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The Joint Programme for Integral Rural Development in five municipalities of the high basin of the Cuilco river in the San Marcos department (Cuilco JP) will be implemented by FAO, WHO and UNDP with means to apply comprehensive approaches for development that faces the challenge of the complex and multidimensional problems of poverty and inequity, especially in gender relations, in accompaniment of the Governmental Sectorial Institutions for Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) and the Presidential Planning Secretary. The activities of this JP align with the challenges of the K’atun 2032 National Development Plan and the National Policy for Integral Rural Development, promoting an integral development approach centered in the human being and the river’s basin as its immediate territorial surrounding.
The Cuilco JP started on the first of December 2015, and will end on the 30rd of November 2018. The overall budget for this JP is 38 Millions of Swedish Crones, equivalent to approximately US$4,5 Millions.
The JP is based on the appropriation of the countries development priorities and its interventions are people-centered and contextualized to the situations and specific needs of the high Cuilco area. The JP aligns with the K’atun 2032 National Development Plan, the National Integral Rural Development Policy, the National Reparation Plan, the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy, the Family Agriculture and Rural Economy Strengthening Programme (PAFFEC), the Environment protection and improvement Policies, and the Municipality Strengthening Policies.
The JP responds to various UNDAF expected effects, in particular: 1) Rural population in poverty conditions, develop new sustainable economic opportunities in conditions of systemic competitiveness; 2) The Urban and Rural Development Councils System and the corresponding governmental institutions develop coordinately policies and investments that propitiate protection, the responsible use and conservation of natural resources and community resilience to face natural phenomena.
The expected impact of the programme is improved conditions for integral rural development and sustainable management of the natural resources to better adapt to climate change in communities of the high basin of the Cuilco River in the Concepcion Tutuapa, San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Sipacapa, Comitancillo and Tejutla municipalities. The JP will work towards two expected results: 1) Families in infra-subsistent and subsistent living conditions, and community organizations with capacities developed to improve their health, food security, income, family habitat and the community development management, with a risk management approach and improved adaptability towards climate change; 2) Local governments and sectorial institutions with capacities developed to achieve pacific and inclusive governance processes with human rights, risk management and climate change adaptability approaches.
The interagency coordination is an integral modality implemented through a complementary framework. UNDP leads the JP coordination, with SEGEPLAN as government coordination partner. A National Steering Committee (CDN) and Cuilco JP Management Committee (CGP) will be established to achieve co-responsibility in the implementation and execution of the JP activities. Both Committees integrate Government (National, Departmental and Municipal) and participating agencies representatives. Decision making is by consensus.
The National Steering Committee, integrated by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, the Minister of Health, the Planning Secretary and the FAO, WHO and UNDP Country Representatives, or their delegates, provides strategic orientation to the JP, approves the Programme Document, Annual Work Plans, Annual Reports, suggest corrective actions if considered necessary, facilitates institutionalization and replication of best practices, identifies synergies and collaboration with similar and complementary programmes, supports the resource mobilization for community development projects, prioritized in the Municipal Development Plans, articulated with JP funds. This Committee meets ordinarily ones a year.
The Cuilco JP Management Committee integrated by the Mayors of the five participating municipalities, departmental delegates of the three Sectorial Institutions and representatives of the three participating agencies, or their delegates, facilitates the operative coordination in the field, guarantees the execution of the strategic policies and guidelines, the establishment of the base lines and effective monitoring and evaluation of the JP’s progress and the alignment between the actions of the JP with Transitional Justice actions and other programmes actions in the JP work area. This Committee meets twice a year ordinarily.
Funding for the Cuilco JP utilizes a pass-through funding mechanism. Under this modality, Participating UN Organizations agree to channel funds for the Joint Programme through the Administrative Agent. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organizations and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donor(s), as well as for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organizations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organizations and Participating Non-UN Organizations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the donor(s).
The decision making in both Committees is on consensus basis as described in the previous section.
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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