UN agencies to maximise benefit of development support to CHTFeb 8, 2016
“The United Nations is now one team with one vision and one programme for the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The new programmatic framework is more than just a collection of programmes. It is a basis for comprehensive cooperation between UN agencies, development partners and the Government,” said Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, at a meeting of UN agencies with other development partners today.
“It is a roadmap for supporting the aspirations of all CHT people and for facilitating sustainable and inclusive development in the region over the next seven years,” he added, at the opening plenary of the consultation workshop with development partners held at a city hotel.
The UN agencies, led by FAO, UNICEF and UNDP, are working together under programme framework focusing on three main development areas – Sustainable Livelihood, Social Services, and Governance and Social Cohesion. These are translated into three pillars of support covering agriculture, food security, poverty reduction, forestry and natural resources management, social safety, education, health, nutrition, capacity development of CHT institutions, access to justice and citizens’ participation. Under the programme framework, 12 out of 17 Sustainable Development are covered.
The new programme approach is expected to significantly improve synergies amongst agencies, reduce operational costs and enhance development efforts, while helping to minimize overlaps.
“We are encouraged that the partners recognise the value of a holistic programme approach for addressing peace and development challenges in the CHT. Together we can more strongly advocate for policy change, particularly in the harmonisation of decentralisation and local government laws and regulations with the Peace Accords,” said Pauline Tamesis, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh.
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More than 50 participants including representatives from the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA), UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, UN Women, UNFPA, ILO, UNESCO, WFP, USAID, Japan, DFID, EU, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, ADB Australia and World Bank, took part in the meeting.