5 July 2011: UNICEF joins other agencies in signing the first UN Development Assistance Plan
Action for children strongly reflected
By Sara Cameron
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 5 July 2011 – A breakthrough in United Nations cooperation has taken place in Tanzania as Ramadhani Khijjah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance in the United Republic of Tanzania, and Alberic Kacou, the UN Resident Coordinator, led the signing of the first United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP).
The Plan, covering the period 2011-2015, outlines the areas where all the UN agencies will work together to support the priorities of the government as outlined in the National Poverty Reduction Strategies of Mainland Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar.
The plan aligns the work of the UN agencies around 10 programmes including Health and Nutrition, Education, Social Protection, HIV and AIDS, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Emergencies, Governance, Economic Growth, Environment and Refugees.
UNICEF Representative in Tanzania Dorothy Rozga joined other UN Heads of Agency at the signing ceremony which was witnessed by Irish Ambassador Lorcan Fullam on behalf of the Development Partners Group.
Tanzania is one of eight pilot countries for UN reform, also reformed to as "One UN" and "Delivering as One" (the others are Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uruguay, and Viet Nam), who are testing approaches to enable the UN family to deliver in a more coordinated way at country level.
The reform aims to ensure more efficient and effective development operations – with one programme, one budgetary framework and an enhanced role for the UN Resident Coordinator – while also building on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family.
The Tanzania UNDAP represents a significant step forward because it fully integrates the work of all the agencies in a single business plan. The plan was developed through an extensive consultation process with government, civil society and development partners, and has resulted in a clearly defined set of accountabilities for each agency.
UNICEF is the largest agency represented in the UNDAP, responsible for delivering about 20 per cent of UN assistance to Tanzania overall. With activities spanning 8 of the 10 programme working groups, UNICEF leads in WASH and Social Protection, which includes child protection.
The extensive participation of UNICEF staff in the UNDAP planning process means that action for children, especially those who are most vulnerable, is strongly reflected throughout the plan, not only in UNICEF’s work but also in the activities of many other UN agencies.
“UNICEF made a major contribution to the development of the UNDAP,” said Ms. Rozga following the launch. “We not only brought rich multi-sectoral experience, we provided the technical guidance for the development of the UNDAP, ensuring this was rooted in strong human rights and results-based programming.
She added: “UNICEF also created the ground-breaking web-based system that allows all the UN agencies to collectively plan and ultimately to monitor their contributions to Tanzania’s development.”