UNDP in Tanzania
In Tanzania, UNDP as an impartial and trusted partner of Government is uniquely positioned to inﬂuence the outcomes of a myriad of challenging, but necessary reforms designed to promote broadbased pro-poor economic growth with prospects for signiﬁcant and sustained impact on poverty reduction. As an impartial broker and leveraging on its convening power, UNDP also helps facilitate the views of civil society and the private sector and plays a crucial role in aid coordination to promote increased aid effectiveness.
In recognition of the need for effective development management for poverty reduction, UNDP Tanzania continually provides policy advisory support at the ‘up-stream’ policy level while maintaining catalytic support at ‘grassroot’ community level. UNDP’s direct support at pilot ‘downstream’ community level interventions serves to inform its advisory support provided at the upstream policy level. UNDP’s Programme in Tanzania aims to combine the best aspects of both its up-stream policy advice and grassroots support to the poorest communities to promote synergies and maximize the impact of its development assistance to the Tanzanian people.
As the UN’s development arm, UNDP is regarded as a trusted partner and impartial facilitator by local stakeholders, including Government, civil society, local communities, the private sector and other development partners. This forms the basis for UNDP’s comparative advantage in strengthening national capacity to both ‘own’ and ‘lead’ the development agenda.
The speciﬁc focus of UNDP’s work in Tanzania (both Mainland and Zanzibar) is identiﬁed through a process of consultation with national stakeholders as well as with reference to its global mandate and comparative advantages in Tanzania. UNDP’s current programme in Tanzania focuses on four practice areas:
HIV/AIDS, Gender and Information, Communication Technology (ICT) are mainstreamed across all of these four practice areas.
Over the period 2007 to 2010, UNDP support has been provided in the context of the ongoing UN reform with a view to providing a joint response by the UN country team that seeks to promote sustainable human development and the achievement of the MDGs in Tanzania. The Country Programme (CP) responds to the Report of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence, by deepening ongoing efforts to work more effectively as a UN system at the country level through achieving policy coherence and ‘delivering as one’ in terms of programme implementation.
Building on its role in promoting democratic governance for poverty eradication, inclusive growth and sustainable development, UNDP continues to partner with the government and contribute to a collective response by development partners through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and Joint Programme Documents in support of Tanzania’s MDG based national development strategies, MKUKUTA for mainland Tanzania and MKUZA for Zanzibar. The implementation of the CP is carried out in close collaboration with other UN agencies through joint programmes in selected areas including in human security, human rights, HIV and AIDS, income poverty, environment, capacity development and Zanzibar.
For 2011-2015, the UN in Tanzania has developed a single business plan: the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP). The UNDAP captures the entire range of activities supported by the UN system in Tanzania. It will replace the current UNDAF and agency specific country programme planning documents.
The UNDAP builds on the lessons learnt from previous planning exercises in Tanzania and the experiences of the Delivering as One pilot countries. It will reduce duplication in planning requirements for UN agencies and partners, ensure consistency and provide a more collective and coherent strategic response by the UN system to the national priorities articulated in MKUKUTA and MKUZA (Zanzibar PRS) 2010-15.
The UNDAP is based on a results based planning Model with Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound (SMART) Outcomes and Outputs, together with Key Actions. It articulates, in greater detail than ever before, the precise contribution of the UN system to Tanzania’s national development priorities and international commitments, thereby enhancing transparency and accountability to both Government and Development Partners.
The UNDAP is the result of collaboration by representatives of the Governments of Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, Resident UN Agencies, Non-Resident UN Agencies, Civil Society and Development Partners in Tanzania. Responsibility for delivery of UNDAP Results is shared amongst UN agencies with national partners. Key Actions clearly articulate the division of labour across single agencies. The agency responsible for the Key Action will also be accountable for the application of relevant cross cutting considerations such as gender mainstreaming, environmental sustainability, human rights and capacity development.
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