Following months of reviews, stakeholder consultations and validations, the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will this Friday on June 14, 2013 officially sign seven core programmes to mark the start of a new program cycle, 2013-2017.
In this new cycle, UNDP is consolidating its portfolio on fewer but more strategic programmes that are fully aligned with the Vision 2030, the Agenda for Transformation, the UN One Programme and take into consideration UNMIL’s drawdown.
Signing on behalf of the Government of Liberia will be Mr. Amara M. Konneh, Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Planning & Economic Affairs, while the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Aeneas Chuma will sign on behalf of UNDP.
Mr. Chuma is also the Deputy Special Representative, Governance and Recovery at UNMIL as well as the UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia. The event will take place in the Conference Room of the National Elections Commission at 3:00pm.
The new programmes together with their work plans cover the areas of energy and environment; oversight and accountability; private sector development; peace and reconciliation; constitutional reform; decentralization, and; alignment and aid effectiveness through support to the Liberia Development Alliance.
Two other programme components, namely, support to elections as well as justice and security, both already approved and being implemented, bring the total to nine and form the basis of UNDP’s support to the government and people of Liberia over the new programming period.
Since January, UNDP Country Office has been working very closely with the Government and other partners in defining these new programmatic, based on the new Country Programme Document (CPD) for Liberia, which outlines its vision and overarching programme framework, focusing on three pillars, namely, inclusive governance and accountable public institutions; justice, security and reconciliation; and sustainable economic transformation.
The CPD was itself approved by UNDP’s Executive Board in January 2013 in New York and included the participation of the Government of Liberia through its Permanent Mission to the UN.
In rolling out these new programmes, UNDP departs from the past by adopting an implementation approach that vests more authorities, responsibilities and accountabilities on national institutions and, with this, seeks to invest more in strengthening national capacities in order to deliver better development results.