United Nations Development Assistance Framework
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the Government of Jordan (GoJ) signed the third United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), covering 2013 – 2017 for Jordan in September 2012. The UNDAF was aligned to the Jordanian National Agenda (2006 – 2015) and the Executive Development Program (2011 – 2013). In 2014, realizing the importance of sustaining the development gains achieved by Jordan and the high impact of the Syria crisis, the UNCT started developing the United Nations Assistance Framework (UNAF) (2015-2017) which supersedes the UNDAF.
The UNAF is a strategic document with a focus on higher-level results. It represents a common strategic framework that enables the UN system to provide a comprehensive, coherent and synergistic response to nationally identified needs and priorities. The UNAF will continue to champion the cause of full Millennium Development Goal (MDG) attainment, especially in light of the 2015 deadline. At the same time, it provides a flexible framework through which emerging priorities within the post-2015 global development agenda and Government of Jordan’s new Economic and Social Blueprint might be addressed.
The main benefit of the new UNAF over the previous UNDAF is that this updated document incorporates a section dedicated to the Syrian refugee response and additional new emphasis on resilience programming to reinforce Government institutions and services most affected by the crisis in line with recently emerging priorities.
To read the UNAF, click here.
2013 Annual results review
2013 was the first year of the UNDAF implementation. It was also a transition year where the UNCT Team quickly adapted to a rapidly changing country context. The annual results review carried out in mid-2014 showed that significant achievements were made, including –amongst others - the support for the establishment of the Jordan Response Platform for the Syria Crisis, previously the Host Communities Support Platform (HCSP), the preparation of the Needs Assessment Review (NAR) and the formulation of the National Resilience Plan (NRP).
Progress was also made in the field on democratic governance with the establishment of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the support to the elections in 2013. Through this also gender equality has advanced, for example the percentage of women MPs has increased from 10 percent (15 seats) to 12 percent (18 seats), female voters exceeded 52 percent and women winning elections exceeded 35 percent of total members of the municipal council’s members.
Moreover, the Social Security Law was extended to encompass workers of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the Social Security Convention was ratified by the Government and the UN has continued providing support for the Social Protection Floor in Jordan.
The full report of the 2013 annual results review can be accessed here.
Alignment to the National Resilience Plan (NRP, 2014-2016)
Early in 2014 the UNCT also decided to bring the UNDAF into closer alignment with the National Resilience Plan (2014-2016). This work was undertaken to ensure the continued relevance of the support provided by the United Nations in Jordan to the Government’s priorities, as they have evolved as a consequence of the impact of the Syrian crisis.
The results of this strategic alignment were presented at the UNDAF Steering Committee held on July 16th. The meeting was co-chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
A report on the alignment exercise was prepared, highlighting the sharpened focus of support of the UNDAF. The overall effect of this alignment has considerable financial implications. The original pre-Syrian Crisis UNDAF (2013-2017) was presented with an overall financial envelop in the region of US$ 82m. The NRP-aligned UNDAF results matrix presents the outline of a programme presently in the region of US$ 202m. Click here to read the full report.