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Region:Asia Pacific Current UN Women Plan Period Afghanisthan:2018-2022
i-icon World Bank Income Classification:Low Income The World Bank classifies economies for analytical purposes into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. For this purpose it uses gross national income (GNI) per capita data in U.S. dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method, which is applied to smooth exchange rate fluctuations. i-icon Least Developed Country:Yes Since 1971, the United Nations has recognized LDCs as a category of States that are deemed highly disadvantaged in their development process, for structural, historical and also geographical reasons. Three criteria are used: per capita income, human assets, and economic vulnerability. i-icon Gender Inequality Index:0.575 GII is a composite metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa. i-icon Gender Development Index:0.723 GDI measures gender inequalities in achievement in three basic dimensions of human development: health, education, and command over economic resources.
i-icon Population:209,497,025 Source of population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2022). World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision Male:19,976,265 (9.5%) Female:189,520,760 (90.5%)
Map Summary
Overview Where the money goes Financial flows About our work
9 Outcome and Organizational Results
$8.68 M Planned Budget
$6.31 M Actual Budget
$2.37 M Shortfall

About our work


The UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office (SAMCO) is based in Pretoria and covers five countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini. All five countries are members of the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The priority areas for SAMCO are: 

  • Women’s Economic Empowerment 

  • Ending Violence against women and girls  

  • Women’s  Peace and Security 

  • Global norms, and standards on GEWE (HIV/AIDS, CSW, Social Protection recovery and reconstruction, Generation Equality) 

As chair of the United Nations Gender Theme Group in South Africa, the MCO works across the wider UN system to develop joint programming and promote adherence to global normative and policy frameworks for gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

In the other SACU countries, SAMCO focuses on coordination and advocacy efforts as well as collaborating with sister UN agencies to support wider UN programmes to ensure the integration of gender in UN Programming frameworks.  SAMCO also works on focused interventions in the SACU countries in collaboration with local partners. 

Disclaimer and notes
Revenue recognition per management accounts reporting (as per Revenue Management Policy). 2022 figures are preliminary, pending final audit.
Resources shown are only allocated towards development work.
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.
References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).

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