Preparation of a UNDG Guidance Note on UNCT Engagement in the Changing Aid Environment

Client: United Nations Development Group/ UNOPS/ UNFPA

Dates: January – March 2009

National ownership and leadership, including responsibility for coordination of external assistance, are key principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness that have always been central to the UN-system’s operational activities for development. Therefore, the Paris Declaration was wholeheartedly adopted by the UN and officially welcomed by its member states in the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document.  As a signatory to the Declaration, the UN advocates for country ownership, coherence and alignment with country priorities and systems, harmonization among donors, results based management and mutual accountability between donors, the UN and countries.

The objective of this consultancy by MannionDaniels was to develop a UNDG-Guidance Note on UNCT Engagement in the Changing Aid Environment, providing UNCTs with practical guidance to reposition their work on key programmatic issues such as:

  • Aid instruments and funding modalities
  • Aid management systems and mutual accountability
  • Collaboration with non-state actors
  • National reporting and national Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) systems
  • Staffing and human resource management at the UN

The consultancy was carried out by David Daniels, whose work included:

  • Interviewing representatives from UN agencies at HQ and country level in both Washington and Geneva
  • Drafting the Guidance Note in consultation with UNDG Working Group on Aid Effectiveness
  • Facilitating the workshop ‘From Paris to Accra’ in Glen Cove, Washington, where the draft was discussed and recommendations made for the final version
  • Revisions and inputs to final Guidance Note

Read the Guidance Note here or the ‘From Paris to Accra and Beyond‘ workshop report.

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