Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:33

Summary

As part of the African Union's African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), experience sharing was held in Benin with Mali and Côte d'Ivoire to exchange best practices and acquired from the use of the mechanism.

Challenge

Presented as "an innovative approach designed and implemented by Africans for Africa", the mechanism allows experts, governments, civil society to jointly assess the performance of a given country in various fields (democracy good governance, development, human rights).

Created in 2003, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a reciprocal mechanism for promoting good governance in Africa. It is a mutually agreed instrument to which African Union (AU) Member States voluntarily adhere.

Through constructive dialogue and persuasion, this Mechanism promotes sharing and mutual learning through exchange of experiences and the reinforcement of good practices, including identification of gaps and, for participating countries, evaluation of capacities to strengthen.

In Benin, a National Governance Commission of the APRM (CNG-APRM) was set up in 2008 with the aim of strengthening political, economic and social governance through education, awareness-raising, and extension of the African Mechanism. Peer Review (APRM) and monitoring of the implementation of the Action Plan and recommendations from Benin's APR assessment.

Solution

The missions received in Benin in November 2016 were intended to draw on Benin's experience in implementing the mechanism in its phases of self-evaluation, evaluation and monitoring of the implementation of the national action plan. . The displacement of the members of the National Governance Commission of the African Peer Review Mechanism (NMC-APRM) in Mali is part of an annual meeting to review the implementation of the APRM and strengthen capacity of these members on citizen control. The exchange of missions between Benin and the other countries of the subregion allowed him to assess his own level of implementation of the APRM's national plan of action, to learn from the experiences of other countries and to note the areas in which he must do better.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: National Governance Commission of the African Peer Review Mechanism (CNG-MAEP) (Benin)

Contact person:
Ginette Mondongou,
Senior Economist,
UNDP Benin
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Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:23

Summary

Support Mission to the Burundi Ministry of Public Service in the implementation of the electronic archiving of civil servants and civil servants files.

Challenge

Burundi faces the challenge of a public sector and an administration that is not robust enough to provide citizens with quality service. The introduction of effective management tools and systems has been identified as an important element in improving the capacity and performance of the public service.

Solution

Between August and September 2014 a technical assistance mission of two experts from the Ministry of Public Service of Burkina Faso was held for the benefit of the Ministry of the Public Service of Labor and Social Security of Burundi to: (i) share Burkina Faso's experience in digitalisation and securing archives; and (ii) helping Burundi develop a roadmap for electronic archiving of public officials' files within five years.

The outcome of the mission includes a study and roadmap on how to implement electronic archiving. The recommendations are intended to advance in the automation of the management of human resources of the Public Service and in improving the quality of the service rendered to the citizen. The studies have been validated by the Ministry of Public Service.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: Ministry of Public Service, Labor and Social Protection Burkina Faso; Ministry of Public Service, Labor and Social Security of Burundi

Contact person:
Rose Nitunga
UNDP Burundi
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Thursday, 28 June 2018 17:08

Summary

Expert support mission initiated as part of the resilience priority formulation process / AGIR Sahel in Chad.

Challenge

The AGIR Initiative "Global Alliance for Resilience Initiatives in the Sahel and West Africa" was launched by the West African and Sahel countries, organized within WAEMU, ECOWAS and CILSS, in close collaboration with OECD technical and financial partners. The objective of AGIR is: "To structurally and sustainably reduce food and nutritional vulnerability by providing technical, material and financial support for the implementation of Sahelian and West African policies".

Acting aims to mobilize in a coordinated way and to support regional and national policies in support of strengthening the resilience of vulnerable populations. The aim is to address the causes of acute and chronic food and nutrition crises in the same way, by helping vulnerable households to increase their incomes, access basic infrastructure and social services, and build up a wealth of assets. sustainably strengthening their livelihoods.

For Niger, the AGIR process is an opportunity to reinforce its resilience dimension of the 3N Initiative strategy "Nigeriens feed Nigeriens".

Solution

As part of the Global Alliance for the Resilience Initiative in the Sahel (AGIR), UNDP has supported the deployment of experts from Niger's Nigerian NICs program 3N to Chad to strengthen the exchange of information. expertise in the process of formulating national priorities for resilience.

The mission of the Nigerien experts in Chad has accelerated the AGIR process (Global Alliance for the Resilience Initiative in the Sahel) in Chad in particular as regards the definition of priorities, as well as the various pillars of the initiative. The planned next steps include the visit of the Chadian part to Niger to enrich the experience and the reinforcement of the cooperation between these two countries in the framework of the resilience.

Supported by: UNDP

Implementation agency: Niger: Office of the High Commissioner for the 3N Initiative

Contact person:
Amata DIABATE,
UNDP NIger
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Thursday, 28 June 2018 13:49

Summary

The National Multifunctional Platforms for Poverty Reduction (PTFM) program has led to a sharing of experiences with Guinea, which has benefited from expertise in village micro-industrialization and the promotion of rural entrepreneurship.

Challenge

The National multifunctional platforms program for the fight against poverty, abbreviated "PN-PTFM", is an initiative of the Senegalese Government, supported by the UNDP, whose objective is to improve the living conditions of the populations in rural areas by increasing access to basic energy services.

Solution

During 2014, the PTFM led to a sharing of experiences with Guinea, which benefited from expertise in village micro-industrialization and promotion of rural entrepreneurship.

The initiative has made it possible to strengthen cooperation between Senegal and Guinea in the field of village micro-industrialization. It was agreed that the Senegalese experts will visit Guinea to provide support in this area once the Ebola restrictions are lifted.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: Ministry in charge of Industry -Ministry of Economy and Finance

Contact person:
Isiyaka SABO,
Economic Advisor,
UNDP Senegal
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Summary

Police forces of Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire share experiences on how to apply ICT innovations in their Police and GBV projects, by using mobile phone short text messages to address GBV issues

Challenge

The 2015 UN Women Beijing +20 Report points to Africa as having the highest prevalence of physical or sexual intimate partner violence at 45.6% in low- to middle-income countries.

African Security Organs have made firm commitments and considerable progress to support the move to end violence against women and girls. Rwanda`s security Organs in partnership with the One-UN Rwanda launched the campaign in Kigali in October 2010 in high level international conference under the theme: “The Role of African Security Organs in Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”. The conference was concluded with a proclamation and signing of the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD).

In addition, since 2000 Rwanda has adopted the concept of human security, which places the individual at the "centre of analysis". Putting the citizen at the centre of security concerns, especially the vulnerable, is likely to strengthen people's confidence in the police. Also, Rwanda has created the Gender Desk for combating gender-based violence and the One Stop Centre, a medical centre for victims of gender-based violence. There is one Gender Desk per police station, 74 of its kind in Rwanda. The One Stop Centre welcomes victims, and besides health services offers them lodging until their reintegration in a safe environment. There are 30 One Stop Centres in Rwanda.

Côte d’Ivoire’ security sector has been severely affected by the decade of socio-political crisis and the violent post-election crisis of 2010. The restoration of security and of state authority has thus been at the forefront of the Ivorian government's priorities in its post-crisis program. Therefore, the Government and its national and international partners have made many efforts to promote reconciliation at all levels and the adoption of a person-centred concept of security.  

Solution

As part of the implementation of South-South cooperation between Côte d'Ivoire and Rwanda, an Ivorian delegation led by the Ministry of State, Ministry of the Interior and Security and composed of representatives of the National Gendarmerie, the National Security Council, the National Assembly, the police services of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire carried out a visit of work and exchange in Rwanda in November 2014. The aim of the exchange was to share experiences regarding the implementation of security and social cohesion policies while highlighting best practices and lessons learned in this field.

During this stay in Rwanda, the Ivorian mission met with all the governmental partners (Ministries or institutions in charge of security, justice, solidarity, social cohesion, police, gendarmerie) and national and international non-governmental organizations, as well as United Nations agencies involved in the implementation of security sector policies, programs and projects.

These working sessions made it possible to take stock of the security situation and to learn how to apply ICT innovations in the Police and GBV projects, by using mobile phone short text messages to address GBV issues.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: Ministère de l’Intérieur de Côte d’Ivoire; Rwanda National Police

Contact person: El Allassane Baguia, Unité Politique et Stratégie, PNUD-Côte d'Ivoire, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Summary

Two experts from the Executive Secretariat of the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CNEDD) visited Senegal to benefit from the country's experience in climate insurance for the development of a similar project in Niger

Challenge

The negative impacts of climate change on agricultural yields and food security situation Africa are worrying. Projected yield reductions in some countries could reach 50% by 2020, and net crop revenues could fall by 90% by 2100, with small farmers being the most severely affected. Risks related to weather and climate shocks are critical constraints for rural people who are engaged in agricultural activities or whose livelihoods are highly dependent on the agricultural sector.

Article 4.8 of the UNFCCC mentions "insurance" as one of the main means of responding to the negative impacts of climate change (as well as financing and technology transfer). Insurance can indeed be an effective tool for climate risk management when combined with other measures such as early warning systems, risk information, disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change.

Recently, indexed risk transfer products such as index insurance have emerged as a potentially effective climate risk transfer mechanism for rural populations. Insurance is linked to an index, often meteorological, such as rainfall, temperature, humidity or crop yields, rather than actual loss.

Solution

Two experts from the Executive Secretariat of the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CNEDD) visited Senegal to benefit from the country's experience on climate insurance for the development of a similar project in Niger.

With this study trip Nigerian managers have better understood the methods used in Senegal by the agricultural index insurance project to identify and select intervention sites and collect basic data. Thanks to lessons learned, Niger has better prepared its pilot climate insurance index against drought, adopting a similar methodology for identifying project implementation sites and better ways of collecting data.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: Executive Secretariat of the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CNEDD)

Contact person: Amata  DIABATE, Economic Advisor, UNDP Niger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:42

Summary

A cooperation agreement between the governments of Burundi and Singapore, with the support of UNDP, has been signed, amounting to almost $ 2.5 million. This South-South cooperation focuses on the realization of an innovative master plan to guide the development of the capital of Burundi and its surroundings by 2045.

Challenge

The city of Bujumbura as the political, social and economic capital of Burundi has a real potential for development. However, its future urban development faces real challenges: today, although only 1 Burundian out of 10 is urban, the city of Bujumbura alone is home to 3/4 of the urban population of the country. In 1962, the capital had about 60,000 inhabitants. In 2014, the estimates are of 800,000 inhabitants. This population is concentrated mainly in peripheral districts where the density sometimes reaches more than 2,000 inhabitants per km². It is projected, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), that by 2030 the urban population of Burundi will reach 2.63 million people, which would represent 19 percent of the total population.

This rapid and continuous urbanization, especially in the city of Bujumbura, is leading to deterioration in the quality of life of citizens and the environment. Beyond population growth, the development of Bujumbura faces other challenges such as: lack of planning tools and urban management; inadequate legislation; low household incomes in relation to the cost of housing; the lack of electrical energy; the rural exodus of young people.

The current challenge is to be able to manage the development of the capital and guarantee a better living and working environment for its inhabitants.

Solution

Singapore's support combined the provision of a wide range of experience-based technical knowledge at both national and provincial levels. The core of this South-South cooperation mechanism with Singapore was the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) technical assistance, consulting services and best practice sharing.

Under the Agreement, SCE shared Singapore’s urban developmental experience and expertise with the capital City of Bujumbura. The project started in July 2014 and spanned over 18 months, which would include 12 months of Master Plan preparation and 6 months of capacity building, where SCE would conduct knowledge transfer of best practices in urban development with the Burundian Government’s urban planning team to successfully implement the Master Plan.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE)

Contact person: Charles NIZIGIMANA ( in the ministry) - email :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Marie-Ange KIGEME (UNDP) email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:18

Summary

High level expert mission and experience sharing activities between Mauritius and Côte d’Ivoire to assist the Government of Côte d'Ivoire in developing an operational action-plan to support youth employment creation.

Challenge

The extent of underemployment (20.9% of the labor force in 2014) and youth (9.6%) and women unemployment (10% vs. 4.8% at men's) in Côte d'Ivoire is a key factor that explains persistent poverty. Green job opportunities and job training opportunities for young people are limited due to low economic diversification and insufficient processing of commodities. The same is true of microenterprise development, which suffers from lack of technical and financial support. Youth unemployment, if not sufficiently addressed, could also be an obstacle to the dynamics of social cohesion and peacebuilding.

Solution

An employment senior specialist from Mauritius Ministry of Finance participated in a high-level expert mission in December 2014 to share Mauritius experience with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and assist in developing an Operational Action-Plan to ensure tangible results and strengthen institutional coherence across government policies and structures.  As a result of the study tour, Côte d’Ivoire developed a policy on youth employment creation that was delivered at the level of the President. 

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: Ministère de la promotion de la jeunesse, de l’emploi des jeunes et du service civique

Contact person: El Allassane Baguia  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Summary

Exchange of South-South cooperation with Morocco for the establishment of the Social Accounting Matrix.

Challenge

National statistical and accounting capacity building.

Solution

A Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) is a square matrix in which each account is represented by a row and a column. It provides a complete picture of the economic transactions of an economy. The matrix provides as complete a mapping as possible of the flow of economic flows within the national economy. It serves as a base for economic models that will be developed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to analyze the impact of economic policies.

The proposed solution consisted of a knowledge sharing activity that took place in June 2014 between statistical experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning of Morocco and the Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Analysis of Mauritania.

Sharing has given policymakers the opportunity to better evaluate public policies and adjust them to make them more efficient through the restructuring of economic data. The system has facilitated understanding of the interrelationships between the various parts of the macroeconomic system.

The main results achieved with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning of Morocco are:

  • A detailed social accounting matrix for the Mauritanian economy based on the 1993 System of National Accounts (SNA 93) is produced
  • A methodology for developing adapted SAMs is developed and disseminated;
  • MEF executives are trained in SAM methodology

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by:
Morocco: High Commissioner for Planning
Mauritania: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Analysis

Contact person:
Oumar Gueye,
Director of Forecasting and Economic Analysis
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Summary

Exchange of regional experiences on the implementation of the integrated framework-An exchange mission of the Ministry of Trade of Guinea, the Implementation Unit of the Integrated Framework visited in December 2014 in Bamako in Mali for inquire about the Malian experience in the implementation of the Integrated Framework.

Challenge

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) brings together partners and resources to help least developed countries (LDCs) use trade to reduce poverty and ensure inclusive growth and sustainable development. The EIF program provides support to increase the role of trade in economic and social development through better integration of the country into the regional market, the multilateral trading system and the fight against poverty.

Solution

Implementation of the Integrated Framework Program began in Mali in 2005 with support from UNDP. Based on the achievements of the first phase, a second phase, the Commercial Capability Development Program (Enhanced Integrated Framework) was developed for the period 2008-2012 and then extended until 2017.

It aims to support capacity building related to Mali's integration into the Multilateral Trading System. mainly in the mango production sector. Three major outcomes are expected: (i) trade-related capacity building, (ii) strengthening the Integrated Framework Implementation Unit, and (iii) facilitating export promotion.

An exchange mission of the Ministry of Trade of Guinea, the Implementation Unit of the Integrated Framework visited in December 2014 in Bamako in Mali to inquire about the Malian experience in the implementation of the Integrated Framework. . The mission met with government, private sector and partner organizations to inquire about the institutional, organizational and results slide.

Supported by: UNDP, CIR

Implemented by: Mali: Ministry of Commerce / National Directorate of Trade and Competition

Contact person:
Bécaye Diarra,
Economics Advisor & Head of Strategic and Policy Unit,
United Nations Development Program, Office in Mali
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Summary

Through a partnership between the National Observatory for Human Development in Morocco and the National Observatory of Sustainable Human Development and the Poverty Alleviation of Mali, a series of exchanges and capacities building activities have taken place between the two institutions.

Challenge

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Development, Solidarity and the Elderly (MDSSPA), the main mission of the National Observatory of Sustainable Human Development and the Poverty Alleviation of Mali (ODHD/LCP) is to undertake studies and research in the fields of sustainable human development and the fight against poverty. The solution seeks to address the information system and the capabilities of analysis and evaluation of public policies’ to improve decision-making and ultimately, good governance. Specifically, it aims at consolidating a culture of public policy, performance measurement, as well as transparency and accountability.

Solution

In June 2014, the ODHD/LCP of Mali participated at the International conference on methods for measuring human development and equity-oriented assessment approaches. The Director of the ODHD presented the process of elaboration of the poverty index of the communes of Mali.

A partnership agreement was concluded between observatories in Morocco and Mali.

As part of this South-South partnership, the National Observatory for Human Development of Morocco (ONDH) received a Malian delegation composed of senior officials of the Government of Mali and experts in August 2017. Following several participations of Mali in the forums and seminars organized by the ONDH, the National Observatory of Sustainable Human Development and the Poverty Alleviation of Mali (ODHD/LCP) requested the support of the ONDH to strengthen its capacities in two areas: Information System and Human Development Expertise.

Supported by: UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNWOMEN

Implemented by: Mali: Observatoire du Développement Humain Durable et de la Lutte Contre la Pauvreté (ODHD/LCP); Maroc: Observatoire National du Développement Humain (ONDH)

Contact person: Bécaye Diarra, Economics Advisor & Head of Strategic and Policy Unit, United Nations Development Programme, Office in Mali, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Summary

The formerly well developed Oti-Kéran National (OKM) Park in Northern Togo has experienced significant infrastructure decline and lost most of its wildlife and fauna. The project aims at strengthening the management of the system of protected areas in Togo, through improving the contribution to the conservation of biodiversity through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of protected areas. In view of the transboundary nature of the parc, the initiative helps Togo to develop prerequisites to be able to re-join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity  (W-Arly-Pendjari complex which used to be well connected to Togo's OKM complex) led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger.

Challenge

Togo's system of protected areas is experiencing severe challenges of declining infrastructure, poor management, gaps in staffing as well as inadequate legal and policy frameworks. Especially in the Oti-Kéran-Mandouri Complex, situated in the north of the country and adjacent to Burkina Faso and Bénin, wildlife and fauna has largely disappeared and threatens biodiversity on a regional scale.

This decline reflects an overall decline in the countries socio-political situation since the 1990s. In spite of its good location next to a transboundary Elephant and mammal migration corridor, this situation has also caused a complete standstill of the ecotourism sector and forced local communities to exploit the Protected Area for their livelihood.

Solution

Launched in 2012, the project aims at strengthening the management of the system of protected areas in Togo,

improving the contribution to the conservation of biodiversity through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of protected areas. In view of the trans boundary nature of the park, the initiative helps Togo to 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 with EU, WAEMU and UNDP.

Supported By: UNDP, WAEMU , Global Environment Facility

Implemented By: UNDP

Contact person: Ginette  MONDOUGOU CAMARA, Economic Advisor, UNDP Togo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.