Government of Liberia and United Nations launch UNís five-year strategic assistance framework

 More focused, strategic assistance framework draws of the expertise of UN system in Liberia

13 February 2013. Monrovia, Liberia. The Government and the United Nations system today launched the UN’s  five year strategic assistance framework for Liberia, which will be known as the UN One Programme. The launch ceremony took place at the Monrovia City Hall.

The UN One Programme, which reflects broad areas of UN intervention between 2013-2017, comprises a UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and a Costed Action Plan, both closely aligned with national priorities articulated in Liberia RISING 2030 and the Agenda for Transformation.

“By this launch today, the UN system is once again demonstrating its continuous commitment to complement the efforts of the Government of Liberia to deliver development results for its people as articulated in the Agenda for Transformation. The UN is a valuable partner and close friend of the Government and people in Liberia, significantly contributing to development efforts across the country,”says Amara Konneh, Liberia’s Acting Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance.

“The government and development partners have been consulted at various stages during the formulation of this One Programme. We look forward to working with the UN and provide mutual support to each other in achieving the goals set out in the One Programme,” he added.

The UN Development Assistance Framework is the UN’s second such strategic framework for Liberia, and builds on the achievements of the first UNDAF 2008-12, setting out the UN’s collective response to national development priorities. The accompanying Costed Action Plan defines in greater detail, management and coordination arrangements, financial modalities, monitoring and evaluation processes and serves as the main legal document for multi-year programming.

“The UN One Programme is one of the most important components of Delivering as One in Liberia, setting out the various interventions of UN system agencies in the country, in a single strategic framework”.

“The One Programme enhances national leadership and ownership through close alignment of the UN Strategic framework to national priorities, and reinforces the Government’s monitoring and oversight capacities, provides a transparent overview of UN activities and financial arrangements, and ensures accountability,” says Aeneas C.Chuma, the UN Resident Coordinator, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator.

The One Programme helps position the UN more strategically in areas where it has a distinct comparative advantage, allowing it to be a more effective development partner and increase its collective impact through more coherent, coordinated and focused strategies and programmes.

“I would also like to thank my predecessor, Mr.Moustapha Soumaré, for driving the DaO process since its launch in 2010, and thank him, UN colleagues and government and development partners for all the work that has gone into developing this one programme,” added DSRSG/RC, Mr. Chuma.

The launch ceremony was attended by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia, Karin Landgren, and other senior UN and Government officials.Ends.


For more information:

Mr.Lee Mason, Coordinator, National Implementation Suport Unit (NIMSU) (title) Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs,

Mr.Rukshan Ratnam, Communications Officer, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.