Integrating Accountability to Affected People into Country Office Planning Cycles

Summary guidelines


UNICEF has made Accountability to Affected People (AAP) a priority in its Strategic Plan 2018– 2021. In May 2018, UNICEF adopted an institutional strategy and action plan for scaling up AAP. Its scope covers the whole organization at country, regional and global levels. It is based on two fundamental premises: first, progress will be achieved only through a systematic and coherent organization-wide approach that is embedded in existing organizational processes and systems; second, AAP must not be a stand-alone concept but rather be an integral part of good quality programming in development and humanitarian situations alike.

However, despite broad support for AAP across the organization, external reviews, evaluations and consultations show that AAP is not yet well understood or well-integrated into country office planning processes and programming. Accordingly, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) has prepared these summary AAP guidelines and associated checklists (please see Annex), to support country offices to integrate key AAP principles into the country programme planning cycle.

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