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Maendeleo Policy Forum

UNDP as the lead global development agency seeks to contribute to national and societal transformation through many approaches. One of these is as a trusted convener of spaces and platforms where development issues can be debated, and solutions discussed, that can then be put forward to decision makers at the national, regional and continental levels.

Led by the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, the Maendeleo Policy Forum is one of the organisation’s contributions to the search for workable solutions to new and persistent problems of developmental transformation and effectiveness in Africa. It provides space for African leaders, international mediators and negotiatorsresearchers, policy makers, development practitioners and writers on African issues, to dialogue and debate on critical issues of development in Africa.

The Forum seeks to promote new, alternative and cutting edge thinking on the development challenges that Africa faces, and its outcomes will also be codified into policy notes, briefs and think pieces. The Policy Forum also provides space for UNDP Africa to introduce some of its research products as a contribution to the search for solutions.


Addis Ababa, 6 September 2017 - Strengthening Human Rights Based Approach to Development in Africa the nexus between strong human rights institutions and development at the national level

Addis Ababa, 7 February 2017 - “Corruption as an impediment towards SDGs achievement: What must Africa do?”

Nairobi, 14 December 2016 - Deepening Democracy – Election Management and Stability in Africa’s Divided Societies

Accra, 18 August 2016 - Ghana holds maiden Maendeleo Policy Forum on African elections

Addis Ababa, 4 July 2016 - Exploring the Nexus between Humanitarian and Development Interventions

Addis Ababa, 29 February 2016 - Maendeleo Policy Forum: Paris Climate Change Agreement and Africa – What next?

Addis Ababa, 11 November 2015 - Violent Extremism in Africa: Challenges, Options and Opportunities for Response

Addis Ababa, 8 October 2015 - Maendeleo Policy Forum kicks off with focus on National Dialogue in Burundi

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