Snapshot of UNDP Sudan's achievements in 2014

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On 10 – 11 February more than 100 UNDP partners and staff met at AlSalam Rotana to review UNDP’s achievements over the past year as well as discuss ways forward for 2015 and beyond. With broad representation from state and federal level government counterparts as well as civil society institutions and international partners, the discussions were rich and a number of important recommendations emerged.

 UNDP Country Director a.i. Abdel-Rahman Ghandour presents an overview of UNDP Sudan 2014

The first day focused on the four programmatic pillars of UNDP; poverty reductions and MDGs; governance and rule of law; crisis prevention and recovery, and finally; energy and environment. Based on the UNDAF outcomes, each programme gave an overview of projects and results as of end-2014. Key topics of discussion emerged around adherence to UNDAF principles in terms of ensuring a balanced geographic coverage and comprehensive capacity development of national partners -in particular with regards to moving towards national implementation. With 2015 marking the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the transition to the Sustainable Development Goals, many are also wondering what UNDP Sudan’s engagement with the SDGs will look like. When reviewing UNDP’s efforts towards stabilization and peacebuilding at local and state levels, the request for a unified, national body for peacebuilding was shared. Further, issues around aid and public finance management were raised alongside the call for more south – south collaboration.

The second day, the partners looked at the various fund management roles that UNDP Sudan play with regards to the Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund, the UN Darfur Fund, the Common Humanitarian Fund and the Global Fund. The efforts towards coordination and management of multi-partner trust funds are perhaps amongst the less visible activities of UNDP, yet lead to important results both on the ground in terms of delivery of peace dividends, health services and humanitarian aid as well as structurally with greater coherence, coordination and effectiveness of aid in Sudan. These are efforts that are greatly appreciated by the government and led to a discussion around the need for better coordination amongst all actors and the different roles to be played by government ministries in facilitating the work of these funds.

 More than 100 development partners gathered at AlSalam Rotana to learn more about UNDP Sudan's achievements and programmatic priorities

The latter half of the day was spent looking forward with regards to the global strategic plan and the alignment at country office level. The alignment process has focused on achieving greater coherence, efficiency and effectiveness within the office maintaining a strong programmatic focus on peacebuilding and rule of law, sustainable development and resilience.

This annual review set the stage for a continuous dialogue with partners on key development priorities and strategies to support emerging needs across the country. UNDP plays an important role as coordinator and facilitator of development aid in Sudan and looks forward to strengthening the collaboration with both national and international actors in the work to achieve the commonly defined results outlined in the UNDAF and CPAP documents.

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