Country Programme Action Plan 2013-2017
Government of India and the United Nations Children’s Fund
The CPAP document is a culmination of months of joint efforts and consultations between UNICEF, government counterparts across several ministries and departments. I would like to take a moment here to acknowledge the role of our nodal Ministry - Ministry of Women and Child Development, in providing key inputs to our Country Programme Document, which was approved by the Executive Board in September 2012.
Based on the broad strokes of our new country programme as outlined in the Country Programme Document, we have developed the CPAP. It details our programmatic objectives and strategies of the programme of cooperation with the Government which aims to be:
• Relevant to the rapidly changing context in India, and what added value UNICEF can bring;
• Aligned to national priorities as enshrined in the Government’s 12th Five Year Plan Approach Paper on “Faster, Sustainable and More Inclusive Growth”;
• Convergent in its approach: so that all programmes work together to achieve outcomes for children and women throughout their life cycle;
• Effective and equitable by taking informed decisions so as to reach the most marginalised and the vulnerable.
The life cycle approach is the core principle of the Country Programme 2013-2017. This is based on the acknowledgement that children and women face multiple deprivations at different stages of their life and that multi-dimensional problems need multi-pronged, inter-sectoral solutions.
Take the example of a woman in India. Our vision for India is one where every woman is empowered to make positive decisions for themselves and their children. Healthy, well-informed mothers give birth to healthy wellnourished children, children who have the potential to grow and develop to their fullest potential, learn in a nurturing and protected environment, and become productive and empowered citizens that can transform India.
The empowerment and participation of adolescent girls and boys is one of the key outcomes of the 2013-2017 programme of cooperation. Through this, adolescents will know their rights and how to protect themselves from risks and vulnerabilities, and duty bearers will have capacity and knowledge to create protective environment free from gender-based violence.
The geographical scope will cover three typologies of states: states with full programming, states with selected programming and states with selected programming where we do not have a physical presence. This is in recognition of the fact that to be elevant and effective; and taking into consideration the diversity of state contexts in terms capacities and indicators - our programming content and strategies needs to differentiated and adaptive to suit these diverse contexts.
This is the essence of the new Country Programme. It has been formulated within the context of 12th Five Year Plan and the United Nations Development Action Framework, and aims to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Building on over sixty years of collaboration, UNICEF will continue to be an active partner of the Government in striving to achieve children’s rights in India.