ADDIS ABABA – The UN Development Program (UNDP) has deployed Samuel Gbaydee Doe as its new resident representative in Ethiopia.
Doe, a Liberian national with a conflict recovery and development profession background, presented a copy of his credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday to serve as UNDP Ethiopia’s resident Representative.
“I am honored to lead UNDP Ethiopia at this critical juncture in the country’s history and sustainable development journey,” said the new Resident Representative.
Doe pledged to forge sustainable partnerships to advance Ethiopia’s development agenda as per its 10-Year Development Plan and the Homegrown Economic Reforms Program.
“We will do our utmost to build upon the strong and enduring partnership between UNDP and the Government and people of this great country, to accelerate the achievement of your sustainable development aspirations,” he said.
“We will pay particular attention to efforts in consolidating democratic institutions, raising climate ambitions and protecting the environment, advancing peace support, pursuing the gender equality agenda as well as inclusive economic growth.”
Doe joined UNDP Ethiopia after serving as a Resident Representative for UNDP’s South Sudan (2021 –2023) and Sierra Leone (2019-2021) country offices.
The UN agency says Doe comes to Ethiopia with “extensive experience” working in development work, particularly around governance, recovery, resilience, policy and planning, and peacebuilding.
Doe previously served as Policy Advisor for the Bureau for Policy and Program Support UNDP (2014-2016), and the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (2011-2014).
Before that, he served as a senior Political Officer for the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka (2010-2011); a development and reconciliation Advisor at the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka (2007-2010); and a Founding Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding.
He was also a founding executive director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding in Accra, Ghana (1998-2004).