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KFair Vienna 28-30 Sept 2010 Defining the role of the UN in policy advice and implementation by Mind Map: KFair Vienna 28-30 Sept 2010
Defining the role of the UN in policy
advice and implementation
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KFair Vienna 28-30 Sept 2010 Defining the role of the UN in policy advice and implementation

Advocacy and coordination: Strengthen the RC system


Resident Coordinator has a key role to play to project One UN

Governments like to see the UN as a single entity

Moving forward...

Entry briefing on mandate of agencies, including non resident agencies

Mapping who's doing what to overcome partners/agencies not being aware of the competencies of other agencies

Since RC offices are weak in terms of staff, it is proposed promoting rotation/exchange of staff technical/RC office for a few days per month

Advocacy on IADG and conventions agreed by national authorities while raising to donors national capacities to favour local implementation

Promoting K Fairs and knowledge sharing on the results and lessons learned from projects

Increase effectiveness of the UN system


Effectiveness requires stable and predictable procedures

Credibility, Reliance on consultants hinders credibility of the UN's capacity, In some cases, reliance on consultants is beneficial to ensure fast turnover response to country requests, Increasing and improving in-house capacity to build up reputation

Moving forward...

UN needs to make clear what agency to approach for what, Example: CEB Thematic brochure on Trade capacity building

Internal business practices at country level must be harmonized, detached from HQ, through greater decentralization and empowerment at the country level

Aligning with global commisions

HQ should foster harmonization of all policies and make better use of technology to facilitate flow of information

Inclusion of non-resident agencies in all planning and consultation processes

Focused on strengthening local competitive advantage of the UN to guide policy / implementation work


Need to balance acknowledging local capacities and interests with UN mandate and advocacy role

Role of the UN in Middle Income Countries, Policy advice is a much more important role than implementation, Highlight international agenda (MDGs, etc.) but aligned to the needs of the local population

Moving forward...

KM / We should build our capacity to present our knowledge to national counterparts

Consultation with local and government stakeholders to identify competitive advantages. UNDAF processes are a good means where available

Act as a convener and act as a collector

Have an open dialogue with stakeholders about impact/contribution of the UN to achieve country goals

UN system as a catalyzer

Moving forward...

Procedural aspects, Continuation of UNDAF and joint programmes, but enhancing inclusiveness of government counterparts in the process

Substantial aspects, Present or expose its neutral voice on the progress of policy implementation, providing judgement on progress against international benchmarks, On M&E, fostering and making public evaluation and assessment of the policies at the country level, Highlight good policies and practices elsewhere as models

Aligned with needs at country


Policy advice and implementation is about relationships and long term commitments with host government

Multi-lateral, multi-angle (bottom up and top down) approaches are required

National counterparts should be involved from the begining in implementation

Align planning and policy to local needs

Moving forward...

Assessments are key and must be performed jointly: make CCA as participatory and inclusive as possible, Look into priorities, national and international, Look into capacities

Interventions must be agreed as one

Coordination is essential, keeping one voice

Delivering as One (joint programming) in policy advice and implementation is about a mindset: what we do we must do together

Moving forward...

Relation building exercises (KFairs, retreats, brown-bag lunches...) at personal level

Empowering the RC Office to fund raise from agency budgets

Pragmatically increase collabroation at technical level

Holistic approach at programme level based on issues (fostering task forces, etc.)

Encouraging "transfer" of requests to relevant agencies, tracked by UNDG to reward compliance

Summary of commonly agreed recommendations to enhance positioning of the UN in policy advice and implementation at the country level

Involve stakeholders throughout all stages

Using existing processes (UNDAFs, CCAs, etc.) more effectively and widely. Should not reinvent the wheel.

Agree on targets and monitor them

Knowledge management at the regional level: Highlighting best practice

Strengthen the One UN approach, speaking with one common voice