The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Guyana and the Government of Guyana will hold a Mid-Term Review of the Guyana United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the Grand Coastal Inn, commencing at 9:00 am.
The UNDAF is the collective response of United Nations agencies in Guyana to agreed developmental priorities, and covers the period 2012 to 2016. The Mid Term Review examines the first two and a half years of the programme cycle and aims to both determine the status of implementation and propose any reorientations and recommendations for the remainder of UNDAF period.
A Document of the Government of Guyana and the United Nations Country Team - August 10 2011
The UNDAF is a knowledge product of the UNCT and the GoG that is intended to guide the joint and individual technical cooperation of the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes for the period 2012 – 2016. This strategic framework is derived from the analytical examination of national conditions, challenges and national responses contained in the CCA.
This Common Country Assessment (CCA) sets the context for the second United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Guyana, for the period 2012 –2016. It articulates the programmatic and strategic situation on critical aspects of Guyana’s development agenda, to facilitate cooperation between the Government of Guyana (GoG) and the United Nations. For this programming period, the development agenda is driven by national policies, strategies, and plans, such as the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), the Poverty Reduction Strategy II (PRS II), the National Competitiveness Strategy, the National Health Sector Strategy 2008-2012, the Agricultural Development Plan, the Guyana Food and Nutrition Security Strategy, and the Education Sector Plan, and the Stamp It Out program (against sexual and domestic violence), in the framework of the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Outcome 4: National development plans, policies, programmes and legislation (where required) formulated, implemented, monitored, and evaluated to achieve the MDGs, with special attention to key populations at higher risk and the progressive realisation of human rights.
The MDGs are indivisible and complementary. The UNCT and development partners need to work more effectively with international stakeholders to fulfill their commitments to support the attainment of the MDG by 2015 and to fill critical gaps to accelerate progress in achieving the MDGs, rather than shifting focus and resources from one MDG area to another. Recognising that policies and programmes to tackle the multiple dimensions of poverty (i.e. economic, human, socio-cultural, political, protective, gender and environmental) are mutually reinforcing and must go hand in hand with technical and financial support. Progress in one dimension will accelerate progress in others (e.g. by generating public revenues to support social services and infrastructure). Likewise, social protection and empowerment – e.g. of women – can unlock the productivity and entrepreneurship of large numbers of people in ways that significantly boost growth.
Outcome 3: Strengthened public participation, trust, and confidence in national governance institutions, including the five Rights Commissions, the Parliament, and GECOM.
Political inclusion of all groups - women, indigenous people, differently abled, youth and the elderly - is essential to reduce the social and economic inequalities and improve access to services in the society, especially in hinterland regions. Although circumstances differ across the 10 regions, the national authorities face the same challenge everywhere: to create an enabling governance environment that is not only aware of, and responsive to, the needs and interests of the most disadvantaged and marginalised – but that also is willing and able to provide sound, effective remedies to the concerns of these groups , examining the application of the principles of equitable access, participation, accountability, and empowerment in governance arenas, and promoting the use of a human rights-based approach to programming on inclusive governance.