Roll-out of the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks and development of common country programme documents
On behalf of CEB, the United Nations Development Group is providing dedicated support to roll-out United Nations Development Frameworks in response to General Assembly resolution 62/208, which encourages the funds, programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations development system to intensify collaboration to achieve more effective use of their expertise, resources and actions towards strengthening national capacities, in accordance with national priorities and development plans.
The United Nations Development Group prepared a comprehensive support package for the United Nations Development Assistance Framework roll-out countries. In 2010, 44 United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks and integrated strategic frameworks were prepared. In addition, the Group and its regional teams supported in-country retreats on the Framework, during which the United Nations country teams gained a clear overview of the programming process, initiated dialogue with national partners regarding the options for country analytical work on major national development challenges and focused on the comparative advantages of the United Nations country team in meeting some of those challenges. Furthermore, some 30 in-country workshops received on-demand technical support on a variety of Framework-related topics.
United Nations country teams are making tangible progress in using the United Nations Development Framework as their main strategic instrument for joint programming at the country level. Some 75 teams have reported that their framework cycles are fully aligned with national cycles and about 100 others have reported that their frameworks are aligned with national priorities as called for by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/208. The simplified framework guidance released in 2009 has proved to offer much greater flexibility for United Nations country teams and empowers them to better align their programming processes to the national development planning cycle and realities and expectations while enhancing coherence and accountability for results. The Framework roll-out countries of 2011 have launched an integrated approach to programme and operations, which is aimed at improving coherence and coordination across business operations and programming opportunities.
In its resolution 64/289, on system-wide coherence, the General Assembly supported the initiative of some countries to use common country programme documents on a voluntary basis. The United Republic of Tanzania became the first country to do so. It presented its common country programme document to the executive boards of UNDP, UNFPA, the United Nations Office for Project Services, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) in February 2011. The approval of the common country programme document for the United Republic of Tanzania followed the existing practice of the respective boards.
In response to General Assembly resolution 62/208, the United Nations Development Group analysed the experiences and lessons learned from the use of common budgetary frameworks, which help United Nations country teams to (a) cost the United Nations Development Assistance Framework on the basis of results to be delivered; (b) project the availability of resources from various sources; and (c) reflect the resulting funding gap, in order to enhance the predictability and transparency of United Nations assistance and support better, more coherent planning, prioritization, monitoring and management of United Nations development assistance resources.