The Government and the United Nations enhance their partnership to the benefit of Zimbabweans

HarareThe Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Zimbabwe signed the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) on 7 April 2011.

The framework aims to support the achievement of national development priorities and of the Millennium Development Goals. The ZUNDAF development process was jointly led by the GoZ and the UNCT, with the participation of key stakeholders, ensuring national ownership and inclusiveness throughout the process. The ZUNDAF, set to be implemented from 2012 to 2015, is the strategic programme framework from which the UNCT identifies synergies to better support Government. From this framework, UN agencies develop their country programmes and action plans together with the Government and Development Partners.

“The ZUNDAF has been developed as a planning instrument that supports coherent UN action in support of national development priorities. There are two key underlying principles that will be critical to the successful implementation of the ZUNDAF: increased effectiveness through UN coherence and stronger partnerships,” said UN Resident Coordinator – Alain Noudehou. “The Government of Zimbabwe remains committed to achieving the MDGs and other development goals that will realise better living standards for Zimbabweans,” highlighted the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda. “That is why today’s signing ceremony is very important to us.”

As such, the ZUNDAF was designed at a strategic level, providing a flexible and responsive framework, and adapting in a holistic manner to emerging issues and challenges. It therefore incorporates principles of recovery and development. Moreover, the ZUNDAF highlights the need to establish and strengthen partnerships, while promoting national ownership of recovery and development processes. Seven priority areas with related outcomes have been identified in the ZUNDAF. These are explicitly linked to national priorities and the Millennium Development Goals:

  1. Good governance for sustainable development: Promoting justice and rule of law; peace building; accountability; and, people’s participation in democratic processes;
  2. Pro-poor sustainable growth and economic development: Promoting economic management and pro-poor development; decent employment opportunities; and, generation and utilization of data;
  3. Food security at household and national level: The main focus is on policy and action frameworks for enabling agricultural productivity and production;
  4. Sound management and use of the environment: Focusing on environment management, energy and climate change policies and systems;
  5. Access to and utilization of quality basic social services for all: The focus is on improved delivery of education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, housing, and social protection services;
  6. Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support;
  7. Women’s empowerment, gender equality and equity: Supporting the establishment of laws, policies and frameworks to ensure women’s empowerment, gender equality and equity.

“Through the official signing of the ZUNDAF, we seek to bring forward and solidify the growing partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe, the United Nations System and Development Partners. As such, we seize this opportunity to enhance our mutual collaboration, and remain committed to further advancing and broadening the scope and spirit of this partnership in Zimbabwe,” the UN Resident Coordinator Alain Noudehou said in his statement on  behalf of the UNCT.

The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet also stressed on the importance of partnerships, stating that through the partnership and cooperation between Government and the UN, he was very optimistic about achieving results for the people of Zimbabwe. “It’s also my sincere hope and trust that the programming thrust of the UNCT will shift from relief to recovery and hence, result in more resources being channelled towards development rather than humanitarian activities, as is currently the case,” said Dr Sibanda. “It must be acknowledged that Zimbabwe is not a classic humanitarian case and as such, some resources being mobilised by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UN-OCHA) under the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) could actually be earmarked for development projects under ZUNDAF.”