UN System Support to the AU and its NEPAD Programme through

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UN System Support to the
AU and its NEPAD
Meeting of the Committee of Experts of the 3rd Joint Annual
Meetings of the AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and
Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance,
Planning and Economic Development
25-28 March 2010, Lilongwe, Malawi
RCM-Africa Structure
Main Achievements
Strengthening RCM - Africa
– Effective cooperation among UN System organizations
– Effective Cooperation between UN and African regional and subregional
– Institutional Support to the AU, NPCA, and RECs
– Advocacy and Communication
• 10th Session of RCM-Africa
– Issues discussed
– Outcome and recommendations
• Challenges and Constraints
• Way Forward
Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) - Africa
Mechanism established to coordinate UN systemwide support to the AU and its NEPAD
programme, at regional and subregional levels
Minimize fragmentation and high transaction costs
Improve coordination and coherence
Help UN System to ‘Deliver as one’ in support of AU and
its NEPAD programme
Structure of the RCM-Africa
coordination mechanism
9 Thematic Clusters
Cluster coordination
UN System organizations
& Organizations, AUC,
Africa’s Development
Major Achievements
• Moved from inter-agency consultative
meeting to a mechanism for providing
coherent and coordinated support to African
regional and sub regional organizations
• Beneficiaries-AU, NPCA, and RECs - now
part and parcel of the mechanism, from what
initially started as a UN affair
• ‘Delivering as One’ concept gained
increased acceptance with UN System
organizations rethinking their way of working
to move to a more collective approach
Strengthening RCMAfrica
1. Effective cooperation among UN System
– Substantive support to the organization and
implementation of cluster activities
Notable example-Regional Media Dialogue on
NEPAD (19-20 February 2009)
– Unable to develop business plan for
Hampering joint mobilization of resources
and monitoring and evaluation system for
Strengthening RCMAfrica
2. Cooperation between UN and African
regional and subregional organizations
Increased enthusiasm and heighten participation by
members in their respective cluster
Intensified efforts by cluster to establish business
plans to embark on interagency joint programming
and joint implementation of specific projects
3 have developed business plans
– Social and Human Development, Peace and Security and
Environment, Urbanization and Population
Significant increase in UN support to areas of focus
of AU and its NEPAD programme
Strengthening RCMAfrica
3. Institutional Support to the AU, NPCA, and
– Analytical Studies
• Assessment of the Role of the Private Sector and Civil Society in the
implementation of the NEPAD programme, June 2009
– Shared Knowledge
• Consultative meeting to discuss modalities to effectively support AU in
the context of UN-AU Cooperation Framework
• Briefing session on needs assessment mission to NPCA
– Technical Support
• Special Session of the APF on Climate Change (2-3 September 2009)
• AU/NEPAD Africa Action Plan
• Training workshop for officials from the NPCA, the RECs and other
implementing organs ‘Project planning, monitoring and evaluation on
implementation of the AU/NEPAD African Action Plan’ –early December
• Open Forum on NEPAD, 7 November 2009 to enhance ownership and
partnership in NEPAD programme
– Advisory Services
• Provided NPCA expertise in areas of Knowledge Management and
Strengthening RCM-Africa
4. Advocacy and Communication
– Developed an advocacy and communication
strategy for RCM-Africa
Branding of RCM-Africa
Exhibition to showcase cluster joint outputs
and promote ‘Delivering as One’ concept (4-7
November 2009)
– Promotes achievements of UN support to
the AU and its NEPAD programme
ICE meetings
10th Session of RCM-Africa
Issues discussed
– Achievements and Outcomes of the RCM and its
Clusters in 2009
– UN support to Climate-related Actions at the
Regional Level
– linkages between RCM and the Regional Directors
Team (RDT)
– emerging institutional and structural changes in the
– Review of the Ten-Year Capacity-Building
Programme for the African Union
10th Session of RCM-Africa
Outcomes and Recommendations
UN System organizations need to work more closely with the
different departments within the AUC to tap more effectively
into the expertise and resources available.
UN Support to Climate-related Actions at the Regional Level
Upscale funding for policy and capacity-building activities
Establish and operationalise mechanisms to facilitate joint
resource mobilization or joint budgetary contributions and
Provide support to the Comprehensive Framework of African
Climate Change Programmes; and AU/NEPAD climate change
initiatives including ClimDev-Africa and its ACPC, African
Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development
(AMESD), and Great Green Wall among others
Anticipate and proactively programme to meet demands from
member states and regional organizations for the implementation
of the outcomes from the Copenhagen negotiations
Mainstream climate change into the work of all clusters
10th Session of RCM-Africa
Outcomes and Recommendations cont…
Need for improved synergy and coordination to avoid
overlapping of activities and wastage of resources by
developing effective and workable mechanisms
between the RDTs and RCM
Set up a task force to look into existing
coordination mechanisms at the subregional
levels and recommend options for establishing
the sub-regional coordination mechanism,
including building on existing mechanisms
Popularize the TYCBP at the UN, AU and
RECs levels and undertake the TYCBP review
and mobilize necessary resources from other
UN agencies
Challenges and Constraints
• Need to develop common work
programme, which reconciles member
• Lack of RCM-Africa monitoring and
evaluation framework
• Need to articulate AU Commission
capacity gap and operationalize Ten-Year
Capacity Building Programme
• Challenge in establishing SRCMs due to
multiplicity of RECs
Way Forward
There is a need for …
• Financing mechanism to support
functioning of the RCM Secretariat
• Establishment of a M&E system for
• Enhancing regular inter and intra-cluster
communication, information sharing,
consultation and joint planning
• Establishing formal linkages between
RCM-Africa, SRCM and RDTs
• Actively engaging RECs as an important
stakeholder in SRCM
Thank You!