UNDAF Malawi 2008 - 2011 - The Building Blocks
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is a five-year programming tool, which aims to strengthen the impact and efficiency in delivery of development activities by the UN.
United Nations in Malawi will contribute to the Government of Malawi’s development objective by supporting investment in Malawi’s primary asset, her people, and by strengthening the management and accountability systems that are needed to ensure that growth benefits every citizen, including women, children, the very poor and the most vulnerable.
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2008 – 2011 provides the context and structure of the UN’s programmes in response to the needs and priorities of Malawi and based on the objectives of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy. The strategy aims to promote economic growth as a means to reduce poverty and aid dependency and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Elaboration of the UNDAF has included a series of consultative sessions to provide an opportunity for the Government, the UN and development partners to define and agree on specific targets and outcomes, in the spirit of the Paris Declaration and in line with recommendations from the High Level Panel on UN Reform as a “One UN” integrated strategy rather than agency based programmes.
Malawi's Minister of Finance Hon. Dr. Goodall Gondwe, and UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Michael Keating during a ceremony to sign off the UNDAF 2008 - 2011. Also in the picture is Ms. Maha Bahamdoun, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Programmes. The United Nations Country Team and government officials were at the event. LILONGWE, 5 February 2007
The five areas of priority or outcomes for the five-year programme plan are a) Sustainable Economic Development and Food Security b) Social Protection and Disaster Reduction c) Social Development relating to health, nutrition, water and sanitation and education d) HIV and AIDS and e) Good Governance.
Human development requires democratic participation, human rights and other forms of empowerment to avoid inequality in economic growth especially by marginalized or vulnerable groups. To achieve this, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity Development are addressed as cross cutting issues.
The priorities reflect areas of the UN’s skills and knowledge to support national ownership, coordination and alignment of assistance behind the MGDS, strengthening and greater use of nationals systems and results based management – measured by improvement in the wellbeing of every Malawian.
This is the third time the UN is preparing UNDAF for Malawi, which meets the objectives of the UN reform process that began in 1997, aimed at enhancing programme collaboration and stronger coherence among UN agencies as well as between the UN and development partners.
The 1997-2000 UNDAF had poverty eradication as its focus, while the 2002-2006 UNDAF focused on poverty reduction, democratic governance, prevention, and mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS among other development challenges.
The Assistance Framework includes specialized and non-resident agencies. It is implemented within the context of one leader (the Resident Coordinator), one budget framework and common services and premises, in close cooperation with other international development partners and national partners and civil society organizations.
The UNDAF delineates areas where the UN can add value to policy dialogue and advocacy or programme implementation including:
- Advocacy for UN core values, including human rights, gender equality, human security and the MDGs
- Normative and technical advisory support, setting standards and ensuring quality control, in addition to providing technical advice according to the agencies’ respective mandates
- Strengthening of national capacity at both central and decentralised levels, particularly strengthening Government capacity to deliver the additional resources
- Support to national scale-up of evidence-based programmes
- Support to national humanitarian response to emergencies
- Bringing the voice of the civil society to the table
- Building partnerships between all stakeholders