. These challenges included inaccuracies in the record-keeping of revenue data and low revenue collection capacity in addition to high wage costs (for example, 80 percent of total spending in North Darfur). Moreover, manual systems and spreadsheets for payroll processing are highly vulnerable to financial losses, whilst institutional and human resource capacities continued to pose major constraints to state planning.