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UNDAF Guidance Materials

The UNDAF is the strategic programme framework that describes the collective response of the UN system to national development priorities. The General Assembly, in the 2007 Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (TCPR), 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.

This page aims to provide UN Country Teams with all existing UNDAF guidance materials and tools for developing a quality UNDAF.  For more information, guidance and tools on the five programming principles please see the site on UN Country Programming Principles.  For examples of UNDAF documents, please visit: www.undg.org/undafexamples.

For UNDAF roll-out related resources by the Regional UNDG Teams please refer to the following pages: UNDAF Roll-out ListAsia & Pacific, Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe & CIS.

UNDAF Guidance and Support Package

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UNDAF Guidance and Support Package (English)
UNDAF Guidance and Support Package (Spanish)
UNDAF Guidance and Support Package (French)
UNDAF Guidance and Support Package (Arabic)
Additional UNDAF Materials & Tools

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UNDAF Roll-out Countries 2013-2016
August 2013
UNDG/ECHA Guidance Note on Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Transition Settings
January 2013
The Guidance Note has been produced by a Task Team within the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the Executive Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA). It helps UN Country Teams and UN Missions to understand the positive and negative roles that natural resources can play in peace consolidation. It provides practical guidance on how to feed in to transitional analysis and planning frameworks including: Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA), Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP), peace building frameworks and tools, the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The guidance provides diagnostic tools to assist in deciding where and when natural resource management issues need to be addressed, how this can be done, what types of roles the UN can take on, and how the UN can support other actors.
UNEG Guidance - UNDAF Evaluations
Operational guidelines for UNCTs for the implementation of Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs
February 2013
Operational guidelines for the UN country teams for the implementation of Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2011-2020
Framework of operational guidelines on UN support to South-South and triangular cooperation
May 2012
South-South cooperation for development. Note by the Secretary-General.
UNDG Results-based Management Handbook
October 2011
Harmonizing RBM concept and approaches for improved development results at country level. Endorsed by the UNDG RBM task Team and incorporating comments from UNDAF Programming Network
UNDG Results-based Management Handbook - Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions for UNDAF Evaluations
Guidance Document. Prepared by the UN Evaluation Group in collaboration with UNDOCO, these Frequently Asked Questions provide answers to questions regarding various aspects related to UNDAF evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions
April 2011
Comparative Advantage Note
April 2011
This is a draft technical note on assessing UNCT Comparative Advantages for UNDAF preparation and implementation. Please note that this document is not an official UNDG guidance document and could still be subject to change.
UNDAF options paper
Describes the key benefits and issues to consider for each of the different options of developing an UNDAF and UNDAF Action Plan. Please note that this is not an official UNDG guidance document and could still be subject to change.
UPDATED RBM Technical Briefs on Outcomes, Outputs, Indicators, and Assumptions & Risks
February 2011
This file includes the technical briefs on outcomes, outputs, indicators and assumptions & risks as updated in February 2011. This is an informal note and has not been approved by the UNDG and serves as an information note for RBM efforts in the UNDAF framework.
Interim Guidance - Common Country Programme Document
This note is an interim guidance note for country teams planning to prepare a common country programme document.
Regional UNDAF Roll-out Workshops – Materials

Four regional UNDAF-roll out workshops were held in Bangkok, Kigali, Dakar and Panama City in March and April of 2011.

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UNDAF Regional Workshops 2011 Slides English
UNDAF Regional Workshops 2011 Slides Spanish
UNDAF Regional Workshops 2011 Slides French