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The Joint Programme addresses gender inequality in a coherent and comprehensive manner, covering a wide range of issues, such as political and economic empowerment of women, reducing violence against women and girls and promotion of women’s sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Therefore, it is mandatory to pool together and unify efforts of UN agencies in order to pave the way for a more effective response to the truly complex and multifaceted problem in the country. Consequently, the Joint Programming modality is the most effective approach to build on and complement the mandates, capacities, experience and expertise of each agency (UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA), and thus tackle an overly complex issue in Georgian society.
The overall goal of the project is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment by means of strengthening capacities of government at both central and local levels and across the executive, legislative and judicial branches, engaging civil society and raising public awareness about gender equality. This ambitious goal will be achieved by realization of the following outcomes:
The geographic area for the Joint Programme covers Tbilisi, Kakheti and Samegrelo Regions. The activities will be implemented in partnership with the Government, local authorities and CSOs, including women organizations.
The project has a holistic approach by simultaneously targeting three interrelated levels (national, local and grassroots) and applying multi-tiered programming approaches:
The UNJP is fully aligned with national priorities in the area of gender equality and the stated goals and priority areas of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Georgia (2010-15) and UN Partnership Framework (2016-2020), as well as the Results Strategy for Sweden’s Reform Cooperation with Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey (2014 – 2020).
A human rights-based approach will be at the heart of the programme while developing capacities and opportunities for both duty-bearers and rights-holders. The programme will strengthen the capacity of duty bearers, i.e. central and local government institutions to effectively fulfil their obligations and increase accountability as well as supporting rights holders to effectively claim their rights. All programme activities will be based and will apply universal human rights principles such as: equality and non-discrimination, participation and inclusion, accountability and rule of law.
Ensuring sustainability of the achieved results will remain at the heart of the programme and will be strongly emphasised over its entire duration.
The programme will be jointly implemented by UNFPA, UN Women and UNDP. UNDP will continue to serve as the Administrative Agent of the programme while UN Women will serve as the Convening Agent. The Programme Management Unit will be recruited comprised of programme managers for each programme component, supported by Administrative/Finance Assistants and Drivers/Logisticians.
A Programme Steering Committee is established with the participation of senior personnel of all signatories to the joint programme document with similar level of decision-making authority including representatives of the three UN participating agencies and national coordinating authorities. Swedish Government is invited to join the Steering Committee with an observer’s status. The main role of the Steering Committee is to provide strategic guidance for programme implementation, approve programme annual work plans, including annual targets for the results framework and review progress against set targets. The programme steering committee, co-chaired by UN Resident Coordinator and the Chair of the Parliamentary Council for Gender Equality meets at least once a year, in the first quarter of each calendar year.
The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations.
UN Women will serve as the Convening Agency (CA) accountable for coordination of joint programmatic activities and narrative reporting to the AA. The CA is responsible for programmatic coordination of UNJP joint components and for preparation of annual and final consolidated narrative progress reports based on the reports submitted by each participating UN organization. The CA provides those consolidated reports to the Administrative Agent for further submission to the donor.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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