In line with the UN-reforms and UN-coherence-Delivering as One, UNICEF works with numerous partners such as the host governments, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to implement, monitor and report on equitable programmes to respond to the needs of children's rights in South Asia. This constitutes a unique opportunity to foster synergies and inter-agency collaboration to address the above-described challenges.
We are responsible for results-based planning and management and equity-focused programming in the region. This means timely, quality support and preparation of UNICEF key planning and programming events, quality assurance, maintaining effective knowledge of innovation and oversight of relevant documents in all eight countries in the region, including the Regional Office.
In the context of the UN-reform, UNICEF supports the strengthening of UN inter-agency collaboration through participation in the United Nations Development Group and the Delivering as One approach. We support the United National Sustainable Development Programme Framework and related processes through operationalization of quality and sustainable programmes yielding results for children and young people in the region.
As part of the Skills building and application of Management for Results, in coordination with other UN partners, we have trained 830 staff members and partners including governments and international non-government organizations in the past two years.
UNICEF works endlessly to generate evidence, foster the analysis and use of this evidence to feed in policy dialogue, advocacy, and programming in the region. We support knowledge management and dissemination to ensure access to up-to-date data on children and women in the region. We are responsible for quality assurance, support and overseeing of Multiple Indicators Cluster Surveys, the principal source of data contributing to baselines and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF focuses on understanding the vulnerabilities facing children through conducting child deprivation analysis; including monitoring and reporting of the six regional headline results, strengthening of governments’ data systems across countries, such as civil registration system, administrative data, etc.
We build the capacity of national statistics offices and governments in coordination with SAARC and ESCAP to bridge data gaps at national, sub-national level and generate disaggregated data.