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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
10 Outcome and Organizational Results
$8.41 M Planned Budget
$7.00 M Actual Budget
$1.41 M Shortfall

Where the money goes in 2022


Financial flows in 2022 towards impact areas and systemic outcomes

Find out where UN Women's resources come from, where they go and how they are changing the lives of women and girls.
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Find out where UN Women's resources come from, where they go and how they are changing the lives of women and girls.

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Recipient regions Where resources go Impact areas What resources are
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About our work


UN Women’s regional office for East and Southern Africa (ESARO) based in Kenya covers 12 Country Offices[1], one programme presence (Somalia), and supports 11 UN Country Teams (UNCTs)[2] where UN Women is a non-resident agency. ESARO’s strategy is based on a Theory of Change informed by evidence-based gender analysis and developed through a team wide participatory approach. In alignment with the UN Women global strategic plan, the regional strategy is built upon a contextual analysis and key regional challenges coupled with the findings and recommendations of reviews, evaluations and lessons learned. The regional office uses our convening power and influence to accelerate change through deepening partnerships, co-creating knowledge and gender data, mobilizing resources, and coordinating efforts toward an environment where: 1) women and girls are safe, their voices heard and make informed choices, and 2.) regional entities[3] advance women’s human rights, reduce patriarchal barriers of discrimination, and create equal opportunities for women and girls in their diversity. ESARO’s work focuses on five priorities that address different dimensions of change:

  1. Sustained engagements with duty-bearers to be more accountable for financing and implementation of gender commitments (systemic change)
  2. Enabling safe spaces and convening platforms to coalesce rights holders to hold duty bearers accountable (relational level change)
  3. Strengthening partnerships and efforts on evidence-based approaches to transform harmful behaviours and practices that perpetuate gender stereotypes and inequalities (social and cultural change)
  4. Making the connection between action and results through gender data, research and analysis (knowledge for change)
  5. Advancing GEWE accountability through effective coordination of UN regional mechanisms and platforms (peer influence change)

[1] UN Women Country Offices: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa (multi-country office including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

[2] NRA countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius/Seychelles, Namibia, and Zambia

[3] Entities include the intergovernmental bodies with which ESARO engages primarily the AU, RECs as well as IFIs, networks and associations.


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).