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Uruguay One UN Coherence Fund - Reports
Uruguay One UN Coherence Fund - News
Subsequent to the recommendation of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence, and the nomination of its Government, Uruguay was in 2007 appointed as one of eight countries to be a "Delivering as One UN Pilot Country” for 2007-2010. Currently, Uruguay continues to implement the Delivering as One approach and objectives to ensure more effective development operations and to accelerate progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Additionally, the Delivering as One in Uruguay is a concerted effort by the UN system in the country to deliver in a more coordinated way, in line with national priorities and under the leadership of the Government.
Following an extensive process of participatory consultations and building on the Delivering as One approach, the Government of Uruguay and the UN organizations in Uruguay signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2011-2015 on May 2010 (Spanish version). Subsequently, a new UNDAF Action Plan (UNDAP) was drafted to specify the mechanisms for joint coordination and management as well as the outputs that would be achieved jointly by the UN System in Uruguay. Furthermore, the UNDAP 2011-2015 substitutes the Country Programme Action Plans for UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF. Also, the UNDAF 2011-2015 and its UNDAP are based on both a Human Rights and a Human Development approach.
Originally, the Uruguay One UN Coherence Fund was established for the One UN Programme 2007-2010, and currently, the Government and the Participating UN Organizations in the UNDAF 2011-2015 for Uruguay have agreed to give continuance to this common development fund as a mechanism to support the UNDAF (2011-2015) and its UNDAP. The One UN Coherence Fund is under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, and it supports the coordinated resource mobilization, allocation and disbursement of donor-contributed resources for the unfunded elements of the UNDAF and the UNDAP.
The One UN Coherence Fund will support efforts to meet the following strategic objectives of the UNDAF and UNDAP:
To measure progress, impact and results achieved on these strategic objectives, the UN System in Uruguay has developed a monitoring mechanism which includes the participation of the UNCT Thematic Groups. In turn, regular progress reports will be produced and posted on this website.
The Uruguay One UN Coherence Fund is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.
Need for an Assistance Strategy
Because Uruguay is one of the 104 countries in the world labelled as a "Middle Income Country" - and, within that group, one of the 48 countries labelled as "high-middle income countries"-, it has not enjoyed significant access to donor resources as it is evidenced by the low official development assistance. Nevertheless, over the last four decades, the Uruguayan society has faced serious problems or obstacles to reach higher levels of human development: in particular, to achieve sustained and sustainable economic growth, to reduce the incidence of poverty and inequality in income distribution and to strengthen the quality of its institutions and policies. The fact of being a "high-middle income" country does not imply that Uruguay has assured, in the mid and long term, the human development indicators reached. In fact, progress remains to be made to achieve a sustained and sustainable growth trajectory, or to prevent the dramatic erosion of the social progress previously made as evidenced by the 2003 economic downturn.
The universal principles of the United Nations and its Charter lead us not to exclude any State, not even to consider that there is a "full stop" in terms of development. A country does not "graduate" from development. There are more or less critical or vulnerable situations in different sectors of the economy, society, institutions of the Member States that the international community must cooperate with. The internal challenge is to recover that capacity to approach development with a vision that is compatible with the whole set of values enshrined in our mandate. The need to redefine cooperation involving "middle-income countries" is crucial, as their positive indicators cover borderline situations. Just like Uruguay, such countries have high human development indicators but simultaneously suffer severe structural vulnerabilities in key areas. These vulnerabilities, in addition to domestic imbalances and inequities, require high-level policy advice.
The UNDAF and the UNDAP as an Assistance Strategy
To draft the UNDAF 2011-2015 and the UNDAP, the UN System developed a Common Country Assessment (CCA) of the current conditions in the country within the relevant areas for its development in late 2009. The CCA was based on the available indicators, studies and analyses drafted in the country by the Government, academia or private institutions as well as those provided by the UN System itself. The CCA became the basis for the UN System to define (in conjunction with the Government and according to the value added by the UN System) the strategic priorities that shape the UNDAF and the UNDAP for 2011-2015.
Based on the programmatic harmonization and coherence achieved during the pilot experience of Delivering as One, the UNCT agreed to advance further in the joint programming through the development of the UNDAP, with the objective of making the UNDAF Outcomes operational and contributing to unify the Country Programme Action Plans for UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF into one document. This implied that the UNDAF 2011-2015 maintains a strategic focus in the form of Direct Outcomes which are disaggregated into outputs and key activities in the UNDAP.
The UNDAF and the UNDAP are perfectly aligned with the national priorities established by the Uruguayan Government for 2011-2015. The definition of the priority areas as well as the Direct Outcomes and the Outputs were conducted during the first semester of a new Government taking office. At the same time, the UNDAP was also drafted jointly with Government technical experts while the five-year National Budget was being drafted and debated; this guaranteed that the key outputs developed jointly by the participating UN Organizations (resident and non-resident) are well aligned with the national priorities.
The UNDAF and UNDAP for Uruguay demonstrate that in a "high-middle income" and "high human development" country, the added value of the UN System depends a lot more on its capacity to support the design, execution and evaluation of high-quality public policies to strengthen national capacities, to encourage dialogue among different stakeholders and to promote model experiences in the territory, rather than the financial contribution it can make.
Steering Committee of the UNDAF 2011-2015
UN Resident Coordinator
The Coherence Fund Consultative Committee is integrated by the Director of the OPP, the Resident Coordinator, representatives from the Agencies of the UN System that are not part of the Steering Committee, a representative from each donor country to the initiative, and representatives from civil society (National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations [ANONG, the Spanish acronym], Uruguayan Federation of Cooperatives [CUDECOOP, for its Spanish acronym], and the National Association of Micro and Small Businesses [ANMYPES, for its Spanish acronym]). If the Government, through the OPP, should consider it advisable, relevant Ministries will become part of the Coherence Fund Consultative Committee as permanent members or ad hoc. The Consultative Committee may invite other representatives from other sectors of society, such as academia, foundations, private sector, or trade unions.
To be eligible, projects need to meet the following criteria:
Proposal Review & Approval Process
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.
Funds with Administrative Agent
Funds with Participating Organizations
For Policy and Programme Issues
United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, Javier Barrios Amorín 870 piso 3; Montevideo, Uruguay; Telephone: +598 2 412 33 56 - 59; Fax: +598 2 412 33 60; Website: www.onu.org.uy
For Administrative Agent Issues
United Nations Development Programme, Javier Barrios Amorín 870 piso 2, Montevideo, Uruguay; Telephone: +598 2 412 33 56 - 59, Fax: +598 2 412 33 60, Website:www.undp.org.uy