Jamaica Prepares for New UNDP Country Programme

Jan 22, 2016

Stakeholders discuss priorities and possible areas for action for UNDP's Country Programme Document under development for the period 2017-2021. Photo Credit: UNDP Jamaica

As it prepares to celebrate 40 years of service to the country, UNDP in Jamaica has been working to develop its new Country Programme Document through consultations with a range of national stakeholders.

In each country where the UNDP works, its activities are outlined in a Country Programme Document (CPD) which describes in more detail how the organisation, in partnership with the country, will contribute to the national development outcomes it will support over a five year period.

Jamaica’s current UNDP Country Programme Document ends in 2016, and work is well underway to develop a new document based on the country’s needs, priorities and national development plan, UNDP’s potential areas of contribution and the new Sustainable Development Agenda.

On 22 January 2015, more than 40 stakeholders from government and civil society met to discuss national priorities for UNDP’s focus in the new country programme.

Director of the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s External Cooperation and Management Division, Mrs Barbara Scott, in her remarks at the consultation encouraged the UNDP and its partners to recognise the new and emerging dimensions to its 5 year programme cycle.

She said these include the realities of being asked to do more with less and to address the challenges being faced by middle income countries like Jamaica with respect to donor funding.

“I encourage you to look and to see where UNDP’s efforts will obtain the greatest possible impact,” she advised stakeholders during the opening of the consultation.

In providing an overview of the work being done towards UNDP’s development of the CPD, Mr. Bruno Pouezat, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative placed the process clearly in the context of the UN’s Multi Country Sustainable Development Framework (MCSDF) for the Caribbean which is being formulated. Within that framework, each country will be developing its implementation plan based on national priorities.

“Together, MCSDF and Country Implementation Plan constitute the framework within which the UNDP CPD will articulate those areas where UNDP has a mandate, competences and other resources to contribute, and how these contributions will complement, and be complemented by, those of other actors, national or international including other UN Agencies…..The formulation of the CPD should therefore take up where the UNDAF/MCSDF leaves off, pulling together all the UNDP-related results specified in the Country Implementation Plan in the format of a legal document that the UNDP Executive Board can approve,” Mr. Pouezat explained.

During the meeting government agencies and civil society organisations had the opportunity to provide guidance to the UNDP team in identifying priority areas and possible actions for the next five years.

Government agencies represented at the meeting included: the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Ministry of Water Land, Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the National Environment and Planning Agency, the Social Development Commission, Ministry of Local Government, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Ministry of Finance and Planning. Civil society organisation which participated included the Women’s Resource Outreach Centre and the University of the West Indies.

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