Western and Central Africa


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The core functions of the Regional UNDG as defined by the 2008 Oslo Global UNDG meeting are cast in a mandate which constitutes the yard stick for the measurement of the performance and achievements of the R-UNDGs. Under the overall chapeau of policy guidance and strategic leadership, the R-UNDGs are expected to perform four categories of activities- even though what is expected and requested from the Regional Teams today has tremendously expanded beyond the following initial core functions:

  • Provision of coherent technical support in a timely manner to UN-System wide programmes
    and processes
  • Provision of Quality Support and Advice to Country Common Assessment (CCA) and the
    UNDAF process through the Peer Support Group (PSG)
  • Management and oversight including the RCs and UNCTs performance appraisal
  • Country specific support and trouble-shooting in countries in special/difficult context
    including crisis situation.


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1ère réunion UNDG-WCA de 2016

Le Secrétariat UNDG WCA à entamer 2016 en organisant le première réunion des membres du Groupe des Nations Unies pour le Développement pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (GNUD AOC – UNDG WCA) de l’année, tenue à la plateforme Régionale du PNUD pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre.
Cette rencontre entre Directeurs Régionaux à regroupée les représentants des agences et organisations suivantes : FAO, WFP, OIM, OHCHR, UNODC, UNCDF, UNDP, UNIDO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNHCR, secrétariat UNDG WCA, et a été présidée par Mme Anne Thérèse NDONG-JATTA, représentante de l’UNESCO.

La réunion a été l’occasion de discuter les différents points inscrit dans l’agenda de la réunion (ci-joint) notamment concernant la stratégie pour le Sahel, les activités des groupes de Travail mais aussi des activités et mission à venir. Les discussions franches et ouvertes entres les participants, particulièrement sur les aspects de Coordination de l’action du SNU a tous les niveaux, ont ainsi permis de suggérer certaines initiatives et idées d’améliorations qui vont dans ce sens, et qui seront proposées aux parties concernés.

Les participants ont en outre convenu d’échanger les outcomes de cette réunion avec les membres de GNUD pour l’Afrique de l’Est et du Sud, (GNUD AES – UNDG ESA) qui ont eu aussi tenu leurs réunion courant cette semaine. L’objectif étant bien entendu de concerter au maximum l’action de l’UNDG sur le plan Africain, en particulier sur les questions communes et/ou complémentaires.
Les participants se aussi mis d’accord à tenir leurs prochaine réunion en Juin 2016. Cette dernière sera présidée par l’UNODC.

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UNDG-WCA 2016 meetings minutes2016

The UNDG secretariat for Western and Central Africa Capacity Building activities: An asset for UN Country Teams and Governments in the Region

During 2015 second half of the year, the UNDG for Western and Central Africa (UNDG-WCA) Secretariat organized several training workshops  in the Gambia, the Central African Republic (CAR), Côte d’Ivoire and Sao Tome & Principe. They were mainly aimed at UN Program officers and officers from governmental partners, with a focus on the United Nations Development Aid Framework’s (UNDAF) five principles leading to a better understanding and a better implementation of the latter. Depending on country requests and needs, the facilitators gave specific insight on one specific principle, or the five of them.

In the Gambia, 2015 was the year when the national medium term plan and the UNDAF would be developed. As the UN system has to align the UNDAF on government’s priorities and in order to provide the both of them with the same basis in considering these priorities, a workshop was realized beginning of June, so that both parties would be familiar with the five programing principles, and could apply them. The workshop also aimed at providing guidance on policy formulation that complies with the principles. In Total, 45 participants form UN Country Team (UNCT) staff members and from the Gambian government attended the training workshop in Banjul.

Regarding the training workshop in the Central African Republic (CAR) that took place in Bangui, from June 22nd to June 24th, it was especially focusing on capacity reinforcement on the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach, as the country’s UN system was going to carry on a Country Common Assessment (CCA).The workshop was organized to reinforce staff and government counterparts’ skills on RBM approach. During three days, 45 participants were trained on RBM principles, approaches and tools as well as on monitoring and evaluation of the UNDAF.

In Côte d’Ivoire, and after the 2010 post-electoral crisis, the government launched a National Development Plan (in French “Plan National de Développement” or PND).A second PND will cover the 2016-2020 period. For a better alignment of the next UNDAF to the PND II, the UNCT agreed with the government to extend the current UNDAF to 2016, so that the next UNDAF would cover the 2017-2020. The Ivorian government and the UNCT also agreed on implementing the “Delivery as One” reform (DaO) to the next UNDAF. The training workshop was then meant to enable the UNCT as well as the government to apply the five principles − taking into account the newly adopted SDGs – in the UNDAF and PND II formulation processes. 33 participants both from the government and the UNCT attended the workshop in Grand Bassam from September 28th to October 2nd.

Last country but not least to benefit from a training workshop was Sao Tome & Principe. After the UNCT mid-term review was released, and after issuing several planning documents, the government asked the UNCT to prepare a new UNDAF for a better alignment. This one will cover the 2017-2021 period. As the UNCT had already formulated the roadmap and was going to prepare the CCA, a training workshop aimed at UN and government program officers was decided. The workshop was to give the 24 participants better understanding of the 5 principles and their interrelation. It was held from October 5th to October 9th in Sao Tome.

Second UNDG African Regional Workshop for Coordination Officers

UNDG Coordination officers Workshop For the second consecutive time, and after the success of last year’s joint annual workshop held in Ribavu, Rwanda, the UNDG WCA and ESA Secretariats decided to renew the experience by organizing a second joint coordination officers’ workshop. The event was held in the Ghanaian capital city, Accra, in La Palm Royal Beach Hotel from Monday October 26th to Friday, October 30th.

More than 60 participants from all the 56 sub-Saharan Africa’s Resident Coordinator Offices (RCO) attended this year’s annual workshop organized under the theme: “Enhancing capacities to advance knowledge on the Challenges of the Post 2015 Development Agenda Era”. The workshop proved to be as practical as participative in all its 20 sessions, group exercises, role plays and plenary discussions alternated as appropriate. Experience sharing was at the core of the workshop methodology and different challenges and issues for the UNCTs were discussed from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the national context to the role of the coordination officer including humanitarian response and resilience, questions of funding, strategic communication, implementation of the Business Operation Strategy (BOS), career opportunities for coordinator officers, and others like resource mobilization strategy.

In addition to support and facilitation provided by the Regional Coordination Officers of ESA and WCA Secretariats, DOCO Regional Liaison Advisor for Africa as well as by some participants who shared their experience as Coordination Officers, this year workshop was also the opportunity to discover other perspectives brought to the table by various guests from Academia, the private sector, the public sector and from other members of the UN family.

It has to be stressed that until 2014, both Regional UNDGs (ESA & WCA) used to convey separate coordination officers’ annual workshops to support or replace the induction workshop organized by UNDOCO in New York and aimed at RCO staff. UNDG WCA and UNDG ESA Secretariat decided to go one step further to break the silos system by organizing a joint regional workshop. The aim was to reduce the fragmentation of our activities on the continent and ensure more collaboration between both regions and therefore, reflect the oneness of Africa despite the various disparities.

These coordination officers’ regional meetings are organized alternatively by the Secretariats of the Regional UNDGs on behalf of the UNDG-WCA and ESA. This year’s joint meeting held in Accra, Ghana, was organized by UNDG-WCA Secretariat. The next year’s meeting will be organized by UNDG- ESA in a country of Eastern or Southern Africa to be determined.

For more information about the event, please contact:
UNDG-WCA Secretariat : Mensah Aluka, Head of the Secretariat
Email: mensah.aluka(at)undp.org

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Agenda 2nd UNDG African Regional Workshop for Coordination Officers- October 20152015
Evaluation report - 2nd Joint UNDG WCA-ESA coordination workshop. Oct 20152015
Final report 2nd joint annual UNDG ESA-WCA RCO workshop2015

Ebola Response

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Socio-Economic Impact of Ebola Virus Disease in West African Countries2015