The UN in Malawi launches the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012-2016
On 24th October 2011, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Malawi for the period 2012-2016 was launched in Lilongwe by the Deputy Minister of Finance and Development Planning Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda. The launch was attended by members of the Country Team and invited guests from the government, diplomatic community, civil society organizations, and the media.
The UNDAF responds to national priorities as spelt out in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II and builds on the achievements of and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 UNDAF.
In his brief remarks, Honourable Mwalwanda thanked the UN for the assistance it continues to render to the Government of Malawi in its development programmes. Being a former UN employee himself, Hon Mwalwanda observed that in “Delivering as One”, the UN had travelled a long way from the days when every agency wanted to push through its own individual programme thereby over-stretching the capacities of the government. He said through the UNDAF, the UN agencies will complement the government’s priorities.
“The UNDAF reaffirms our shared commitment to maximize impact based on the comparative advantages of the UN.”
UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi Richard Dictus said the UNDAF spells out areas of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy that the UN agencies in the country will support during the five-year period.
“It is anchored in the spirit of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which calls for national leadership and ownership of the development agenda. The UNDAF is a powerful example of how the UN agencies can come together to collectively align their programmes with priorities of the government,” he said.
Dictus said the UNDAF does not seek to address all development challenges that Malawi faces but rather it focuses on those areas where the UN has a comparative advantage and a proven track record of adding value.
The UNDAF contains four key priority areas that the UN will support: Sustainable and Equitable Economic Growth and Food Security; Equitable and Quality Basic Social and Protection Service; National Response to HIV and AIDS; and Governance and Human Rights. During the launch, the conveners of each of these clusters gave a broad outline of the key goals, intended outcomes, and estimated budgets for each of their clusters.