About UNODC Eastern Africa

Our Office

The UNODC Regional Office in Eastern Africa  is located in the complex of United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya.

It covers thirteen countries: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.

The countries of Eastern Africa region differ significantly in terms of population, cultural, ethnic patterns, and in the availability of natural resources. However, these countries have in common some of the lowest economic indicators and standards of living and face severe development challenges. Natural disasters and wars have left the majority of the region's 180 million people struggling under extreme poverty. Recurrent food shortages and droughts have also added to the devastating effects of civil war on the population, whereas poor governance, corruption and human rights abuses have stunted the development opportunities of these countries dramatically.

The Eastern Africa region is also among the most affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the sub-Saharan Africa and the disease is taking a heavy toll on the population of most countries.

Against this background UNODC is strengthening its partnership with the Eastern African governments and is assisting them in tackling their drug, crime and terrorism challenges in a more comprehensive and focused manner. Keeping in mind the peculiarity of the political and socio-economic context of the sub-region, UNODC has developed a strategy that is intended to help countries build the necessary local capacity and enhance regional cooperation to ensure a sustainable and long lasting impact of their interventions against drugs, crime, and terrorism that threaten to impede many of their development goals.