The Mehwar Centre for the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Familiesu201d project was initiated in 2004 with the goal to provide support and safety to victims and survivors of violence through the first national specialized anti-violence centre in Palestine and it has been executed and technically supported by UN Women since 2008,withfunding by the Government of Italy until2012 and the Government of Iceland since 2013.
The Center has been established as a pilot in close cooperation with the Palestinian Government, local and international NGOs and the civil society in compliance with human-right based standards and policies for protection of women and children victims and survivors of violence. The project addresses the phenomenon of violence against women holistically by focusing on prevention of violence through community sensitization, as well as protection and social re-integration of victims and survivors of violence. It also advocates for the adoption of national laws, policies and mechanisms ensuring women`s victims the right to live in safety and dignity, while ending impunity for perpetrators of violence.
Since 2011 and benefitting from UN Women support in the institutionalization of Mehwar experience, the Mehwar Centre has been recognized by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Palestinian Authority more broadly, as a national model for the development of standards of sheltering services for women across Palestine, besides serving as a base for the specialization of other sectors - including judicial and security sectors and legislative bodies - in addressing violence against women. Thanks to UN Women core funds, the Mehwar Centre has also established the first victim-based comprehensive data collection system on violence against women.
The Mehwar Centre is run by 22 highly trained professionals, it operates under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and provides a protected shelter for up to 35 women and their children together with social and legal counseling psychosocial support, health care, and legal representation in courts. Additionally the Mehwar Centre provides social and legal support services to families in distress, outreach and community sensitization programmes, including a nursery and a gym for children and women of the community. Mehwar team was awarded with the Human Rights Defender Price (2010) by the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Since its opening, 304 women and 69 children victims and survivors of violence and under life threat were protected and empowered while sheltered and 267 sheltered women were reintegrated into the society through multi-stakeholder supported plans. 230 sheltered women and 109 women from outreach cases received legal counseling and about 1,430 family members benefited from Mehwar`s social and legal counseling. About 135 sheltered women benefited from vocational training opportunities with 56 training courses (nursing, medical secretariat, sewing and fashion design, hair dressing, jewelry design and handicraft, computer skills, English) and 49 women sheltered in Mehwar were provided job opportunities; 19 sheltered women who studied and worked outside the Centre benefited from a peer group support.
Owing to Mehwar the followings have been achieved:
1. A mechanism for the protection and reintegration of women, girls, and children victims of violence and under life-threat;
2. The recognition and promotion of Palestinian women and children human rights within the community;
3. Human rights-based standards and policies applied to anti-violence centers across Palestine
4. Government engagement in the fight against VAWG, validating and supporting provision of specialized anti-violence services, and translation of CEDAW principles into national strategies, policies and mechanisms;
5. Engagement of families of VAWG victims as women`s protection actors and empowerment advocates
UN Women/Mehwar Centre publications (in Arabic and English): 1) Evaluation of Policies and Procedures (2011); Good Practice for Recruiting Anti-violence Centre Personnel (2012); 3) Women Agents of Change (Mehwar experience 2008-2012); Final Project Evaluation (2012).
Partners: the Ministry of Social Affairs of Palestine, UN Women, the Government of Italy, the Government of Iceland.
The Mehwar Center
Bethlehem, State of Palestine
Acting Director, Saeda Al-Atrash
UN Women Palestine
Al Nouman St., Beit Hanina, Jerusalem
Special Representative, Alia El-Yassir
My.COOP offers a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives that is a result of a collaborative effort involving a wide range of partners such as cooperative development agencies, cooperative colleges and universities, cooperative and producer organizations, knowledge institutes and agencies of the United Nations. Initiated by the ILO Cooperative Facility for Africa and the ILO`s Cooperative Branch, the partnership involves: Agriterra, FAO, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the Royal Tropical Institute and the Wageningen University and Research Centre, among others.
The My.COOP trainings help existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to the cooperative members. The training and programme are based on high level know how originating from many years of training activities for trainers and trainees as well as experiences in the development of cooperatives, food security and agriculture, support to the organization of farmers, sustainable development, youth involvement in the development process, decent work and social dialogue.
The training package includes1 trainer`s manual, 4 modules and a mobile learning toolkit:
I. The trainer's manual. A series of learning activities for each Module and a sample training programme
II. Module 1. Basics of agricultural cooperatives: basics of agricultural cooperatives; challenges for cooperatives; cooperative governance; management, capital formation and finance
III. Module 2. Cooperative service provision: what are the needs of the members? ; what services to provide? ; who will provide the service?
IV. Module 3. Supply of farm inputs: procurements of inputs; storage and stock management; selling the service
V. Module 4. Cooperative marketing: marketing services; strategic marketing; certification
VI. The mobile learning toolkit. Learning activities using the mobile phone to enhance classroom training before, during or after the event.
My.COOP also promotes a distance learning programme through:
- My.COOP platform to enhance e-learning and to enable opportunities for sharing and mutual learning
- Information technologies: internet and social networking.
Translating of My.COOP materials to understandable local languages is a key element of the package. This ensures that the material can be widely used for different audiences.
Materials are also often adapted to the local context, including references to local legislation and specificities as well as adopting an adequate visual appearance. Some countries have included a completely separate module about national legislation on cooperatives.
In addition, there are other countries where My.COOP has been used and/or adapted to projects with local partners, including Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Egypt, South Africa, etc.
Alaoui Solaimani Youssef, Cooperatives and Social Economy Expert
Farmers in Algeria need better industrial equipment that requires substantial investments. Since enacting the Ordinance No. 09-01 of 22 July 2009 on the Supplementary Finance Act for 2009 the country has been implementing the Public Private Partnership to stimulate investments in the agriculture.
Under the guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture 174 pilot farms in the area of 155,368 hectares were selected with the aim to rehabilitate and increase the production capacity, including basic seeds, plant and brood stock for strategic sectors; improve managerial conditions; Introduce innovative techniques. Pilots farms were reorganized into the joint stock companies and proposed the following guiding principles for partnership:
The two modes of partnership were adopted:
17 pilot farms have been the subject of a partnership agreement in dairy cattle breeding, aviculture, arboriculture, market gardening. The amount of investments committed is estimated at 8 266 999 000 Algerian Dinars. The pilot farms have shown the following rates of investment return:
Based on the successful implementation of PPP in the pilot farms the National Agriculture Policy confirms the PPP as a new driver of agricultural growth and encourages cooperation and partnership as a privileged tool for the transfer of know-how and technical assistance.
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of Algeria
Ms. Saida Dramchini, Chief of Staff
Phone: +213 23 50 31 56
The traditional drought indexes provide information monthly or more rarely used for the post evaluation of the drought damage. In the 2015 the General Directorate of Water Management and the University of Szeged initiated a new solution Drought and Water Scarcity Management System (DWMS) as an effective tool to support the water management for irrigation and other agricultural activities. With the new drought index that supplies daily information in real time and enables to take effective measures in time this solution decreases the damage of the drought during the extreme weather conditions.
As a first step a workgroup of experts was established to evaluate the existing drought indexes in the world. As was determined all of these indexes are suitable for follow-up analysis, but cannot be used for operational actions. For this reason, a new daily calculated index was developed and DWMS has been developed.
This system consists of the three main components:
The DWMS can be used as well for the “smart agriculture”:
Budget: Build-up and operation of a new monitoring network consisting of 16-20 stations on pilot area approx. 20 thousand square km area costs 400,000 EUR
Partner: The University of Szeged (Hungary)
General Directorate of Water Management, Ministry of Interior of Hungary
The India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund is a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries and constitutes a pioneering initiative to implement South-South cooperation for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the UN system. Its purpose is to identify replicable and scalable projects that can be disseminated to interested developing countries as examples of best practices in the fight against poverty and hunger. It was established in 2004 and became operational in 2006.
This initiative brought solar energy to 20 villages. It expanded the solar energy component of a finalized IBSA project in Guinea-Bissau, incorporating lessons from the pilot 5 villages that received and have since been using solar equipment. By providing access to energy, this project enormously enhanced village life. For example, indoor lighting in schools permits studies by adults and other village activities during the evening. Solar water pumps reduce the hardships of obtaining water from wells, making it accessible at fountains or as running water. Street lighting and portable lanterns for village officials provide enhanced security, and cell phone chargers in community centres facilitate connectivity and sometimes even serve as a source of income for village associations.
The project was implemented in July 2011- December 2013. Read more.
More information: Full evaluation report (in French)
Replication: The positive outcomes of the project are directly related to the improvement of the quality of life of the populations. The solar systems had an impact on health, education of children and adults, access to water, security, which are all conditions for reducing vulnerability and poverty.
Budget : USD 596,305
IBSA Fund SecretariatUnited Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in United Nations Development Programme
304 East 45th Street, FF-12
New York, NY, 10017
Ms. Ines Tofalo, Programme Specialist
telephone: 212 906 5123
Created in 2001, the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of Madagascar (CAMM), supports enterprises to manage their conflicts, determine the best way to quickly solve them, and ensure the security of their investments and continuity of their business. In order integrate the CAMM into the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Antananarivo (CCIA), Madagascar asked for advice from partners. The country was supported by UNDP, CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris), CAMCO (Centre d’Arbitrage, de Médiation et de Conciliation de Ouagadougou), São Tomé and Principe and "Groupements Patronaux Malgaches". The goal of that solution was mainly to prepare CCIA and private sector’s CEOs to the new model of the arbitration center and the role they will play in its functioning.
A delegation composed of CCIA members and a private sector representative were sent to Paris and Ouagadougou in 2011.
The CAMM was integrated into the CCIA in 2012, based on the French and Burkinabe models This new structure gives better tools to Malagasy companies for commercial dispute resolution. It also goes beyond its arbitration duties, by promoting legal training to make local companies more legally secure.
Centre d’Arbitrage et de Médiation de Madagascar
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie d’Antananarivo
20, Rue Henry Razanatseheno
Tel : +261 (0) 20 22 202 12
Mission of technical assistance provided by the Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform of Burkina Faso for the Ministry of Civil Service, Labour & Social Security in Burundi, in order to:
This project is part of the National Programme on the Reform of the Administration (PNRA). The overall objective of is to increase the performance of the Administration of Burundi. The archiving system will indeed improve the recording of files and also allow them to be treated more rapidly. The project will also allow the country to go a step further with the automatization of the management of human resources, and so improve the quality of the services provided to the citizens. More precisely, the system will allow registering 50 files at the same time in a file management system, in about10 minutes. Public servants will also be able to access online to all files by using their own password.
The project was implemented in 2013, through collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform Burkina Faso that sent two experts in this field and with the support of UNDP.
The collaboration between these partners has led to the achievement of the objectives. The partnership built through this arrangement has enabled a transfer of knowledge and practices which are fundamental to contribute to the reform of the national public administration in Burundi.
Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform
Minister: Soungalo Ouattara
These countries have been selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.
The Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) in Mountains Programme is a global partnership jointly implemented by UNDP, UNEP and IUCN from 2011-2015, with funding from the Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). While global in scope, Uganda, Nepal and Peru were selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.
The overarching Programme goal is to strengthen capacities of the involved governments and local communities to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the effects of climate change using EbA measures in targeted mountain ecosystems.
Expected programme results include:
Based on evidence emerging from these processes, lessons will also be generated on how to use cost-benefit analyses to make an economic case for specific EbA measures. In close collaboration with key government agencies, evidence and lessons will be generated on how to mainstream EbA into broader district and national policy and financing frameworks. These lessons can be scaled-up and shared as policy examples at regional and global levels beyond the three pilot countries. Overall, the resilience to climate change of targeted mountain ecosystems and their local custodians will be enhanced.
More information on the project is available here: http://adaptation-undp.org/projects/mountain-eba
Budget: The project was funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB): Euro 11.5 million
The African Union Commission in Partnership with FHI360, a USAID-funded project under the African Union Partnership (AUP) organized an Exhibition parallel to the 1st Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Education Science and Technology (STC-EST). The exhibition involved model Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) and exhibitors show casing Space Science initiatives from African countries. Participants included AU Ministers of Education, Science and Technology; Senior Education, Science and Technology Officials; Regional Economic Communities; Development Partners (as observers).
The project was done in October 2015. More information:
Replication: the following can be replicated in other countries:
Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST)
Directorate of Information and Communication
African Union Commission
Telephone: +251 11 551 7700 / +251 11 518 25 58
The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) extends from east of the Cape of Good Hope, northwards to Cabinda Province in Angola and encompasses the full extent of Namibia`s marine environment. It is a major coastal upwelling ecosystem and an important centre of marine biodiversity and marine food production.
The Benguela is particularly productive in terms of fisheries resources, but top predators such as seabirds and marine mammals are also abundant. Commercial fisheries and the extraction of non-living natural resources such as oil, gas, diamonds and other minerals, are the focus of industrial activities in the region.
The five-year Strategic Action Programme (2015-2019) that was developed and adopted by the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in 2014, recognises that the scope of the BCC has changed from a fisheries focused interim Commission to a fully-fledged, multi-sectoral inter-governmental body. Similarly, the Implementation Plan that was developed to replace the Norwegian-funded Science Programme has a broad scope: it details the actions required to meet the objectives of the Benguela Current Convention and is structured around eight themes, namely:
The Implementation Plan provides a framework for developing detailed science projects that address each of these themes.
The objective of this second phase of the BCLME Programme will be to deliver the following outcomes that reflect BCLME SAP implementation requirements and recommendations:
Achievements: The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated,
The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to LME management. Furthermore, regional collaboration at both the public and private sector levels has been significantly strengthened. A GEF co-sponsored initiative of the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. UNDP will facilitate a regional treaty between the 3 countries identifying thematic areas and operational procedures for cooperation in sustainably managing the BCLME’s shared living marine resources and mitigating associated threats. This treaty will be administered and supported through a multinational Commission consisting of a Conference of Ministers, an overall management body and a series of management and technical groups supported by the countries and focusing on the priority LME policy actions as identified in the SAP (e.g. harmonised management of living marine resources, environmental variability and prediction, required adaptations to the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and its living resources, etc.).
See mid-term and terminal evaluation reports: http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/3305/evaluations/bclme-sap-imp-midterm-evaluation-report/view
Total Original Budget: $5,138,460
Latest Total Expenditure: $5,017,243
Credit Remaining: $121,217
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
1 Strand Street Swakopmund Namibia
Private Bag 5031
Telephone: +264 64 406901
Fax: +264 64 406902/3
The main objective of the project is to develop and implement the first Human Milk Bank (HMB) in Cape Verde. The HBM aims to fight neonatal malnutrition by welcoming recently born children who face nutrition problems. The project will support the purchase of the necessary equipment, the technical training of national staff to process and perform quality controls of human breast milk, and the development and implementation of an information system for the HMB in the country. About 20 national experts will be trained to transform the HMB into a national reference.
The project was initiated in September 2008 and completed in December 2013.
Replication: The implementation of a HBM and training of qualified staff to operate the bank. In addition to its low-cost and positive impact, the HMB Network is recognized by WHO and UNDP as one of the initiatives that most contributed to human development in the Southern Hemisphere, by promoting practical solutions that can be replicated, scaled-up and adapted in other countries.
Budget: US$ 168,144.09 (total budget)
Governo da República Federativa do Brasil
Agência Brasileira de Cooperação
SAF/Sul Quadra 2, Lote 2, Bloco B, 4º Andar, Edifício Via Office
Brasília – DF, Brasil
Coordenação Geral de Cooperação Técnica Bilateral:
Wofsi Yuri G. de Souza
The proposed long-term solution for biodiversity conservation in Togo is to strengthen the management of the system of protected areas (PA) through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of PA. The Project is funded by West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). UNDP will help Togo develop prerequisites to be able to join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger in partnership EU, WAEMU and UNDP.
Goal: Protect the globally significant biodiversity in Togo’s Savanna Biomes and ensure PA connectivity at the eco-regional level.
Objective: Strengthen Togo’s protected area system management to improve its contribution to the conservation of biodiversity by applying effective approaches to PA rehabilitation and management.
PA estate covering approximately 578,000 hectares, covering a large region in Togo
Running for five years, from 2012- 2017
PA operationalization of the OKM complex in Togo, with implementation at the site level of rehabilitation measures, participatory management arrangements and rehabilitation of connectivity at Eco-regional level.
Use of key monitoring tools, typical of GEF Biodiversity projects, these include the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool, or METT (Annex 2), which also includes UNDP’s PA System Financial Sustainability Scorecard.
Budget: USD 2,222,200
An amount USD 70,000 was reserved in the budget (from WAEMU funds) for the inclusion of the OKM Complex into the assessments of IUCN’s MIKE programme with respect to ecological management. The frequency is every 5 years.
109 Boulevard Félix Houphouët
Boigny P.O. Box 4596 Gamal Abdul Nasser Avenue,
Lomé, Republic of Togo.
Phone: +228 984 97933
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Operational Focal Point
Mr. Djiwonou Folly
Ministère de l`Environnement et des Ressources BP 355
Tel: + 228 904 3608