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The Armed Violence Prevention Programme (AVPP) is a UN multi-agency programme that will contribute to a more coherent and evidence guided approach to armed violence and its prevention.  It was initiated in 2006 as a global UN inter-agency Armed Violence Prevention Programme, and now been expanded to include UNDP, UNICEF, UNHABITAT, UNODA, UNODC, and WHO.  The phase 2 of the AVPP will continue and follow-up country level activities from AVPP phase 1, while also introducing new countries for programming.  A key aspect of each country-level programme is that they are evidence-based and, as such, ensuring that the unique needs and experiences of men, women, boys, and girls are considered.  The AVPP's programmatic focus is on those forms of armed violence prevalent at the inter-personal, community, and national levels which are not mass-based or institutional in nature.

The above-mentioned Joint Programmes is using pass-through fund management mechanisms, and are administered by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office (MDTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.  


Assistance Strategy

Armed violence at different levels, not only collective violence and armed conflict, but also at the inter-personal and communicty levels, is a major threat to peace and security, human rights, and imposes a substantial burden on the development prospects of individuals and many countries. 

The general objective of the AVPP is to promote effective armed violence prevention and response founded on a clear understanding of the dynamics and impacts of armed violence and the contexts in which it thrives, as well as best practices generated from violence reduction and prevention initiatives to date.  The specific objectives of Phase 2 of the AVPP are:

1. To promote the development of policy guidance, strategies and effective partnerships on armed violence prevention at the global and regional levels, and the integration of armed violence prevention into development cooperation frameworks and mechanisms;

2. To contribute to strengthening national capacities to address armed violence including strengthened data collection and monitoring mechanisms, and to formulate and implement evidence-based armed violence prevention policies, strategies and programmes; and

3. To promote a methodologically rigorous approach to, and undertake several evaluations of, violence prevention programmes.

The promotion of peace and security is at the core of the UN's mandate. Due to the multisectoral and crosscutting nature of armed violence prevention, several participating UN organizations have come together in this Joint Programme.  coordinating efforts and developing joint responses, each agency can add value to the programme, with liaising with key actors including national actors (e.g. governments and civil society), regional actors, international actors, and donors / development partners.


Governance and Decision Making

the AVPP will establish effective management and co-ordination mechanisms at the global (HQ) and country levels.

Headquarters Level Coordination:

The Armed Violence Prevention Steering Committee (AVPSC) will be established as the decision-making body of the AVPP with responsibility for the strategic orientation and the implementation of the programme.  AVPSC will be constituted from the representatives from participating UN organizations, and headed by a chairperson.  Also at the global level, an Inter-Agency Working Group will be established from the programme's implementation focal points from each of the participating UN organizations to guide the implementation of the programme and to review progress.  UNDP Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery will serve as the Lead Agency of this Joint Programme.

Country Level Coordination:

At the country level, an inter-agency collaboration mechanisms (such as working groups) will be established, under the direction and leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator.  It will be responsible for ensuring a comprehensive mapping of each organization's AVPP activities, resources and capacities in order to inform the scope and modalities for joint programming.

Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the AVPP. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations.  The Administrative Agent is also responsible for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organisations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organisations and Non-UN Participating Organisations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the donor(s).


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