UN Botswana Presents Country Programme Documents to Development Partners

Jan 25, 2017

The United Nations (UN) Botswana hosted a meeting to present the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Country Programme Documents (CPD) to development partners. The aim of the meeting was to share and discuss the content of the various CPD’s that will shape the work of the named Agencies for the next five years. As the UN Botswana Agencies are expected to present their CPD’s for approval in New York in late January and February to their Executive Boards (compromising of Member States), the meeting presented an opportunity to inform development partners (whose countries are represented on the Executive Boards), on the issues that will be raised in New York.

Speaking at the gathering, the UN Resident Coordinator, Jacinta Barrins emphasized the UN’s commitment to supporting the Government of Botswana (GoB) in the areas it has indicated as needing assistance. “Each Agency’s CPD compliments the Botswana United Nations Sustainable Development Framework, an overarching Framework that was launched late last year and outlines the partnership between the GoB and the UN for the next five years,” stated Jacinta.

The Framework that is informed by Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Goals, Vision 2036 and NDP 11 focuses on supporting the government on a) the development of inclusive policies and programmes b) overcoming bottlenecks that impede policy implementation and c) enhancing collection, analysis and utilization of data and strategic information.

At Agency level and as outlines in the CPD’s – UNICEF will support the UNSDF outcomes by prioritizing a) child poverty, b) adolescents and HIV and c) programme effectiveness. UNFPA will focus on a) sexual and reproductive health services, b) adolescents and youth and programme management and c) monitoring and evaluation while UNDP focuses on policy and programme design b) implementation of policies and programmes and c) data for planning, monitoring, evaluation and decision-making.

From the discussion that followed after the presentations, it was clear that there was more room for collaboration between the UN and development partners in supporting the government’s work. HIV/AIDS emerged as the biggest cross-cutting issue that the UN and development partners will explore in the coming months.