As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen collaboration with civil society, UNICEF is rolling out a revised Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and Small Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA) to be used by Country Offices when partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs). The new Agreements will take effect 1 January 2010.
Civil society partnerships cut across every aspect of UNICEF’s work, helping to bring about results that no organization can achieve independently. The Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships (E/ICEF/2009/10), approved by the Executive Board in June 2009, recommends streamlining relevant business processes, such as the PCA and SSFA, to enhance the quality and impact of civil society partnerships. Senior management responded by commissioning an interdivisional team at HQ to revise procedures for UNICEF’s cooperation with civil society in different country contexts. The review process, which dates back to 2008, benefited from the constructive engagement of CSO partners, who helped to ensure that the revised Agreements responded to diverse operational contexts.
The revised PCA and SSFA are designed to ensure that UNICEF’s civil society partnerships are strategic, results-oriented, and consistent with an agreed set of principles.
Key changes to the PCA and SSFA include:
Taken together, these changes to the PCA and SSFA represent a robust organizational effort to establish mutually beneficial relationships with CSOs, which will contribute to stronger results for children.
Questions about the revised PCA and SSFA should be directed to New York Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about developing partnerships at the Country Office-level with civil society organizations can be found via this link: FAQ document
Guidance on Programme Cooperation Agreement
PCA Documents in French
Résumé des modifications dans le PCA entrant en vigueur en janvier 2010 - présentation PowerPoint
Accord de Programme de cooperation option 2
PCA Documents in Spanish
Acuerdos de cooperación para programas (PCA) y Acuerdos de financiación a pequeña escala (SSFA) de UNICEF con las organizaciones de la sociedad civil - Resumen de los cambios a partir de enero de 2010
Resumen de los cambios en el ACC a partir de enero de 2010 - Presentacion PowerPoint