Swedish government and UNDP sign agreement to promote socio-economic development and peacebuilding in Africa’s border regions



Swedish government and UNDP sign agreement to promote socio-economic development and peacebuilding in Africa’s border regions

Many border regions face difficult security challenges, and we must support initiatives that promote all the positive aspects of dynamic border areas.

ADDIS-ABEBA, Ethiopia, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

Today, the Swedish government, represented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement of 5,000,000 SEK to promote social development. economic and peacebuilding in the border regions of Africa in Liptako-Gourma in West Africa and the Cluster Karamoja in East Africa. The program will be implemented in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Life and Peace Institute (LPI).

The signing ceremony took place at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa with representation from Ulla Andrén, Head of Swedish Regional Development Cooperation and Stan Nkwain, Acting Director of the UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa.

With around 270 million inhabitants, border regions in Africa are a unique source of ingenuity, untapped opportunities and great resilience. However, in many of these communities, insecurity and poverty, exacerbated by climate change emergencies, conflict and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, remain a major obstacle to socio-economic progress. This agreement confirms the strong belief of Sweden, UNDP and their implementing partners that improving circumstances could help unleash the development potential and local innovation capacities of African border communities and to strengthen their progress towards achieving the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063.

Ulla Andrén, Head of Regional Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa signed the agreement on behalf of Sweden and said: “We are happy to be able to support innovative projects like this. Many border regions face difficult security challenges, and we must support initiatives that promote all the positive aspects of vibrant border areas in the common struggle for a peaceful and secure Africa. We are particularly eager to see how this partnership will improve the participation of women and young people. “

Stan Nkwain, Acting Director of the UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa, signed the agreement on behalf of UNDP and said: “I would like to thank the government and people of Sweden for their partnership and commitment to support historically marginalized communities in the border regions of Africa. , through the Africa Borderlands Center of the UNDP. I hope that this initiative can be a catalyst to attract more attention and resources to the border regions of Africa.

The one-year partnership, which will be implemented by the UNDP Regional Program for Africa, will seize opportunities in the border regions of Africa with a particular focus on the engagement and empowerment of women and men. youth.

The partnership revolves around three axes, namely:

improving the livelihoods of border communities in the Liptako-Gourma region by promoting innovation in informal cross-border trade and market access in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso; strengthen the engagement and capacity of border civil society organizations in East Africa and the Horn of Africa; and promote sustainable peace and development in the Karamoja region of Uganda and Kenya, while supporting the governments of Kenya and Uganda in developing a cross-border agenda.

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