© UNICEF DPR Korea/2012/Tuya Mungun
UNICEF and World Food Programme staff with health workers and children, outside a kindergarten in Pyongyang during a Child Health Day in 2012.

Partnerships are an essential aspect of UNICEF’s work

In DPRK, UNICEF’s main partner is the Government, with all liaison facilitated by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Major implementation partners are the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of City Management, the Education Commission, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Institute of Child Nutrition and the Grand People's Study House. Specific technical groups have been established to facilitate the coordination, implementation and monitoring of interventions in all sectors. These technical groups (like the child health and nutrition group, maternal health and breastfeeding group, and the anti-epidemic unit) significantly contribute to enhanced service delivery to children and mothers in the most vulnerable areas in DPRK.

UNICEF coordinates the Nutrition, WASH and Education Theme Groups and works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and some international EU-based NGO’s such as Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, Triangle GH, Handicap International, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, and Premiere Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale.

Specifically, UNICEF collaborates with WHO in the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) supported TB & Malaria Programme, the expanded programme on immunization, and projects related to safe motherhood, supply of essential medicines and integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI); with WFP in the management of acute malnutrition; and with UNFPA in projects related to safe motherhood and supply of essential medicines. In addition to the focus on delivering the essential interventions for Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, UNICEF also collaborates with partners for strengthening the health system through capacity building initiatives for procurement and logistics, health information and quality assurance systems.

Key donors for 2012 included:  GFATM, GAVI, AusAid, CIDA, Italian Government, RoK, Sida, UNOCHA, RoK National Committee for UNICEF, German Committee for UNICEF, and US Fund for UNICEF.

Some key partnership highlights

  • In 2012 the Second Phase for the TB and Malaria programme with the CO being the Principal Recipient was agreed with the GFATM for a total of amount of US$ 33.15 million.

  • An important collaborative partnership between Government, UNICEF, WHO and GAVI resulted in the nation-wide introduction of pentavalent vaccine in July 2012, including Government co-financing.

  • In 2012, the UNICEF DPRK CO together with WFP and WHO, supported the Government of DPRK to carry out a National Nutrition Survey.

  • In 2012, UNICEF and UNESCO jointly supported the pilot project on capacity building of six Pedagogical Universities on use of ICT in school education. While UNESCO brought in the technical expertise for the project, UNICEF supported capacity building of key personnel and provision of IT equipment for Universities and schools. 

  • Following the testing of tools for water sector assessment in two counties in DPRK, a new partnership started with the Swiss Development Cooperation to support the Ministry of City Management in further rolling out this assessment in 2013.





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