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Review of UN-Habitat's participation in the Delivering as One process

Review of UN-Habitat's participation in the Delivering as One process

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The review covers the opportunities and challenges of UN-Habitat's participation in the Delivering as One (DaO) United Nations Initiative, and makes recommendations for a more rational, coherent and effective participation. UN-Habitat is currently active in six pilot DaO countries: Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam. The review was requested by the UN General Assembly, for consideration by Member States, and conducted by two independent consultants during the period from March to June 2011. A key finding of the review is that effective participation of UN-Habitat in joint programming has the potential to enhance its visibility and sharpen its comparative image. It also finds that establishment of National Urbanisation Committees or National Urban Forums with membership drawn from the Government, civil society groups and the private sector will be important to position the urban agenda at country level, and that UN-Habitat Headquarters should streamline its structure and working modality to enable it to "deliver as one".
The review covers the opportunities and challenges of UN-Habitat's participation in the Delivering as One (DaO) United Nations Initiative, and makes recommendations for a more rational, coherent and effective participation. UN-Habitat is currently active in six pilot DaO countries: Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam. The review was requested by the UN General Assembly, for consideration by Member States, and conducted by two independent consultants during the period from March to June 2011. A key finding of the review is that effective participation of UN-Habitat in joint programming has the potential to enhance its visibility and sharpen its comparative image. It also finds that establishment of National Urbanisation Committees or National Urban Forums with membership drawn from the Government, civil society groups and the private sector will be important to position the urban agenda at country level, and that UN-Habitat Headquarters should streamline its structure and working modality to enable it to "deliver as one".

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REVIEW OF UN-HABITAT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE DELIVERING AS ONE UN INITIATIVE

Pakistan: (contacted by e-mail)

Moghaddam, Siamak: Country Programme
Manager

Rwanda:

Bigenimana, Emmanuel: National Project
Coordinator; Youth Project; UN-Habitat.

Fall, Cheikh: Deputy Representative UNFPA;
Rwanda

Habimana, Andre: Head of UNIDO
operations; UNIDO

Lootsma, Auke: Country Director; UNDP

Nsengiyumua, Jacques: National Project
Coordinator; WAC II Project; UN-Habitat

Sevumba, Monique: UN-Habitat Programme
Manager; UN-Habitat

Uwamahoro, Felix: National Project
Coordinator; Upgrading of Slums Zones of
the cities of the Western Province (AQUPO);
UN-Habitat

Uwera, Solange: Non Resident Agencies
Coordination Analyst; Resident Coordinator
Office; UN

Tanzania:

Badhari, Ritesh: UNRC Office; DaO focal
Point

Chamberlain, Louise: Dep. UNDP Director

Gibbons, Helga: UNRC Office; DaO focal
point

Mutashabirwa, Phillemon: UN-Habitat
Programme Manager

Vietnam:

Alwin Nijholt: UN M+E; RBM advisor

Caroline den Dulk: Communications
Manager; One UN Office

Do Thi Minh Huyen: UN-Habitat

Do Tu Lan: Deputy Director; Urban
Development Authority

Francois Reybet-Degat: Head of Resident
Coordinator Office; Senior Sdvisor on UN
reform (UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra
was out of the country)

Le Thi Mai Huong: UN-Habitat Project
Manager

Mags Gaynor: Development Cooperation;
Embassy of Ireland

Nguyen Quang: UN-Habitat Programme
Manager

Nguyen Tran Nam: Deputy Minister; Ministry
of Construction

Nguyen Yen Hai: Deputy Director General;
Ministry of Planning and Investment

Nong Thi Hong Hanh: Head of Division;
Ministry of Planning and Investment

Peter d’Huys: Development Cooperation;
Embassy of Belgium; CoChair of LMDG

Pham Khan Toan: Dir General; Ministry of
Construction

Pham Thi Thu Huong: UN-Habitat Chief
Technical Advisor; MEK-WATSAN

Rie Vejs Kjeldgaard: ILO Representative

Setsuko Yamazaki: UNDP Country Director

Tran Thi Van: UNFPA Assistant Representative

Tran Xuan Bach : UN-Habitat Project
Manager

Vu Nguyet Minh : UN-Habitat.

Vu Thi Vinh: Vice Secretary General;
Association of Cities of Vietnam

Yuriko Shoji: FAO Representative

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REVIEW OF UN-HABITAT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE DELIVERING AS ONE UN INITIATIVE

1. DELIVERING AS ONE IN CAPE
VERDE

1.1 Background

The Republic of Cape Verde, with Praia as its
capital, is a small archipelago of 10 islands located
at 455 km from the West African Coast. It has an
area of 4,033 km² and a population of 492,000
inhabitants. Cape Verdean’s has a life expectancy
at birth of 71 years and a literacy rate of 82 per
cent. Its economy is essentially tertiary, with trade
and services sectors occupying over 70 per cent
of the domestic production.

From an administrative standpoint, Cape Verde
is divided into 22 municipalities with 24 cities.
In urban areas concentrates 62 per cent of the
population with approximately one quarter in
Praia. At country level, only 46.9 per cent of the
population has access to public water supply and
50 per cent has access to an improved sewage
disposal system. The majority of municipalities still
do not have the instruments and the mechanism
for proper urban management and the country
lacks a proper land registration system.

UN-Habitat in Cape Verde: The UN-Habitat
office in Cape Verde started in 2009, after
the Delivering as One (DaO) was initiated. For
that, a Habitat Programme Manager (Country
Programme Manager) was nominated (the
Country Programme Manager for Senegal
was nominated for Cape Verde accumulating
both countries) and it was recruited a country
coordinator based in Cape Verde. The country
coordinator participates in DaO meetings in the
United Nations Country Team and others, and
works together with national partners on the
planning and implementation of the projects. The
Country Programme Manager, based in Senegal,
assists at key meetings in Cape Verde and provides
the necessary support from Dakar.

The entry point of UN-Habitat in Cape Verde was
the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

(PSUP) which is financed by UN-Habitat with
contribution from the European Commission,
allowing UN-Habitat access to the One UN
Programme with an urban governance project
financed by the DaO.

1.2 Delivering as One in Cape Verde

Planning: With the collaboration of 20 UN
agencies (six resident and 14 non-resident
agencies) it was prepared the ‘One Programme
in Cape Verde’. The programme is divided in four
thematic areas being: (i) Good governance; (ii)
Promotion of growth and economic opportunities;
(iii) Environment, energy, disasters, prevention
and response; and (iv) Human capital and social
protection. The gender component is a cross-
cutting aspect that has been mainstreamed in
most interventions. The total estimated budget for
the One Programme was USD 70.3 millions and
donor contribution reached USD 40.8 millions.

The UN-Habitat coordinator in Cape Verde,
with the assistance of the Country Programme
Manager, made great effort advocating for
UN-Habitat mandate inside the United Nations
Country Team and with Government partners.
Now, the agency is implementing activities for a
total of USD 588,500 including USD 88,500 from
the PSUP project and USD 500,000 from DaO funds
implementing the ‘Local Urban Development
Programme in the framework of the One UN in
Cape Verde’. The UN-Habitat component in the
Medium-Term Strategic and Institutional Plan
(MTSIP) is related to focus area 2: Participatory
Planning Management and Governance. This
intervention was included in the Habitat Country
Programme Document (HCPD) for Cape Verde.

The Government of Cape Verde has been working
on defining an integrated urban policy and
operational strategy which will act as a guide for
better living conditions in the cities. Accordingly,
the Government of Cape Verde in partnership with
UN-Habitat intends to produce this urban policy

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