Partnerships in action: UNDP Hosts Partners Consultation Conference on its New Country Programme 2016-2021.

Dec 16, 2015

UNDP Country Director, Ms. Awa Dabo, giving opening remarks during the Partners Consultation Conference held at the Golden Tulip Hotel on 11th December 2015.

UNDP hosted a partners’ consultation on 10-11 December attended by 100 Tanzanian government, donor countries, UN agencies, ADB and the WB, civil society and private sector representatives.  The objective was to discuss and refine UNDP’s proposed strategy and approach for its next five-year Country Programme, as envisaged in its new Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016-2021, developed in alignment with national development priorities, the United Nations Development Assistance Plan 2016-2021 (UNDAP II) and UNDP’s global Strategic Plan (2014/17). 

The consultation was structured around three sessions, each dedicated to a thematic focus area under UNDP’s CPD 2016-2021: inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods; democratic governance; and environment and climate resilience. 

The discussions provided a unique opportunity for UNDP and key stakeholders to take stock of achievements and lessons of the past and to pinpoint the main risks, challenges, and opportunities for consideration as UNDP moves forward with the design and formulation of projects under its CPD 2016-2021 and UNDAPII.  Of particular importance will be the new priorities and entry points of Tanzania’s new leadership and government, as highlighted by Prof. Adolf Mkenda, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, in the first panel discussion on “inclusive growth”: 

These discussions are quite timely, especially because the Government is in the process of consulting and reflecting on its new five year development plan, which will have the broad theme of industrialization as well as the domestication of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Inclusive growth is key as economic growth in Tanzania has not benefitted the poor. We are delighted that this has been recognized by UNDP and wishes to address this through its new country programme. The new country programme has highlighted two key challenges which the government has identified as priorities, i.e. youth unemployment and low productivity in the agricultural sector.  We look forward to further consultations on implementing the government’s development priorities in partnership with UNDP and other partners.’

The consultations also marked the first time that UNDP Tanzania has engaged existing and potential partners so early in the country programme cycle – signalling a sea-change in UNDP’s external engagement approach.  As Country Director Ms Awa Dabo noted in her opening remarks:

President Magufuli has highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization and in building enhanced partnerships for sustainable development. . . .  When we in UNDP have talked about partnerships in the past, we have usually meant funding – for ourselves and other agencies.  Today, we are building partnerships on shared values and ideas across a much broader group of stakeholders, and this begins by engaging with you, our partners, at the strategy level – bringing you into the thinking process, rather than after our programmes are already developed.

Key themes raised by partners in all three sessions included: leveraging the necessary interconnections and synergies between inclusive growth, governance, environment and resilience work; supporting national coordination, data and analytics, and accountability efforts; empowering rural smallholders and communities as the majority stakeholders at the front line of industrialization, environmental sustainability, and poverty reduction efforts in Tanzania; promoting strong public-private partnerships as the foundation for delivering on sustainable development in an environment of declining aid flows. 

The outcomes of the discussion are now feeding into the development of a set of programme strategy notes covering the three CPD focus areas.  The notes will “make the case” for UNDP’s niche and value added in relation to national priorities and the next FYDP; articulate the basic logic (“theory of change”) behind UNDP’s overall package of support over the next five years; highlight the key sub-elements of UNDP’s package of support and expected headline results; explain key features of UNDP’s approach in relation to targeting and partnerships to support scaled up results, quality data and analytics, and mutual accountability. 

The notes will support continued communication and dialogue with partners as UNDP begins project design and formulation in the New Year, with the aim of securing Government approval in time to initiate implementation by the formal start date of UNDP’s next programme cycle on 1 July 2016. 

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