Djibouti ranks 164th out of 187 countries in the 2012 Human Development Index. Over 42 percent of Djiboutians live in extreme poverty, with unemployment in the capital city at 60 percent. Since 1992, the government of Djibouti has been pursuing a decentralized model of administrative management as a means to reduce poverty.
How We Are Helping?
UNCDF has been helping Djibouti to meet its development challenges by supporting decentralization efforts to improve governance capacity at the local level. In collaboration with UNDP and the European Union, UNCDF has implemented the project Appui à la Décentralisation et aux Collectivités Locales (PADCL) in order to support the government’s decentralization policy of empowering local government. The programme pilots a decentralized model of public expenditure management, based on a local development fund, for the provision of infrastructure in rural areas, in two Regions, Obock and Dikhil. The programme includes contributions of UNCDF, UNDP, the European Union, and the Government.