Capital Quito
Population 14.5 million
Life Expectancy 75.3
Access to clean water 95%
Adult literacy 91%
Under five mortality 20.9 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $7,500

    MDG-F Case Study Evaluation

  • This evaluation is a knowledge-generating exercise whose goal is to: 1) Assess the MDG-F's contribution, at national level, to the achievement of the MDGs, the principles of the Paris Declaration and the UN reform initiative to “Deliver as One”; 2) Identify best practices and lessons learned in order to inform future joint programming for development; and 3) Connect local level programme interventions with national level policy-making processes by highlighting successful pilot initiatives with the potential for replication and scale-up.

    Ecuador_Country Final Evaluation.pdf (1.73 MB)
  • Country Fact Sheet

  • This Fact Sheet summarizes the key achievements of the Joint Programmes in Ecuador.

    Ecuador Joint Programmes Fact Sheet.pdf (259 KB)

Our Joint Programmes

Governance in the water and sanitation sector in Ecuador within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals
The coverage and quality of water and sanitation services was below the national average in some poor regions of Ecuador where the Joint Programme operated, with large gaps in the coverage and services between rural and urban areas. The programme contributed to the development of democratic governance of Ecuador's water and sanitation services, focusing on integrated water resources management and social, land and gender equality.
Conservation and Sustainable Management of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve
This Joint Programme's goal was to support the conservation and management of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve (YBR), one of the world’s greatest areas of biodiversity, and a national priority for Ecuador. The programme focused on implementing community-based economic alternatives for the most vulnerable populations, and on initiatives to deal with climate change through adaptation and the non-emission of greenhouse gases.
Youth, Employment, Migration – Reducing Inequalities in Ecuador
Ecuadorian youth between 15 and 29 account for around one quarter of the population, an age group marked by high levels of underemployment and unemployment, as well as precarious working conditions, which, together with other factors, encourage migration. This Joint Programme improved opportunities for youth experiencing social, economic, gender, land and cultural inequities by fostering decent employment and economic enterprises.
Development and Cultural Diversity to reduce Poverty and promote Social Inclusion
As a result of their culture or ethnicity, many minorities and disadvantaged populations in Ecuador suffer discrimination and social exclusion, and their rights and opportunities for education, health and agricultural production are severely neglected. The Joint Programme promoted the revaluation of culture, inclusion and intercultural dialogue as a means to reduce this discrimination and to break the cycle of poverty affecting these groups. 


UN and Ecuador widen plan to save Yasuní forest in Amazon

UNDP launches initiative to accept donations of all sizes to its trust fund to preserve one of the world's most bio-diverse areas.



Ecuadorian students learn about Water and Life

The MDG-F is raising awareness among students in rural farming communities about the importance of caring for the environment, especially water.


Bridging racial barriers with words

Black, indigenous and mestiza women writers from across Latin America gather at an MDG-F-supported symposium to give a voice to "invisible" people.


The Recyclers of Orellana, safeguarding the environment and building livelihoods

The MDG-F is to helping to promote recycling and create jobs in Ecuador’s Amazon basin.


Endangered turtles find new allies in Ecuador’s Amazon basin

Once a prized local delicacy, Ecuador’s Charapas turtles are being protected through an MDG-F-financed programme to conserve the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.


Winter Solstice and Water Culture

On December 21, 2010, the forum "Winter Solstice and Water Culture" was held in Ecuador. This event is part of the participatory construction of a sector agenda through the "Water Dialogues" a process led by the National Secretariat for Water.