Creating partnerships for synergies!

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In building and leading UNDP’s relations with existing donors as well as new strategic partners, we ensure an integrated, networked and coordinated approach to resource mobilization and partnerships. UNDP in Ghana achieves effective coordination by cultivating productive partnerships with the Government of Ghana (GoG), bilateral and multilateral partners, private sector and civil society.

Coordination with donors and other UN agencies
UNDP coordinates the development activities of the United Nations in Ghana. UNDP and other agencies have been propelling UN “Delivering as One”, and providing a coordinated response to Ghana’s national priorities. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources. UNDP takes an active part in donor dialogue at different levels in order to support aid coordination and aid effectiveness agenda.

Collaboration With the UK Department for International Development (Dfid)
Small Arms and Light Weapons Reduction Project
Based on lessons learned from an initial Small Arms and Light Weapons Reduction project, UNDP has initiated a follow-up programme, jointly designed with additional support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), to meet the challenges of small arms proliferation, with an emphasis on alternative livelihoods and community development.

Spaces for Change Project
UNDP and DFID collaborated on the Spaces for Change Project with a contribution from the DFID Strategic Intervention Fund. The project aimed was aimed at strengthening the capacity of Civil society Organizations (CSO) for collaboration and advocacy on national policy issues; improve CSO understanding of and input in policy processes; enhance the legitimacy, credibility and accountability of CSOs; and improve the legislative environment for CSO development in Ghana.

Partnership with Government of Japan
Building Partnerships for Aid Effectiveness
To promote aid coherence, UNDP Ghana forged a new partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Embassy of Japan, the German development agency GIZ and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Through the Ghana Aid Harmonization Action Plan, they jointly analyzed donor technical assistance and its contribution to local capacity development. The objective was to produce evidence-based guidelines for more effective planning and action on training and technical assistance by ministries, departments, and agencies. This helped preparations for the 2008 Monitoring Survey based on the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

Economic Governance Project –Private Enterprise Foundation
The program, implemented by the Private Enterprise Foundation, seeks to improve corporate governance in Ghana. In particular, the initiative helps to strengthen the public sector regulatory framework for pro-poor private sector development and also to build the capacity of the private sector for enhanced growth through improved corporate governance. The Government of Japan (GoJ) is supporting through Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Initiative in support of APRM and financed through the Japanese Partnership Trust Fund.

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
The UNDP through its regional advisor and the Ghana Country office have been nurturing support for the sub-region and the country office to tackle the proliferation of small arms. This has resulted in the Government of Japan through the UNDP providing a regional capacity building support project undertaken at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping and Training Centre. This support worth approximately US$ 2,500,000  is aimed at building capacity within the ECOWAS sub-region to tackle the issue of small arms proliferation/control and is to be channeled through UNDP in Ghana to KAIPTC.

Human Security Programme

The Human Security Programme responds to the complex needs of northern Ghana by building on the strengths of a UN collaboration. UNDP (lead agency), UNICEF, WFP, FAO, UNIDO, and UNU collaborate with the Government at the national and local levels as well as with civil society organizations and communities leaders to support this comprehensive programme. The goal of the programme is to empower local institutions, communities, and individuals to manage and prevent conflict in Northern Ghana as a means to ensure sustainable human security.

Africa Adaptation Programme

Ghana has been selected as one of 21 countries in Africa to benefit from a UNDP programme of support by the Government of Japan. The programme “Supporting Integrated and Comprehensive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa” seeks to assist Ghana in incorporating climate change risks and opportunities into national development processes to secure development gains under a changing climate. The Programme supports Ghana to establish an enabling environment and develop the capacity required at local and national levels to design, finance, implement, monitor and adjust long-term, integrated and cost-effective adaptation policies and plans that are robust within a wide range of possible changes in climate conditions.

The Programme is expected to lay the foundations for follow-up investments by the World Bank and other national, regional and multilateral financial institutions; as well as forge cooperation with other ongoing adaptation programmes at the national, regional, and global level, including programmes supported by the GEF and other development partners.

Global Environment Facility
The GEF provides grants to support projects in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, phase-out ozone depleting substances, and persistent organic pollutants. UNDP supports the development of projects in the areas covered by the GEF, and also manages five corporate programmes: the Global Support Programme for National Capacity Self-Assessment, the National Communication Support Program, the Country Support Programme, the National Dialogue Initiative and the Small Grants Programme. At the national level, UNDP Ghana has supported with US$15.715 million grant funds covering four GEF focal areas. The GEF Small Grants Programme, which supports small-scale activities in GEF focal areas and the generation of sustainable livelihoods by non-governmental and community-based organizations is worth another US$1.62 million in GEF grants.

Joint Support for Strengthening National Avian Influenza Preparedness
Since the first case was detected in April 2007, two more outbreaks of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) were reported in Ghana. With other members of the UN country team and USAID, UNDP is helping the government to intensify public awareness, conduct an alternative livelihood analysis, and design and implement alternative livelihood programmes, as part of national preparedness for HPAI.

Private Sector Partneships
Public-Private Partnership with MTN Foundation
In line with MDG 8 and UNDP’s commitment to building global partnerships for development, UNDP signed in 2008 a public-private partnership with the MTN Foundation for a community-based educational project within its ICT for Development programme. This MTN ICT Centres of Learning project aims to expand ICT literacy in deprived communities in support of government efforts to bridge the digital divide between them and communities with better facilities. It concentrates on reaching deprived areas of Ghana that have no access to ICT infrastructure, and on building capacity to take advantage of improved access to ICT and its related benefits. This project is expected to have a positive impact on implementation in very deprived communities of the ICT component of the new educational reforms. Additionally, the project will augment the Community Information Centre (CIC) initiative.

Cadbury Cocoa Partnership

In January 2008, the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership was established in partnership with the UNDP, local governments, farmers and communities. UNDP continues to provide technical advise and support through a representative acting as Strategic Advisor to the Board. This project aims to secure the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of farmers and their communities.

In recent years, ‘partnerships’ have emerged as an increasingly important element in the development arena. The former UN Secretary–General, Kofi Annan underlined the significance of partnerships in his remark, “The UN once dealt only with governments. By now we know that peace and prosperity cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community and civil society.”

The development of strong strategic partnerships is crucial to the success of UNDP’s programmes. Partnerships are required to ensure that interventions made by UNDP and other stakeholders complement and reinforce one another, aimed at maximizing development results and the use of financial resources. For that purpose, UNDP Ghana has increasingly emphasized partnership development with the Government, multilateral and bilateral partners, other UN agencies, and civil society organizations.

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