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Enhancing national ownership of trade-related assistance in UN country-level development plans - pilot project

Background:

This project will be implemented hand-in-hand with project S of the 7th tranche of the Development Account and should therefore be read in conjunction with the project document of project S. The duration of this project will be three years, and will be closely coordinated with activities of project S.

Building on the experience acquired and lessons learned during the implementation of project S , this project aims at extending the geographic scope of project S to an additional three countries by supporting three additional national governments , as well as other national stakeholders, in the preparation of joint operations on trade-related issues among the UN entities that are part of the UN-CEB Cluster (see below), including the World Bank and the IMF, as required.

As a contribution to the UN system-wide coherence process, UNCTAD leads the CEB inter-agency thematic cluster on trade and productive capacity (hereafter the Cluster), launched in April 2007 and endorsed by the CEB in October 2007. This Cluster includes UNDP, UNIDO, FAO, WTO, ITC, UNEP, UNOPS and the five UN Regional Commissions. Its main aim is to coordinate joint operations at the country level within the One UN and UN country assistance plans regarding trade-related assistance . The Cluster is involved, through different levels, in the development of UNDAFs and other development plans in the eight One UN Pilot Countries, as well as in several "self-starter" countries, that - following the example of the pilot countries - have decided to adopt the One UN approach.

This pilot project intends to provide the basis for similar projects in other countries and/or to follow up and intensify activities in project S target countries. The logical framework of this project will be similar to project S' logical framework, but will be focused on national rather than regional activities

UNCTAD will act as lead agency of this project, in close coordination with all the agencies of the UN-CEB Cluster.

Objective:

To increase the policy coherence between the international economic environment and the domestic development goals and interlinkages between trade and the sectoral components of the national development plan.

Expected accomplishments:

  • Increased ownership and participation of national governments and other stakeholders in the formulation of the UNDAF in the area of trade and productive sectors.
  • Improved knowledge management, better utilisation and improved coordination of UN expertise in the area of trade-related assistance by national authorities, stakeholders and donors.
  • Improved policy and operational coherence among relevant UN entities and donor community providing development assistance on trade and productive sectors to the least developed and land-locked developing countries, especially by better aligning with the EIF and PRSPs

Implementation status:

In 2012 the training material for the planned workshops, which was prepared in the context of project S7, was adapted and translated into Spanish, as planned. This material will be used during the regional workshop for Latin America, which will be held in 2013.

Furthermore, the online course was successfully held from October 22 to November 30, 2012. Over 130 participants from all over the world (mainly Government officials) took part in the course. At this moment we are still waiting for the final evaluation report but the preliminary feedback has been very encouraging and the organization of a second online course in 2013 is therefore being envisaged.