The Country Programme Action Plan (2013-2016)
The Government of the Republic of Sudan and UNICEF have signed a new programme cooperation agreement today with a total value of US Dollar 284.38 million for the period 2013-2016. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance and National Economy and the Representative of UNICEF Sudan signed the new Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) at the Ministry today.
The overall goal of the 2013-2016 programme of cooperation is to support a more equitable development for children while also protecting the fundamental rights of all children recovering from the effect of conflict and natural disasters. As part of the equity focus, the country programme is to address key bottlenecks and barriers to the needs of disadvantaged children. These are children living in low performing localities in terms of access to decentralized basic services, in rural areas, in urban slums or in nomadic and internally displaced persons’ communities, children living with disabilities, as well as children affected by conflict.
The country programme will help to achieve the priorities in the Five-year Strategic Plan of Sudan (2012-2016), Interim Poverty Reduction Strategies, and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which comprises four Pillars: (1) Poverty Reduction, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods; (2) Basic Services; (3) Governance and Rule of Law; and (4) Social Cohesion, Peace Consolidation and Peace Dividends. While the new programme will play a key role in the achievement of the basic services UNDAF pillar, it also will contribute to the other three pillars as well, emphasizing a protective environment for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families, and reducing, in particular, disparities among the rural and urban regions of the country as well as between the urban poor and non-poor.
This programme is going to support development in Sudan with a focus on service delivery and advocacy for increased public investment in nutrition, education, health including HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, child protection and adolescents, as well as strengthening systems at the federal and state levels and promoting social mobilization in support of the achievement of results for children. The programme will help increased routine immunization coverage, quality services for an integrated management of childhood illness, support basic and in-service training of midwives, doctors training on Emergency Obstetrics Care and provide essential supplies to ensure skilled birth attendance. The programme will contribute to the reduction of children and women’s mortality and morbidity linked to water and sanitation related diseases, mainly malnutrition, diarrhoea and cholera.
The programme will aim to facilitate improvements in relevant policies and guidelines, as well as implementation of evidence-based high impact nutrition interventions, including infant and young child feeding, maternal nutrition and micro-nutrient supplementation and fortification. The new programme will help establish functional information systems and knowledge generation to systematize data availability. The programme will support increased coverage and improved quality of education, with a specific effort to reach the unreached.