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The UNDAF is the strategic programme framework that describes the collective response of the UN system to national development priorities. The 2007 triennial comprehensive policy review encourages the UN development system to intensify its collaboration at the country and regional levels towards strengthening national capacities, in support of national development priorities, through the common country assessment, when required, and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

It recognizes the potential of the UNDAF and its results matrix as the collective, coherent and integrated programming and monitoring framework for country-level contributions. While the UNDAF is the key instrument for enhancing UN coherence, in certain situations, other programming instruments serving the same purpose may be used, as desired by the national authorities. Even though the UN operates in a range of national development contexts, the UN country programming must, both in process and substance, respond to national development priorities.

In 2010, the UNDG revised the guidance on ‘How to prepare and UNDAF.’ The Guidelines emphasize:

  • National ownership that is inclusive of all stakeholders in all stages of the process;
  • Alignment with national development priorities, strategies, systems and programming cycles;
  • Inclusiveness of the UN system with full involvement of specialized and non-resident agencies;
  • Integration of the five programming principles (the human rights-based approach, gender equality, environmental sustainability, results-based management, and  capacity development) tailored to the country context;
  • Mutual accountability for development results.

Reference: UNDG Programming Reference Guide.

 

Workstream specific Tool Main action Sub activities / analyses
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part I)
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part II)
Yes Standard Operational Format & Guidance for Reporting Progress on the UNDAF
Yes UNDG Guidance Note on UNCT engagement in PRSPs
Yes UNDG position paper on Sector Support and Sector Programmes
Yes Memorandum: the UNDAF building block approach
Yes Role of the UN Malawi in a changing aid enviroment
Yes M&A Framework
Yes Guidance note stakeholder analysis
Yes Early country experiences of programming without a CCA
Yes Issues Note on Results Based Management in UNDAFs
Yes Nine core international human rights treaties
Yes Common Learning Package on HRBA
Yes Concluding Observations and Recommendations of the Treaty Bodies
Yes UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Yes Education for All Global Plan
Yes Cultural Lens Programming Tool
Yes Gender equality resource guide
Yes UNDG Position Statement on Capacity Development
Yes International labour standards
Yes Millennium Development Goals
Yes 2005 World Summit outcome document
Yes UNDG Action Plan on the implementation of the Paris Declaration
Yes 2008 Accra Agenda for Action
Yes UN Response to the Changing Aid Enviroment (2008)
Yes UNDG and ECHA Chairs\' letter to RC
Yes Proposed Working Mechanisms for Joint UN Teams on AIDS at Contry Level
Yes Joint UN programmes and teans on AIDS: Practical guidelines on implementing effective and sustainable joint teams and programmes of support
Yes Common Inter- agency framework fro conflict analysis in transition situations
Yes Joint Guidance Note on Integrated Recovery Planning using Post-Conflict Needs Assessments and Transitional Results Framework
Yes Improving the Impact of International Labour Standards through Technical Cooperation- A Practice Guide
Yes UN Policy for Post Conflict Employment Creation
Yes Guidance Note on Funding for Transition
Yes RC generic job description
Yes UNCT Dispute resolution mechanisms
Yes Conflict Analysis for Prioritisation Tool
Yes Secretary General’s Guidelines for Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP) 2010
Yes UN Coherence Questionnaire - Programme Staff
Yes Guidance Note on Including the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in UN Programming at Country Level
Yes Guidance note on integrating Food and Nutrition Security into Country Analysis and UNDAF
Yes UNDAF Guidance Support and Package
Yes Guidance Note for Effective Use and Development of National Capacity in Post-Conflict Contexts
Yes Standard Operating Procedures - One Programme Guidance
Workstream specific Tool Main action Sub activities / analyses
Yes Capacity assessment kick off presentation Conduct baseline mapping for UN system capacity Assess and validate current capacity of UN system in country (incl. in-country staff, out-of-country resources) - Conduct baseline mapping for Common services and harmonized business practices
Yes Job description analysis guidelines Conduct baseline mapping for UN system capacity Assess and validate current capacity of UN system in country (incl. in-country staff, out-of-country resources) - Conduct baseline mapping for Common services and harmonized business practices
Yes Job description analysis template Conduct baseline mapping for UN system capacity Assess and validate current capacity of UN system in country (incl. in-country staff, out-of-country resources) - Conduct baseline mapping for Common services and harmonized business practices
Yes Time allocation survey Conduct baseline mapping for UN system capacity Assess and validate current capacity of UN system in country (incl. in-country staff, out-of-country resources)
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part I)
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part II)
Yes Application of the Programming Principles to the UNDAF
Yes A human rights-based approach ( HRBA)
Yes Gender Equality
Yes Environmental sustainability
Yes Results-based management (RBM)
Yes Capacity Development
Yes Assumptions and Risks
Yes Outcomes
Yes Outputs
Yes Indicators
Yes Memorandum: the UNDAF building block approach
Yes Early country experiences of programming without a CCA
Yes Issues Note on Results Based Management in UNDAFs
Yes Stamford Statement of Common UN Understanding of Rights Based Approaches to Development Cooperation
Yes Common Learning Package on HRBA
Yes Guidance Note on Environmental Sustainability
Yes UNDG Capacity Assessment Methodology User Guide: for national capacity development
Yes CEB Toolkit on Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work
Yes UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Yes Education for All Global Plan
Yes Cultural Lens Programming Tool
Yes UNDG Guidance Note on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into CCA/UNDAF
Yes HLCP/CEB Resource Guide on trade and Capacity Building
Yes Aid for Trade and Human Development Guide
Yes UNDG Position Statement on Capacity Development
Yes Framework for Cash Transfers to Implementing Partners (HACT)
Yes Guidance on joint programmes
Yes The Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA)
Yes UNV Guidance Note on Programming Volunteerism for Development
Yes Millennium Development Goals
Yes 2005 World Summit outcome document
Yes UNDG Action Plan on the implementation of the Paris Declaration
Yes 2008 Accra Agenda for Action
Yes UN Response to the Changing Aid Enviroment (2008)
Yes Proposed Working Mechanisms for Joint UN Teams on AIDS at Contry Level
Yes Joint UN programmes and teans on AIDS: Practical guidelines on implementing effective and sustainable joint teams and programmes of support
Yes Common Inter- agency framework fro conflict analysis in transition situations
Yes Joint Guidance Note on Integrated Recovery Planning using Post-Conflict Needs Assessments and Transitional Results Framework
Yes Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employement and Decent Work
Yes Improving the Impact of International Labour Standards through Technical Cooperation- A Practice Guide
Yes The Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA)
Yes Second Guidance Paper, Joint UN programmes and teams on AIDS
Yes HIV & the Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming, DRAFT Training module
Yes Resource Guide for UN Theme Groups on AIDS
Yes A Human Rights-Based Approach & Results-Based Management for HIV Programming, DRAFT Training workshop,
Yes UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes UNDG Action Plan on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes Trade Capacity Building: Inter-Agency Resource Guide
Yes Joint operational activities of the UN-CEB Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity
Yes The Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Cooperation-Towards a Common Understanding
Yes Action 2 Common Learning Package
Yes UNCT Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and Women\'s Empowerment
Yes Resource Guide for Gender Theme Groups
Yes Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability in Country Analysis and the UNDAF- A Guidance Note for United Nations Country Teams and Implementing Partners Teams
Yes Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Development Planning: a handbook for practitioners
Yes Enhancing the UN\'s Contribution to National Capacity Development- A UNDG position statement
Yes UNDG Capacity Assessment Methodology and Tool
Yes Draft Technical Briefs on Outcomes, Outputs, Indicators, Assumptions & Risks
Yes Concept, principles, and tools of Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
Yes Conflict Analysis for Prioritisation Tool
Yes Joint Guidance Note on Integrated Recovery
Yes Secretary General’s Guidelines for Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP) 2010
Yes Guidance Note on Including the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in UN Programming at Country Level
Yes UNDAF Outcomes - Technical Briefs
Workstream specific Tool Main action Sub activities / analyses
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part I)
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part II)
Yes Standard Operational Format & Guidance for Reporting Progress on the UNDAF
Yes Application of the Programming Principles to the UNDAF
Yes A human rights-based approach ( HRBA)
Yes Gender Equality
Yes Environmental sustainability
Yes Results-based management (RBM)
Yes Capacity Development
Yes Assumptions and Risks
Yes Outcomes
Yes Outputs
Yes Indicators
Yes Stamford Statement of Common UN Understanding of Rights Based Approaches to Development Cooperation
Yes Guidance Note on Environmental Sustainability
Yes CEB Toolkit on Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work
Yes UNDG Guidance Note on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into CCA/UNDAF
Yes HLCP/CEB Resource Guide on trade and Capacity Building
Yes Aid for Trade and Human Development Guide
Yes Framework for Cash Transfers to Implementing Partners (HACT)
Yes Guidance on joint programmes
Yes The Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA)
Yes UNV Guidance Note on Programming Volunteerism for Development
Yes Millennium Development Goals
Yes Common Inter- agency framework fro conflict analysis in transition situations
Yes Joint Guidance Note on Integrated Recovery Planning using Post-Conflict Needs Assessments and Transitional Results Framework
Yes Improving the Impact of International Labour Standards through Technical Cooperation- A Practice Guide
Yes The Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA)
Yes Second Guidance Paper, Joint UN programmes and teams on AIDS
Yes HIV & the Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming, DRAFT Training module
Yes Resource Guide for UN Theme Groups on AIDS
Yes A Human Rights-Based Approach & Results-Based Management for HIV Programming, DRAFT Training workshop,
Yes UNDG Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes Trade Capacity Building: Inter-Agency Resource Guide
Yes Joint operational activities of the UN-CEB Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity
Yes The Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Cooperation-Towards a Common Understanding
Yes Action 2 Common Learning Package
Yes UNCT Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and Women\'s Empowerment
Yes Resource Guide for Gender Theme Groups
Yes Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability in Country Analysis and the UNDAF- A Guidance Note for United Nations Country Teams and Implementing Partners Teams
Yes Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Development Planning: a handbook for practitioners
Yes Enhancing the UN\'s Contribution to National Capacity Development- A UNDG position statement
Yes UNDG Capacity Assessment Methodology and Tool
Yes Draft Technical Briefs on Outcomes, Outputs, Indicators, Assumptions & Risks
Yes Concept, principles, and tools of Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
Yes UN Policy for Post Conflict Employment Creation
Yes Conflict Analysis for Prioritisation Tool
Yes Secretary General’s Guidelines for Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP) 2010
Yes UNDG Statement on UN country level system support for integrated approaches to sustainable development
Workstream specific Tool Main action Sub activities / analyses
Yes Guidance note on how to conduct a capacity assessment Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Interview internal stakeholders (external only if not yet covered in Step 2) to identify required capacity of UN system in country
Yes Communications One Pager to staff Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Interview internal stakeholders (external only if not yet covered in Step 2) to identify required capacity of UN system in country
Yes Data request template/Pre-interview questionnaire Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Interview internal stakeholders (external only if not yet covered in Step 2) to identify required capacity of UN system in country
Yes Interview guide for Heads of Agencies Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Interview internal stakeholders (external only if not yet covered in Step 2) to identify required capacity of UN system in country
Yes Interview guide for Government and Donors Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Interview internal stakeholders (external only if not yet covered in Step 2) to identify required capacity of UN system in country
No PCG interview guide Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Interview internal stakeholders (external only if not yet covered in Step 2) to identify required capacity of UN system in country
No Implementation plan template Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Compare requirements to existing capacity and develop plans for addressing the difference
No Guidance note Options after the capacity assessment Identify capacity requirements and develop human resources plan to meet them Compare requirements to existing capacity and develop plans for addressing the difference
Yes Secretary General’s Guidelines for Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP) 2010
Yes Guidance note on Position Paper
Workstream specific Tool Main action Sub activities / analyses
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part I)
Yes How to prepare an UNDAF ( Part II)
Yes Standard Operational Format & Guidance for Reporting Progress on the UNDAF
Yes UNDAF Action Plan Guidance Note
Yes UNDAF Action Plan Guidance Note ( Annex 1)
Yes UNDAF Action Plan Guidance Note ( Annex 2)
Yes Application of the Programming Principles to the UNDAF
Yes A human rights-based approach ( HRBA)
Yes Gender Equality
Yes Environmental sustainability
Yes Results-based management (RBM)
Yes Capacity Development
Yes Assumptions and Risks
Yes Outcomes
Yes Outputs
Yes Indicators
Yes Issues Note on Results Based Management in UNDAFs
Yes Guidance Note on Environmental Sustainability
Yes CEB Toolkit on Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work
Yes UNDG Guidance Note on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into CCA/UNDAF
Yes UNCT Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and Women\'s Empowerment
Yes Gender equality resource guide
Yes HLCP/CEB Resource Guide on trade and Capacity Building
Yes Aid for Trade and Human Development Guide
Yes Guidance on joint programmes
Yes UNEG Norms for Evaluation of the UN System
Yes UNEG Standards for Evaluation in the UN System
Yes UNDAF Evaluation Terms of Reference
Yes Millennium Development Goals
Yes DevInfo
Yes The Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA)
Yes Second Guidance Paper, Joint UN programmes and teams on AIDS
Yes HIV & the Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming, DRAFT Training module
Yes A Human Rights-Based Approach & Results-Based Management for HIV Programming, DRAFT Training workshop,
Yes Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples\' Issues
Yes Trade Capacity Building: Inter-Agency Resource Guide
Yes Joint operational activities of the UN-CEB Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity
Yes The Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Cooperation-Towards a Common Understanding
Yes Action 2 Common Learning Package
Yes UNCT Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and Women\'s Empowerment
Yes Resource Guide for Gender Theme Groups
Yes Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability in Country Analysis and the UNDAF- A Guidance Note for United Nations Country Teams and Implementing Partners Teams
Yes Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Development Planning: a handbook for practitioners
Yes UNDG Capacity Assessment Methodology and Tool
Yes Results-based Management Terminology
Yes Draft Technical Briefs on Outcomes, Outputs, Indicators, Assumptions & Risks
Yes Concept, principles, and tools of Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
Yes Guidance Note on Funding for Transition
Yes RCAR guidelines
Yes RC and UNCT Performance Appraisal guidance note
Yes Secretary General’s Guidelines for Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP) 2010
Yes UNDG Results-based Management Handbook

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Yes Guidance Note on Funding for Transition

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