At Work Together
The accent on collaboration in the UN’s operations in Liberia has fostered some of the most joined-up thinking of any mission anywhere in the world. The UN in Liberia is increasingly working through joint United Nations programmes where United Nations agencies work closely in preparation, implementation, and evaluation. That includes undertaking joint needs-assessments, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, collaborative decision-making, and a streamlined dialogue with partners. Members of the UN family plan and execute as parts of an organic whole, drawing on the knowledge, best practices and comparative advantages of each other and external partners in search of collaborative solutions, rather than performing unilaterally, as has often been the tendency in the past.
Where a particular theme is taken up by government, the flexibility of the UN family (UNCT and UNMIL – an integrated mission) on the ground means that a combination of its relevant parts can coalesce around that theme, to nurture and support it.
The joint programme is also a means for strengthening the United Nations development arm, ensuring that a United Nations presence is sustained in the counties as humanitarian agencies and UNMIL draw down.
Currently the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) which sets out the UN response to the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy outlines six joint programmes – support to the counties (CST), food security and nutrition, sexual gender-based violence (GBV), gender equality, youth employment and HIV/AIDS – that are being delivered jointly, or are planned.