2007 Resident Coordinator Annual Report
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 RCAR 2007 - Lao PDR

In 2007, the UN Country Team focused on helping Lao PDR align with the global and regional development agenda, in the areas of aid reform and effectiveness, equitable growth and regional integration, and rights-based approaches in the context of poverty reduction and the MDGs, among others.

During the first half of the year, focus was placed on supporting the Government in developing a Country Action Plan that operationalises the five sections of the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. This was adopted in May 2007. As part of the follow-up process, the Country Team agreed internally on a division of labour, with individual agencies taking joint responsibility with the Government for implementation of different parts of the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan, on behalf of the UN system. The UN Country Team now looks at progressively implementing its commitments under the Vientiane Declaration and the Country Action Plan, linking this with its internal agenda for UN reform.

As in the previous year, Lao PDR saw its GDP growing at over 7 percent in 2007. This is to a large extent due to massive foreign direct investments in the exploitation of the country’s natural resources. The UN Country Team worked with the Government to ensure that there is growth with equity, and revenues from natural resource based growth are converted into human resource wealth. Through the Round Table process, the UN encouraged open debate on the opportunities and challenges of natural resource-based growth. Trade remains another important driver of growth in Lao PDR, and trade liberalisation is a priority in the Government’s strategy for poverty reduction. In 2007, progress was made in preparing for Lao PDR’s accession to the World Trade Organisation, with the successful holding of the Third Working Party Meeting. Lao PDR also continued to implement its obligations under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, with the completion and endorsement of a national strategy and action plan on ASEAN economic integration. Efforts toward private sector development continued, with simplification of rules and procedures, and new steps taken for creating a legal environment that is conducive to investments.

The UN Country Team continued and strengthened its attention to building rights-based responses. As a result, human rights concerns are increasingly taken into account by the Government, such as in the development of new, and review of, existing policies that may have negative impacts on certain groups of the population. A key event in 2007 was the ratification by the Government of Lao PDR of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in February. While the Government, with help from the UN, now looks at implementing its obligations, it also is taking an active role in the international movement to ban cluster munitions. The visit of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General in November to discuss the Myanmar issue with the Government and ask for their support is testimony to the increasing importance of Lao PDR as a player in regional affairs. In November, Lao PDR signed the ASEAN charter, which is anchoring the country even more firmly in the region. The charter, besides establishing ASEAN as a legal entity, resolves to create an ASEAN human rights body.

Summary on progress towards UNDAF outcomes


The UN Country Team has provided continued support to the Government’s Sixth National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP), 2006-2010, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through making important progress in all three UNDAF outcome areas:

1. By 2011, the livelihoods of poor, vulnerable and food insecure populations are enhanced through sustainable development; 2. By 2011, increased and more equitable access to and utilization of quality and prioritized social services; and 3. By 2011, strengthened capacities of public and private institutions to fulfil their duties and greater people’s participation in governance and advocacy for the promotion of human rights in conformity with the Millennium Declaration.

Under UNDAF outcome 1, the Country Team collectively focused on improving food security and livelihoods of poor people, by combining upstream policy advice and technical assistance – on matters including the new national nutrition policy, the new forestry law, land concessions and their impact on the right to food, the maintenance of biodiversity as a means to mitigate the impact of climate change, private sector development as part of the strategy for reducing poverty, or the Round Table Process as a mechanism for alignment of external aid with national development priorities - with downstream hands-on interventions and service delivery. Noteworthy are the support provided to the Government in the area of UXO clearance and awareness raising, and the provision of alternative livelihoods to former opium poppy growing communities in a province of Northern Laos through a new joint programme of UNIDO and UNODC. Important progress was achieved in increasing the Government’s capacity in the collection, analysis and utilisation of data for evidence-based advocacy, policy development and planning, with the results of two important surveys carried out by the National Statistics Centre with support from UNICEF and WFP respectively becoming available. As part of the process of developing the mid-term MDG progress report for Lao PDR and based on the sobering findings of the two new surveys, the UN Country Team led an open dialogue on a number of critical issues for socio-economic development - including chronic child malnutrition and maternal mortality - with the Government. In 2008, the Country Team will shift its focus from advocacy for these issues to bringing about tangible development results.

Under UNDAF outcome 2, a number of important achievements were made in 2007, which include a drastic increase in the rate of one year-old children immunised against measles, with over 95 percent of children aged between nine and 15 months effectively reached. This is due to committed political support by the highest echelons of the Government, combined with strong technical support by the UN Country Team. Also in the area of health, access of urban and rural populations to safe drinking water and improved sanitation increased significantly, thanks to a strong national policy framework and committed support by UN partners. In the area of HIV/AIDS, the UN Country Team contributed to better awareness among policy makers of the challenges that Lao PDR faces and which make it a low-prevalence but high-risk country. Among its 2007 achievements is the support provided to the Government to set up a National Task Force on HIV and drugs, which is co-chaired by the Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision and the Ministry of Health. The Country Team also developed a joint programme of support to AIDS, which encompasses the entirety of contributions of the UN Country Team in the area of HIV/AIDS and will be launched in 2008. In the area of education, the UN Country Team co-chaired and actively supported the Government-Donor Sector Working Group on Education, which has made important progress on developing a Sector-Wide Approach, in line with the spirit of the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Country Action Plan. At the policy level, the UN worked with the Government on all aspects of implementation of the Education For All, and through the UN Theme Group on Education (one of seven UN theme groups which were revitalised in 2007 and are chaired at the level of heads of agencies) provided inputs and comments on the Lao Education for All Mid-Decade Assessment. On the ground, the UN Country Team helped increase the access of children, and particularly girls, to basic education through a joint programme of UNICEF and WFP.

Under UNDAF outcome 3, important inroads have been made to encourage greater people’s participation in policy and development planning. Interventions included the facilitation by the UN Country Team of high-level dialogue among political leaders to enable Government partnership with social organisations to deliver services towards poverty reduction. The Prime Minister's Office is now working on a decree to this effect. In 2007, the first community radio station in Lao PDR, which broadcasts in Lao as well as local languages, was inaugurated jointly by the Government and the UN. This contributes to increased and more equal access of rural and vulnerable people to timely and relevant information. A huge success was the call-in hotline provided for citizens established during the sessions of the National Assembly, which the Lao public made extensive use of in 2007. Issues brought to the attention of the National Assembly members, including controversial ones, were addressed by National Assembly committees. Gains in transparency and accountability were also achieved through UN support to setting up local councils in village communities, with participation of both women and men, as mechanisms for participatory planning and the provision of block grants.

With support from the Action 2 Global Programme, the UN Country Team and agency staff were familiarised with the human rights-based approach to programming. In a second project phase which will be implemented in 2008, the Country Team will undertake a rights-based audit of the UNDAF.

Summary on progress in UN Reform


In 2007 and after discussions with the Government, the UN Country Team adopted a two-pronged strategy for increased coherence, building upon the existing momentum among UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF in the context of the Harmonised Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) and further integration of their Country Programme Action Plans, and the facilitation of partnerships among UN agencies through joint programmes and other joint initiatives such as the support to the aid reform agenda.

i. The UNDAF outcomes are derived from national priorities outlined in the Sixth National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) 2006-2010, and relate to MDG achievement. To ensure that the NSEDP meets the objectives of improving people’s lives, the UN Country Team helped to strengthen the Monitoring and Evaluation component of the Sixth Plan, including support to participatory planning at the district level. ii. In light of the findings of two new surveys supported by the UN, the imperative of ensuring continued attention of decision makers to the MDGs was emphasised by the UN Country Team at every occasion, and most prominently through a concerted approach at the Round Table Implementation Meeting in November. Strong support was provided to the Government in the formulation of Lao PDR’s mid-term MDG progress report, which will be launched in the first half of 2008. The report shows that while Lao PDR is well on track for achieving a number of targets, particularly in the areas of income poverty reduction, primary education enrolment, and child mortality reduction, urgent attention is required by some of the other targets, such as the one on reduction of hunger. Using disaggregated data for the first time, the report will be used by the Government to inform the provincial and district planning and budgeting process for the fiscal year 2008/2009, and feed into the mid-term review of the NSEDP scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2008.

iii. During 2007, the UN in Lao PDR was the lead support for the Government in formulating the Country Action Plan operationalising the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which was adopted in May. As part of the follow-up process, the Country Team agreed internally on a division of labour, with individual agencies taking responsibility for implementation of different parts of the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan, on behalf of the UN system.

In line with its commitments under the Vientiane Declaration, the UN Country Team, through the different agencies, worked toward strengthening the technical and coordination capacity of Government in various areas. In terms of collective initiatives, the Country Team supported the Government in developing an action plan for strengthening its disaster preparedness and response capacity based on the recommendations of the UNDAC mission in February 2007. Also, the UN provided joint support to strengthening the capacity of the National Avian and Human Influenza Coordination Office and relevant line ministries under the National Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Preparedness Plan. Similarly, through the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, it supported the Government in fulfilling its obligations under the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT), which aims at creating a sustained and effective system of cross-border cooperation and collaboration to combat human trafficking. Finally, with the macro and micro assessments carried out under HACT, the Country Team has laid the groundwork for collaborative action to strengthen the financial management capacity of implementing partners, which it will undertake in 2008. This ties in with the ongoing work of the World Bank and the Asian Development bank to strengthen Lao PDR’s public financial management system.

iv. Joint programmes represent a critical dimension of implementing the UNDAF in Lao PDR, and are considered tools for better utilisation of our resources and collective expertise, to enhance the impact of our interventions. In 2007, the UN Country Team was successful in launching two new joint programmes between UNODC and UNIDO, and UNDP and UNCDF, respectively, in addition to two ongoing ones of WFP and UNICEF and UNDP and UNIDO, respectively. Furthermore, the UN Country Team, in cooperation with the Government of the Lao PDR, is currently finalising three new large-scale joint programmes for support on HIV/AIDS, on sustainable livelihoods, and on support to the National Assembly, which will all be launched in the second half of 2008. All three new joint programmes include strong capacity development components.

2007 was a successful year for HACT. After having completed the macro-assessment and micro-assessment of their six joint implementing partners in 2006, the HACT agencies UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF focused on providing comprehensive training on HACT and the use of the FACE form in English and Lao languages to agency staff and staff of all their implementing partners in the first half of 2007. On 1 July 2007, HACT was rolled out to all projects of the three agencies and with all their implementing partners, joint and individual. So far, in the first half year of implementation, no major problems were encountered.

Other highlights in coordination that the UN Country Team in Lao PDR achieved during 2007 include the set-up of its new UN Dispensary in May 2007, which is staffed with an international physician and an international nurse. The medical service is frequently used by staff of all agencies and their families, and several embassies have approached the Country Team to ask if their staff could join the scheme. Also, 2007 has seen a strong media profile of the UN in Lao PDR due to joint initiatives in the context of World Environment Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, World Food Day, UN Day and World AIDS Day, as well as in the context of the visit of FAO Goodwill Ambassador Roberto Baggio in September.

Key aspects of the proposed 2008 workplan


With the proposed 2008 workplan, the UN Country Team aims to build on its successes of 2007, and further enhance its coherence, effectiveness and efficiency to achieve development results. The joint initiatives that it has undertaken in 2007 have helped to build trust among the members of the Country Team, in which five out of eight heads of resident agencies have newly joined the team in 2006 and 2007. Based on successful team building and the good progress made on UN reform last year, the Country Team agreed with the Government that it would develop a bolder strategy and road map for taking the reform agenda forward jointly with the Government. As a first step, a joint Government-UN visit to Viet Nam was organised in January 2008, to learn first hand from the UN reform experience there.

Substantive key aspects of the proposed UN Country Team workplan for 2008 include supporting the Government in finalising the 2008 mid-term MDG progress report, and on its basis, developing an operational MDG strategy programme. It will also provide substantive support to the Government in the mid-term review of the National Socio Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) 2006-2010, and ensure that important findings from the 2008 MDG Report are reflected. As important tools for UNDAF implementation, three new joint programmes will be launched, one on support to HIV/AIDS, one on sustainable livelihoods and one on support to an efficient National Assembly - one for each of the three UNDAF outcome areas.

Building on good experiences with joint advocacy in 2007, through which the UN Country Team succeeded to bringing the issue of malnutrition to the top of the Government’s development agenda, it is envisaged to develop a joint UN communications and knowledge management strategy in 2008. This strategy will be substantively centred on a few critical development issues that the Country Team agreed to jointly take forward in 2008, and which are linked to the MDGs.

Recommendations


None.




   2007 Results and Use of Funds

2007 Results and Use of Funds
Part One: Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (Results 2007)
Key Result Area Outcome Name    Comments
UNDAFOutcome 1By 2011, the livelihoods of poor, vulnerable and food insecure populations are enhanced. 
UNDAFOutcome 2By 2011, increased and more equitable access to and utilization of quality and prioritized social services.The UNDAF Annual Review process for 2007 is not yet completed, and a theme group analysis on progress toward achievement of the UNDAF Outcome not yet available.  
UNDAFOutcome 3By 2011, strengthened capacities of public and private institutions to fulfill their duties and greater people’s participation in governance and advocacy for the promotion of human rights in conformity with the Millennium Declaration.The UNDAF Annual Review process for 2007 is not yet completed, and a theme group analysis on progress toward achievement of the UNDAF Outcome not yet available.  
UNDAFOutcome 4   
UNDAFOutcome 5   
Part Two: Coordination Results
Key Results Area Expected Outputs1 Performance Indicators2 Actual Outputs at Year End Funds required/spent at Year End Additional Support Needed from HQ or Regional Director's Team Target Date
SRC UNCCF UN Agencies Other
Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Result Area 1: Coordination for Results
UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy
UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP The UN Country Team will provide substantive policy support to the government in the implementation of the National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) 2006-2010. This includes assistance in the preparation of an implementation plan, M&E framework, prioritisation and castings, and ensuring appropriate linkages with national budgets.

1. NSEDP implementation plan, M&E framework and other supporting plans are in place and incorporate MDG indicators.

The UN Country Team has provided substantive support to the government through the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) in the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Work is still ongoing on the NSEDP implementation plan, the M&E framework and other supporting plans, and expected to be finalised in 2008.

       
UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and/or the UNDG Action Plan on the Development Outcome of the World Summit 3 (MDG Action Plan) * 1. 2nd National MDG Progress Report is developed under government leadership with substantive and operational support from the UN Country Team.

2. Strategy that includes practical and realistic policy options and projects to accompany programmes outlined in the NSEDP is developed with substantive support from the UN Country Team for areas that need more targeted attention to successfully achieve the MDGs, based on the analysis and recommendations from the MDG 2007 Report.

3. Comprehensive MDG campaign strategy developed with substantive and operational support from the UN Country Team.

4.National capacity in data collection, research, analysis and use of data is improved, and quality of data and projections for improved planning and monitoring ensured. LaoInfo is increasingly used by line ministries to track progress of NSEDP implementation.

1. 2nd National MDG Progress Report finalised and submitted to National Supervisory Committee for endorsement.

2. MDG strategy paper finalised and submitted to National Supervisory Committee for endorsement. The strategy paper will also include a proposal for the establishment of an MDG fund to finance additional activities.

3. Comprehensive MDG campaign strategy finalised and submitted to National Supervisory Committee for endorsement.

4. LaoInfo is updated, which leads to better quality and use of available statistical data.

1. After consultations on a preliminary draft report with the government in December and January, the draft second MDG Progress Report will be finalised during February. After a round of consultations with government, the UN Country team and development partners, the government wants to finalise the report by 31 March 2008.

2. The MDG strategy in line with the findings of the MDG Report will be finalised by 31 March 2008.

3. The work on the MDG campaign strategy is underway and will be copleted by 29 February 2008. Organisation of one Open Space workshop on MDG campaigning in 2007 with multiple stakeholders, and production of MDG advocacy materials (posters, calendar). Hiring of a photographer (short-term) and establishment of an MDG photo library for use by all UN agencies in the UNDP Public Information Office.

4. After announcement, in mid-2007, of the phase-out of Swedish development assistance to Lao PDR (Sweden being the main supporter of the National Statistics Department over the past 17 years), the UN Country Team decided to rethink the support that it can provide comprehensively to strengthening national capacities in data collection, research, analysis and the use of data. This will form part of our 2008 work plan.

$85,695.38

       
UN support to capacity development strategies

       
UN assistance to national authorities for the preparation of the national report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs 4 * 1.National report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action on LDCs drafted by the Government with support of the UN Country Team, as required.

2.Government supported in providing inputs to regional-level preparation for the Mid-Term Review of the Almaty Plan of Action in 2008, as required.

National report drafted and submitted, as required in line with global reporting requirements.

No requests for support from the Government were received during 2007.

       
Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

       
Other

       
Aid Coordination / Management / Paris Declaration
Planned efforts to making use of national systems in the areas such as programme/project reporting, PRS/sectoral monitoring and evaluation systems, annual PRS/sectoral performance reviews, national procurement systems, etc

       
UN support to aid coordination/management 1.Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness finalised and adopted, Vientiane Declaration Plan of Action endorsed and resources mobilised.

2.Development outcomes are ensured through UN Country Team support to the Government and donors in implementing the Vientiane Declaration Action Plan and the Round Table Process, as needed.

3.Information sharing and policy dialogue among resident and non-resident development partners in Lao PDR is ensured through Informal Quarterly Donor Meetings, which are organised by UN.

4.Up-to-date information on UN and donors' development activities in Lao PDR is available.

1.1 Plan of Action to operationalise Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness is approved by high-level group of donors and government. 1.2 More bilateral donors have signed the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

2.1 Vientiane Declaration Action Plan implementation is on track. 2.2 Review of existing Sector Working Groups was carried out with support from the UN and recommendations for change shared with government for their decision-making. 2.3 Annual Round Table Process meeting held in November 2007 and attended by government, donors, UN agencies and INGOs.

3.1 Four IQDMs have taken place in 2007, led by the RC, with increased participation of INGOs, non-resident donors as well as non-traditional donors. 3.2 Non-resident donors have used the Office of the Resident Coordinator increasingly as main provider of information and channel for their inputs to Vientiane Declaration Plan of Action.

4. Version 3 of the Donor and Development Partner Profiles is released.

1. Vientiane Declaration and Country Action Plan finalised and adopted.

2. UN Country Team provided support to the Government, with agencies volunteering to be development partner focal points accountable for taking forward commitments under the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan jointly with the Government lead agencies. A review of the existing Sector Working Groups was carried out with support from the UN and recommendations for change made. Also, the UN, through UNDP, has been the lead support to Government in planning and conducting the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) in November 2007, and a series of substantive pre-meetings. By inviting Nobel Prize Laureate Joseph Stiglitz to interact with the Government in the context of the RTIM, UNDP and the UN Country Team contributed to bringing, for the first time, the controversial issue of natural resource-based growth our in the arena of public debate. Also, through a concerted effort for speaking with one voice at the RTIM on the part of the UN agencies, the UN Country Team successfully brought the forgotten issue of malnutrition on top of the development agenda. A review of the Sector Working Groups' performance and structure in March 2007 has fed into Government decision-making for their strengthening.

3. Four Informal Quarterly Donor Meetings held in 2008, bringing together resident and non-resident donors. A major achievement was the increasing and active participation of non-traditional donors.

4. Updated information on UN and donors' development activities was compiled and made publicly available on 2007. Yet another update is about to be issued, in March 2008.

       
Other

       
UNDAF/Common Programming
Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle * 1.CCA 2006 and UNDAF 2007-2011 are published.

2.Country Programmes of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF are formally aligned with the NSEDP. WFP projects under the UNDAF are aligned with the NSEDP. UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF have harmonised CPAPs, which were jointly endorsed by the government.

3.CCA and UNDAF documents are translated in Lao language and widely disseminated to foster a better understanding of the UN programming framework and its relationship to the national development priorities.

1.Both documents have officially been launched, and a second Joint Strategy Meeting with the government and development partners was held.

2.Joint signature of the three CPAPs by the government took place. The event was publicised jointly by the three agencies.

3.UNDAF and CCA published in Lao language and disseminated.

1. Printing of the CCA and UNDAF documents were postponed to 2008 because of delays caused by slow government endorsement of proposed cover designs and, eventually, lack of availability of funds. Translation into Lao language was not undertaken.

2. UNDP's, UNFPA's and UNICEF's CPAPs were harmonised. UNDP and UNFPA jointly signed their CPAPs with the Government, and all three agencies issued a joint press release.

       
Preparation of CCA/UNDAF

       
Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (inputs provided by theme group chairs) * 1.Transaction costs for Government counterparts reduced by merger of ExCom agencies' separate annual programme reviews with Government into one joint annual programme review.

2.Joint ExCom agencies' annual results report produced.

3.Forward looking review of first and second UNDAF carried out to form basis of a realistic strategy on taking forward the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on System-wide coherence in Lao PDR.

1.1 Development of a joint ExCom annual review format, based on expansion of UNICEF's annual review mechanism to include the other ExCom agencies, and first joint annual programme review carried out end 2007/early 2008. 1.2 Reduction in transaction costs is demonstrable through available data on time spent by Government personnel on ExCom agencies' annual programme reviews.

2.Joint annual results report format agreed and report produced.

3.UNDAF review and strategy for implementation of UN reform in Lao PDR drafted and endorsed by UNCT at a strategic retreat in April 2007.

1. The UNDAF Annual Review process for 2007 is not yet completed, and a theme group analysis on progress toward achievement of the UNDAF Outcome not yet available. It is anticipated that the joint UNDAF annual review meeting take place in March 2008.

2. A forward-looking review of the UNDAF 2002-2006 was carried out in January and February 2007, which fed into the development of a preliminary strategy for increased UN coherence developed at the Country Team strategic retreat in April 2008.

       
UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation 1.UNDAF theme groups are re-established, which ensure monitoring and evaluation of UNDAF 2007-2011 implementation, including the UNDAF annual review at the end of 2007/beginning of 2008.

1.1 Revised ToR for theme groups adopted and membership validated. 1.2 UNDAF M&E framework and plan finalised and implemented.

Seven UNDAF theme groups were re-established during May and June 2007, and held meetings thoughout the remainder of the year. The revision of the UNDAF M&E framework and the 2007 annual review are underway, and scheduled to be completed in March 2008.

       
Other

UN Country Team organised a strategic retreat in April 2007 to think through options for increased UN coherence in Laos and agree on a way forward (see retreat report attached to annual report). It was decided to focus on collaborative initiatives in the area of programming, and namely sustainable livelihoods, governance and HIV-AIDS.

$6,124.64 $19,650.00

       
Joint Programmes
Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * 1.Joint programme on HIV/AIDS finalised and ready to be implemented.

2.Joint programme on sustainable livelihoods finalised.

3.UN Theme Groups explore options for developing more joint programmes, particularly in the area of governance.

4.The possibility of establishing Communities of Practice to support the joint programme efforts is explored.

1.Project document for the joint programme on HIV/AIDS is signed.

2.Comprehensive needs assessment carried out in Oudomxay province and joint programme document finalised.

3.Progress has been made in developing a joint programme in the area of governance.

4.Depending on funding, at least two Communities of Practice are established that support the Country Team’s joint programme efforts.

1. Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS is near final and ready to begin implementation in the second half of 2008.

2. Joint Programme on Sustainable Livelihoods is under preparation. After extentive preparation work and engagement of the Government, a multi-agency comprehensive needs assessment was conducted in the two target districts of Oudomxay province between November 2007 and February 2008. Based on its findings, the joint programme document will be developed between March and May. It is anticipated that implementation of the joint programme begin in October 2008.

3. Joint Programme for Support to the National Assembly is under preparation. It is anticipated that implementation begin in July 2008.

4. No communities of practice were established, because of lack of funding. The Country Team will explore this further during 2008.

$1,069.71 $3,420.00

       
M&E of Joint Programmes

       
Other 1. Continued implementation of Avian and Human Influenza Coordination project, a joint initiative of the UN Country Team and primarily WHO, FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, WFP, the World Bank and ADB, aiming to support and strengthen Government capacity in preparation for a pandemic, coordination of internal avian and human influenza actions as well as external assistance, and response to the pandemic threat.

2. Continued implementation of Phase III of the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong sub-Region (UNIAP). UNIAP aims to: (a) Support Governments in the institutionalization of effective multi-sectoral approaches to combat trafficking; (b) Maximize the UN’s contribution to the overall anti-trafficking response, including the COMMIT process; (c) Facilitate optimal allocation and targeting of anti-trafficking resources, and; (d) Continue playing a catalytic role in the anti-trafficking response by identifying and supporting special projects to address new and emerging issues and opportunities.

1.1 National operational level pandemic preparedness plan developed and approved. 1.2 Lao PDR Matrix of AHI Support regularly updated and regular financing updates shared. 1.3 Study on socio-economic consequences of a pandemic outbreak conducted. 1.4 Cross-sectoral influenza working group meetings take place on monthly basis. 1.5 Partners’ Group convened on quarterly basis. 1.6 Desktop simulation exercise carried out to test UN Country Team preparedness plans. Revision prepared, approved and submitted. 1.7 UN staff training package finalised and staff training carried out. 1.8 2006 UN Country Team avian and human influenza implementation report finalised, good practices extracted and used as a tool for advocacy.

2.1 COMMIT Sub-Regional and National Plans of Action are effectively implemented. 2.2 UN responses are better aligned with national plans and priorities. 2.3 Trafficking issues are better mainstreamed into other developmental interventions. 2.4 Better awareness of human trafficking at national level. 2.5 Monitoring and evaluation systems and functions strengthened throughout the anti-trafficking sector. 2.6 Gaps in research or intervention have been identified and addressed.

1. The Avian and Human influenza Coordination Unit in the Office of the Resident Coordinator provided ongoing support to strengthen the capacity of the National Avian and human Infuenza Coordination Office. Specific outputs during 2007 include: 1.1 Avian Influenza hotline up and running; 1.2 Joint Implementation Review 2007 of the National Influenza Preparedness Plan facilitated; 1.3 Staff training package for UN staff completed in English and Lao languages, and staff trainings conducted; 1.4. UNCT Table-top exercise to validate Avian and Human Influenza contingency plan completed; 1.5 UN Avian and Human Influenza bulletin issued and shared internally as well as externally

2.1 Key COMMIT Sub-regional Plan of Action (SPA) interventions implemented. Alignment of targets and timelines of both GOL, the UN and INGOs through inter-agency process. SPA II with M&E component drafted and approved with UNIAP support. Final draft of the National Plan of Action currently being revised. 2.2 The Extended Working Group Meeting further strengthened with the RC co-chairing with the Government. 2.3 UNIAP part of the Joint Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, to integrate and mainstream anti-human trafficking work. 2.4 Awareness-raising strengthened with more joint activities with the Government and international agencies. 2.5 Human trafficking data sheet produced and distributed widely.

$52,341.49 $167,917.55

       
HACT
Plan for the roll-out/implementation 7 of HACT in the country * 1.Government understands HACT and knows the weaknesses that must be addressed within the six joint counterpart ministries of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

2.Cash transfer modalities are harmonised to a maximum extent possible, and annual audit and assurance plans agreed for each individual implementing partner and captured in UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF Annual Work Plans (AWPs).

3.UN staff and staff of implementing partner entities trained in use of FACE form.

4.Local HACT implementation guide developed to assist Implementing Partners in the use of the FACE form and HACT in general.

5.HACT implementation started on 1 July 2007.

1.Macro and micro assessments shared and discussed with the government.

2.1 Annual Work Plans include information on cash transfer modalities and annual audit and assurance plans. 2.2 One third of cash transfer modalities are harmonised by the end of 2007, and a strategic plan is in place for further harmonisation.

3.1 Survey results show that HACT training was useful and procedures are understood. 3.2 Assurance activities confirm correct use of the FACE form by staff of implementing partner entities.

4. Feedback from implementing partners suggests that the guide is useful and being referred to.

5.1 FACE form is used by all the six joint implementing partners as of 1 July 2007.

The three agencies participating in HACT, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF, conducted a series of briefings of the joint implementing partners in 2007, to ensure their understanding of the process and its objectives. Emphasis was put on the element of strengthening Government financial management capacity.

References to HACT in the CPAPs of the three participating agencies were harmonised and reflected in their Annual Work Plans.

HACT was rolled out on 1 July 2007 for all implementing partners of the three agencies, individual and joint ones at the same time. The implementation starting date was preceded by comprehensive and in-depth training in English and Lao languages of UN and implenting partner staff on HACT and the use of the FACE form. As a result of the careful preparation process, no major difficulties in HACT implementation were encountered by any of the three agencies during the first six months of implementation.

Harmonisation of the assurance and audit activities is underway.

A local HACT implementation guide was drafted amd shared with UNDGO for comments in July 2007, with no official feedback received until 31 January 2008.

$119.44

       
Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT 1.Comprehensive multi-year plan for capacity development of implementing partners' Departments of Finance and Planning developed by UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

1. Capacity development plan is endorsed by government and UN Country Team.

Discussions on collaborative activities to strengthen the capacity of the financial management capacity of implementing partners among the participating agencies are underway.

       
Other

       
Gender Equality
UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) 1.Capacity of National Assembly (NA) to support the implementation of Lao PDR's obligations under CEDAW strengthened.

1.1 Number of NA Members and technical support staff trained on CEDAW. 1.2 Number of CEDAW-related events organised in cooperation with the NA. 1.3 Gender study kit for training of NA members and technical support staff includes CEDAW components.

Gender toolkit and handbook for Members of the National Assembly and support personnel developed.

       
Gender theme groups able to support enhanced effectiveness of UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality

UN Gender Theme Group provided advice to the Government on the reflection of gender mainstreaming in the existing sector working group structure, which was followed.

       
Other

       
HIV/AIDS
Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * 1.Project document for joint programme on HIV/AIDS finalised.

2.Review of joint UN team performance.

3.World AIDS Day activities supported.

1. The project document is endorsed and the arrangements to start implementing the joint programme are in place.

2. Review is finalised and its findings are incorporated in joint team ToR and annual workplan.

3. UN World AIDS Day activity implemented.

1. Project document for joint programme on HIV/AIDS is in the final drafting stage. Stakeholder meetings held with government partners and INGOs/NGOs were held. The resource needs yet have to be finalised by the government and partners, and participating UN agencies still have to confirm their inputs.

2. Review of joint UN team performance under preparation, to take place in the first semester of 2008.

3. Two training courses for UN staff and their families in English and Lao languages and, for the first time, a joint celebration of UN staff with Lao people living with HIV/AIDS took place to mark World AIDS Day. In addition, information stalls were set up and a counselling telephone hotline inaugurated.

$1,013.48

       
UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * 1.Active and inclusive national AIDS coordination authority.

2.National high level advocacy body on HIV and AIDS established.

1. At least two meetings of national coordination authority held.

2. At least one meeting of high level advocacy body held.

1. Discussions on establishing a national AIDS coordination authority with government were started, but could not be concluded successfully because of many competing priorities on the government's side.

2. National Tak Force on HIV and drugs established, which is co-chaired by the Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision and the Ministry of Health.

       
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace 1.Learning activities on HIV for UN staff and dependants implemented.

2.One training session on HIV at the UN workplace conducted for HR/operations managers.

3.IEC materials for UN staff on HIV at the UN workplace reproduced and disseminated.

HR/operation managers follow code of conduct on HIV.

IEC materials available in all UN offices.

UN staff and dependants aware of HIV/AIDS related issues.

1. A series of We Care/UN Cares training courses for staff were conducted in February 2007.

2. Bulk procurement of condoms by UNFPA for staff on behalf of the resident UN agencies in Laos.

3. Training courses on HIV/AIDS for UN staff and their families in English and Lao languages conducted in the context of World AIDS Day.

4. Training session for HR/operations managers is yet to take place.

5. Brochure "Living in a world with HIV and AIDS" both in English and Lao languages disseminated to UN staff.

$628.20

       
Other

       
Human Rights
Application of Human Right Based Approach Action 2 Global Programme project “Strengthening United Nations Support for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Lao PDR” implemented: UN Country Team's capacity to plan and implement rights-sensitive programmes in the context of the UNDAF is strengthened and awareness and understanding of rights issues among UN staff and Government counterparts, where appropriate, enhanced.

1. Number of UN staff trained on the human-rights based approach to programming.

2. “Map” of UN programmes from a rights perspective produced and used by UN Country Team in UNDAF operationalisation.

3. UNDAF M&E framework and specific tools ensure rights-sensitivity of agency programmes.

4. New joint programmes are rights-sensitive.

5. UN Country Team enabled to tailor appropriate rights-based programming responses to emerging issues of concern.

Training of one UN agency staff in the human rights based approach to programming, to act as resource person for the resident UN agencies.

Enhanced knowledge of the human rights based approach to programming and gender sensitive programming among UN staff through conducting two training courses, under the UNCT's Action 2 project, in November 2007. The remaining components of the Action 2 project were postponed to 2008, due to the late access to the approved funding under the Action 2 global programme in 2007.

$10,095.55

       
Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems

       
Other

       
Coordination of Humanitarian/Natural Disaster Operations
Coordination of humanitarian operations

       
Preparation of crisis prevention/natural disaster operations/plans 1. National capacity for disaster preparedness and response strengthened.

1.1 UN Country Team facilitates government endorsement of recommendations made by UNDAC Mission to strengthen national capacity for disaster preparedness and response. 1.2 UN Country Team helps government in prioritising the recommendations and implementing them.

Government, with help of the UN and other partners of the in-country IASC, has prioritised the UNDAC recommendations. Follow-up missions facilitated by OCHA and UNDP-BCPR have taken place to work with the in-country IASC on developing an implementation plan with the Government.

       
Contingency Plan initiatives 1.Existing contingency plans to cater for humanitarian needs of remote populations updated to be able to react to potential ad-hoc requests of Government.

2.UN Country Team’s data management capacity for disaster response strengthened.

1. UN Country Team is able to immediately and smoothly respond to potential Government requests and provide populations in need with adequate food and non-food assistance.

1. UN agencies are working on updating their contingency plans with a dual focus on AHI and the "all hazard approach" in a coherent way, under the leadership of the in-country IASC.

       
Other

       
Common Services and Premises
Planned initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness of UN operations, incl. common administrative services and common arrangements in support of programme delivery (including Joint Office initiative) 1.UN Dispensary established and service used by UN staff.

2.Joint UNCT vendor for provision of travel services.

3.Continued support to UN staff contingency plan for avian and human influenza and further procurement and stockpiling of medicines.

1.1 UN Dispensary set up in UNDP Office and medical personnel (one doctor and one nurse) recruited. 1.2 Number of staff using the medical service provided on monthly basis.

2. Joint agreement with vendor signed.

3. Medical supplies are available in sufficient quantity, in line with the provisions of the staff contingency plan.

1. UN Dispensary established in May 2007 and staffed with a UN doctor and a nurse.

2. Procurement and stockpiling of medical and non-medical supplies under the UN staff contingency plan for avian and human influenza done.

       
Planned initiatives on common premises UNDP and a few smaller UN offices co-locate by the end of 2007.

The new premise is officially inaugurated and the moving complete.

Due to delays in completing the construction works, the building will now be officially inaugurated and the move completed in April 2008.

       
Other

       
Other (specify)
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 2: UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications
Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan 1.Increased awareness on broader UN-related issues among the Lao public and enhanced unified UN image through development and implementation of a joint communications strategy. 2.Strengthened inter-agency cooperation in the field of communications and increased media profile of the UN at the national and sub-national level.

1. Joint communications strategy finalised by UN Communications Group and approved by UN Country Team.

2.1 One joint field mission for members of the local media organised to showcase coordinated UN system activities in specific areas. 2.2 Increased number of readers of “Juth Pakai” Development Journal through its better promotion by press releases and other activities. 2.3 Publication of one UN Newsletter and distribution to donors, Government, INGOs etc). 2.4 One joint meeting with the Lao Journalists Association held for information sharing, networking, and expanding the knowledge base. 2.5 Joint promotion and organisation of events on the occasion of UN Day and other key UN international days. 2.6 UN 2008 calendar produced and distributed.

1. Strengthened media profile of the UN in Laos due to joint initiatives in the context of World Environment Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, World Food Day, UN Day and World AIDS Day, as well as in the context of the visit of FAO Goodwill Ambassador Roberto Baggio to Laos in September. Proactive outreach to international (Deutsche Welle, BBC, AFP, ABC) and national media to speak about issues on the UN agenda in Laos.

2. Revitalisation of in-country UN Communications Group as a useful forum for information-sharing and facilitation of internal communications as well as resource sharing.

3. Journalist training on MDG and governance related issues facilitated.

4. Revitalisation of the UN Communication Development Worker Award, highlighting the UN’s recognition of important contributions made by citizens and NGOs to the alleviation of poverty in Laos.

$2,534.38

       
Other

       
Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy
Development/implementation of RM strategy 1.Joint UN Country Team Resource Mobilisation Strategy 2007-2011 formulated with a particular focus on securing funding for joint programmes.

1.1 Joint Resource Mobilisation Strategy endorsed by UN Country Team. 1.2 Donors express interest in providing funds for UN joint programmes.

       
Other

       
Result Area 3: Non-Resident UN Agencies
Special measures to integrate non-resident UN agencies in UNCT processes
Supporting the Involvement of non-resident UN agencies in the national strategic planning processes/ UN programming 1.Non-resident agencies (NRAs) fully involved in national and UN-specific planning processes in Lao PDR. Information sharing between resident and non-resident agencies is further improved.

2. Government of Lao PDR is aware of the mandates and programmes of NRAs in the country.

1.1 NRAs feel that they are kept abreast of all developments of relevance to the UN Country Team by e-mail and telephone and through the newly established quarterly video conferences between resident and non-resident agencies. 1.2 NRAs rate the support and responsiveness of the Office of the Resident Coordinator as high. 1.3 Resident Coordinator and coordination support staff carry out two or more visits to Bangkok, Hanoi and/or Phnom Penh to meet with NRAs and discuss their issues face-to-face. 1.4 High # of NRAs participating in UN Country Team strategic retreat in March 2007.

2.1 # of meetings of Resident Coordinator with Government, where she explains the roles of and advocates for issues on the agenda of NRAs.

1. Information was shared regularly with non-resident agencies, virtually and through visits of non-resdent agencies in Vientiane and visits of the Resident Coordinator to Bangkok, so as to keep them fully involved in planning processes and programming in Laos. A number of non-resident agencies became actively involved in the joint programme task forces for sustainable livelihoods and support to the National Assembly.

2. The Resident Coordinator contributed to raising the awareness of the mandates and programmes of non-resident agencies in her meetings with high-ranking government officials.

3. A number of non-resident agencies are given office space in the new UNDP building, to enable them to work during their regular missions to Laos.

$2,316.36

       
Other

       
Result Area 4: Coordination Capacity of the UNCT
Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity
RCO Staffing 1.High quality, professional and efficient support provided to the UN Country Team.

1.1 Satisfactory performance review of Office of the Resident Coordinator team by UN Country Team (resident as well as non-resident agencies). 1.2 Satisfactory Results and Competency Assessments of staff in Office of the Resident Coordinator.

Joint initiatives enabled and supported by staff of the Office of the Resident Coordinator.

Positive feedback on support provided by Office of the Resident Coordinator informally received from resident and non-resident agencies.

$45,451.19 $42,326.55 $17,393.92

       
Materials/Equipment 1.RC Office functions smoothly.

1. Materials and equipment procured as needed and in a timely manner.

Office of the Resident Coordinator functioned smoothly.

$2,411.92 $4,900.34

       
Training of UN staff 1.UN system orientation provided for new UN staff in Lao PDR.

2.Skills of staff in Office of Resident Coordinator improved.

1. Conduct at least two orientation trainings for new staff of UN agencies, funds and programmes, covering UN reform, MDGs and the common country programming process.

2. Staff in Office of the Resident Coordinator participate in internal and/or external training events relevant to their work.

One UN system orientation course provided for 20 new UN staff members in Lao PDR.

Different staff of the Office of the Resident Coordinator trained in the Human Rights Based Approach to Programming, Project Management and Development of Poverty Reduction Strategies. In addition, staff availed themselves of learning opportunities provided through the UNDP Learning Management System.

$800.00

       
Other

       

TOTAL $0.00 $61,669.32 $0.00 $67,676.89 $0.00 $168,946.34 $0.00 $167,917.55



   Joint Programmes

Joint Programmes
Title Theme Linkages to MDGs and UNDAF outcomes Duration (from/to) Fund management Modality Manag. agent Admin. agent National or local partners and donors Total budget Financial contribution
[Working Title] Joint Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (JSLP) Rural development As a multisectoral programme, the JSLP cuts across all three UNDAF outcomes and MDGs 1 to 7.

2008 - 2013 Pass-through
WFP TBD

[Working title] Support to an Efficient Lao National Assembly Governance and democracy The planned joint programme will support implementation of UNDAF Outcome 3. Good Governance is essential for the successful achievement of all MDGs and an important pre-condition for achieving sustainable socio-economic development as identified by the Government in its Sixth five-year National Plan.

2008 - 2012 National Assembly of Lao PDR

Joint UN Programme of Support to AIDS HIV/AIDS UNDAF Outome 2, MDG 6.

2008 - 2011 Parallel
Pass-through
National AIDS Programme (CHAS) People Living with HIV Provincial Committees for Control of AIDS Selected Line Ministries

Access to Basic Education in Laos (UNICEF and WFP) Education MDGs 1, 2 and 3. UNDAF Outcome 2.

2006 - 2010 Parallel
Ministry of Education (central, provincial and district level) AusAID

$7,894,736.00
UNICEFAusAID$5,532,038.00
WFPAusAID$2,362,698.00
Social and Economic Rehabilitation of Former Opium Poppy Growing Communities (UNIDO and UNODC) Poverty reduction MDGs 1 and 8. UNDAF Outcomes 1 and 2.

2007 - 2010 Parallel
Lao National Commission on Drug Control and Supervision Ministry of Industry and Commerce Japan through the United Nations Trust Fund on Human Security (UNTFHS)

$2,348,500.00
UNIDOJapan through UNTFHS$1,177,275.00
UNODCJapan through UNTFHS$1,171,225.00
Promoting Private Sector Development Through Strengthening of Lao Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Business Association (UNDP and UNIDO) Poverty reduction MDG 1. UNDAF Outcome 1.

2006 - 2010 Parallel
National Eeconomic Research Institute Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

$2,326,075.00
UNDPCore$250,000.00
UNIDOCore$250,000.00
Governance and Public Administration Reform – Support for Better Service Delivery (UNDP and UNCDF) Governance and democracy MDGs 1-7, through improved governance and accountable use of public resources. UNDAF Outcome 3.

2007 - 2011 Pass-through
UNDP Public Administration and Civil Service Authorit Ministry of Planning and Investment Ministry of Finance Ministry of Education Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Ministry of Health Luxembourg Swiss Development Cooperation SNV

$10,343,083.00
UNDPCore$990,000.00
UNCDFCore$1,099,175.00
Luxembourg$4,000,000.00
Swiss Development Cooperation$3,000,000.00
SNV$237,000.00



   Coordination Procedures and Practices

Coordination practices and procedures
CP Results Recommendations to DGO
Practice: Every one or two weeks, the Office of the Resident Coordinator shares the "UN Country Team Calendar of Events" with resident and non-resident agencies, which list upcoming events under four categories for each month of the year - (1) Meetings, workshops and other events; (2) Global events of interest; (3) (Inter)national Days and Holidays; (4) Incoming and Outgoing missions/Leave.

Intended purpose: In a country, where a high number of meetings take place that involve the UNCT, sometimes at short notice, the Calendar of Events helps agencies to track events and plan better. Non-resident agencies use the calendar of events to plan their missions to Lao PDR in such a way that they can at the same time participate in "resident" meetings that are useful for their work.

Transaction costs:Reduction of transaction costs: Missions of non-resident agencies to Lao PDR can be planned in a way that maximises their usefulness and makes them more effective. None.
Achievements:UNCT member agencies have a better overview of upcoming events and helps them better plan their work.
Lessons learned:Keeping the calendar up-to-date and complete is time-consuming and requires contacting partners very regularly, but is definitely worthwhile because agencies find the calendar useful and consult it on a daily basis.
Practice: Lao PDR is one of the countries where there the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong sub-Region (UNIAP) is implemented. To maximise impact of the project and ensure that human trafficking is mainstreamed in the broader UNCT work, we have involved UNIAP in the preparation of the joint programme on sustainable livelihoods and opened relevant UN theme groups to their participation.

Transaction costs:N/A
Achievements:Human Trafficking mainstreamed in broader activities of the UN Country Team.
Lessons learned:Integration of activities enhances impact.



   2008 Workplan

UNDAF Outcomes
1. By 2011, the livelihoods of poor, vulnerable and food insecure populations are enhanced.
2. By 2011, increased and more equitable access to and utilization of quality and prioritized social services.
3. By 2011, strengthened capacities of public and private institutions to fulfill their duties and greater people’s participation in governance and advocacy for the promotion of human rights in conformity with the Millennium Declaration.
2008 Workplan
KEY RESULTS AREA Expected Outputs Perf. Indicators Actual Outputs at Year End Funds required/spent at Year End Additional support needed from HQ or Regional Director's Team Target Date
SRC UNCCF UN Agencies Other
Req Spt Req Spt Req Spt Req Spt Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Coordination for Results (WORKPLAN08)
UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP UN Country Team gave coherent substantive inputs to Mid-Term Review of the Sixth National Socio-Economic Development Plan (based on MDGR findings) in quarter 4 of 2008.

UN contributed substantively to the preparation process for formulation of 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

UN assistance strategy aligned with sectoral strategies through Sector Working Groups.

National strategic plan for the UXO sector 'Safe Path Forward' revised with support from the UN Country Team.

Roadmap for Governance Reform, including targets and milestones, finalised with UN support.

Number of UN dedicated meetings to coordinate contribution to NSEDP Mid-Term Review.

Consolidated UN written input(s) to Mid-Term Review.

Major research topics for 7th Plan identified in 2008.

Revised plan including strategies for sustainability of UXO Action in Lao PDR finalised.

Roadmap endorsed by Government.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and/or the UNDG Action Plan on the Development Outcome of the World Summit 3 (MDG Action Plan) * Mid-Term MDG Report 2008 finalised and endorsed.

MDG Strategy Paper finalised and endorsed.

MDG campaign strategy finalised and endorsed.

High-quality national voluntary report by Lao PDR government at the 2008 ECOSOC substantive session in July 2008 supported by the UN Country Team.

Operational MDG strategy programme formulated in cooperation with the Government.

Draft MDG Report shared with relevant stakeholders and comments incorporated by the end of March 2008. Final report approved by Cabinet and launched.

MDG Strategy Paper submitted to Government.

MDG campaign strategy submitted to Government.

National consultative workshop to prepare for voluntary government report to ECOSOC held with UN support before mid-April 2008.

MDG Support Initiative Concept note finalised and agreed with the Government. Operational MDG strategy programme document finalised.

$0.00 $0.00 $127,250.00 $0.00

UN support to capacity development strategies With UN support, organisational capacity in ministries enhanced to carry out mandated duties and deliver services: structures and systems realigned for better service delivery in three ministries/offices.

Framework in place for conducting organisational analysis and implementing related improvements in sector ministries. Organisational analysis carried out in three ministries/offices and recommendations to improve structures and systems are implemented.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN assistance to national authorities for the preparation of the national report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs 4 * National report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action on LDCs drafted by the Government with support of the UN Country Team, as required.

National report finalised and submitted.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

Other

Aid Coordination / Management / Paris Declaration Planned efforts to making use of national systems in the areas such as programme/project reporting, PRS/sectoral monitoring and evaluation systems, annual PRS/sectoral performance reviews, national procurement systems, etc UN support provided to finalisation of NSEDP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. UNDAF M&E Framework harmonised with NSEDP M&E Framework.

National capacities in data collection, analysis and the use of data strengthened. As spelled out in the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan, LaoInfo is increasingly used by line ministries to track progress of NSEDP implementation.

NSEDP M&E Framework finalised. UNDAF outcome indicators reviewed and harmonised with NSEDP indicators, where appropriate.

LaoInfo upgraded to version 5.1 (or 6.1?). Number of line ministries using LaoInfo.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN support to aid coordination/management UN is seen as a partner that supports and actively participates in the government-led aid coordination infrastructure, giving high quality sectoral inputs and advice based on the comparative advantage of the agencies.

Government supported in conducting OECD-DAC survey 2008.

Vientiane Declaration Action Plan implemented.

ODA database set up in Ministry of Planning and Investment with UN support.

Information sharing and policy dialogue among resident and non-resident development partners in Lao PDR is ensured.

Up-to-date information on UN and donors' development activities in Lao PDR is available.

Round Table Implementation Meeting held in 2008, that receives good feedback. Number of Sector Working Groups where UN agencies actively participate. Number of policies that include UN inputs.

One consolidated UN input provided to the government. OECD-DAC survey 2008 completed by the deadline.

Actions that have a UN agency as development partner focal point under the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan taken forward, as per the agreed performance milestones.

Study tours to neighbouring countries and briefings about different ODA database models for Government organised. Suitable database system selected. Plan to start-up selected database finalised.

Four Informal Quarterly Donor Meetings take place in 2008, co-chaired by the RC and a representative of the donor community, with increased participation of INGOs, non-resident donors as well as non-traditional donors. Number of meetings of Resident Coordinator and resident UN heads of agencies with non-resident donors.

Release of Version 4 of the Donor and Development Partner Profiles by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in March 2008. Release of updated partner contact lists by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in March 2008 and September 2008.

$200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UNDAF/Common Programming Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle * UNDAF mid-term review 2009 informed by outcomes of NSEDP mid-term review 2008.

Better harmonisation of specialised agencies' strategic frameworks for programming and UNDAF cycle.

NSEDP mid-term review outcome document used as background document to prepare for UNDAF mid-term review.

At least one more specialised agency has aligned its strategic assistance framework to the UNDAF cycle.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Preparation of CCA/UNDAF Layout and printing of CCA and UNDAF documents finalised.

Printed versions of CCA and UNDAF available.

$16,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * UNDAF M&E framework strengthened.

Preparations for UNDAF mid-term review 2009 finalised.

Review of UNDAF M&E framework finalised.

ToR for UNDAF mid-term review 2009 approved and consultant identified.

$0.00 $0.00 $15,000.00 $0.00

UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation UNDAF Annual Review 2007 completed. Process for UNDAF Annual Review 2008 started.

UNDAF 2007 Annual Review Meeting held before mid-April 2008. Process for UNDAF Annual Review 2008 started in the last trimester of 2008, to ensure completion before end-January 2009.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other UN theme group structure is strengthened. Theme groups are perceived as useful tools to help the UN speak with one voice on development issues.

Coherent UN support to implementation of National Plan of Action on Human Trafficking and COMMIT Sub-Regional Plan of Action II on Human Trafficking facilitated. Human trafficking and migration issues mainstreamed in broader work of UNCT, including joint programme on sustainable livelihoods. Road map for implementing UN reform in Lao PDR formulated.

Review of theme group structure in February 2008. Review findings acted upon. Number of theme group meetings in 2008. Quality of theme group work plans for 2008, and achievement of results as per the work plans. Theme groups perceived as useful by participating agencies.

Delivery against plans in UNIAP work plan 2008 for Lao PDR. COMMIT Senior Officials Meeting in Vientiane organised in the last quarter of 2008. Human trafficking and migration issues taken into account in joint sustainable livelihoods programme document.

Joint Government-UN visit to Viet Nam conducted and mission report finalised. Road map for implementing UN reform in Lao PDR drafted, endorsed by UNCT an shared with government. Code of Conduct and set of proposed principles of interaction drafted and shared with UNCT.

$6,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Joint Programmes Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Three new joint programmes on Sustainable Livelihoods in Oudomxay, Support to an Efficient National Assembly, and of Support on AIDS launched.

Opportunities for additional new joint programmes, including an operational MDG strategy programme, explored and acted upon as appropriate.

Three joint programme documents finalised and signed by UN agencies and partners.

Funding mobilised from UN agencies and donors to start implementation of activities during second semester of 2008.

$1,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

M&E of Joint Programmes

Other Joint UNDP-UNIDO programme for promoting Private Sector Development: Capacity of Lao National Chamber of Industry strengthened.

Joint UNDP-UNCDF programme for Governance and Public Administration Reform: 1. Strengthened coordination and more coherent governance reform agenda 2. Scaling up of District Development Funds (DDF). 3. Enhanced citizen feedback on public services.

Joint UNIDO-UNODC programme for Social and Economic Rehabilitation of Former Opium Poppy Growing Communities: Communities organised to manage the economic and social development of their villages in a sustainable manner with reduced dependence on opium production.

Joint UNICEF-WFP programme on Access to Basic Education in Laos (ABEL): (1) Education Sector Working Group operating more strategically and adhering to Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan (CAP) commitments. (2) School Feeding and Child Friendly Schools strategy implemented in 3 provinces of Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Luangnamtha. (3) Improved management, M&E and coordination of ABEL partners.

Joint UNDP-UNIDO programme for promoting Private Sector Development: Articles of Association of Lao National Chamber of Industry approved by Prime Minister's Office.

Joint UNDP-UNCDF programme for Governance and Public Administration Reform: 1. A Roadmap on Governance Reform with clear indicators and milestones is designed and approved. 2. DDF will be rolled out in four new provinces, thereby enhancing the capacity of districts to manage development funds and alleviate poverty. 3. Launch of the first citizen report card in Lao PDR on the quality and availability of public services.

Joint UNIDO-UNODC programme for Social and Economic Rehabilitation of Former Opium Poppy Growing Communities: Productivity groups organised and engaged in activities that will lead to increase in income from 0.15 cents a day to over 2US$.

Joint UNICEF-WFP programme on Access to Basic Education in Laos:(1) Workplan for ESWG for 2008 developed and focussed around CAP.(2) Number of schools supported by Child friendly school and School Feeding. (3) Joint M&E framework (MOE, AusAID, WFP and UNICEF) developed. At least one joint WFP-UNICEF study undertaken (on informal primary school boarding students)

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

HACT Plan for the roll-out/implementation 7 of HACT in the country * Full HACT compliance achieved by end-2008.

At least five more micro-assessments conducted.

HACT Assurance and Audit Plan finalised. Joint Long-Term Agreement with consulting firm for spot checks concluded.

Stock-taking exercise after completing Year 1 of HACT implementation with UN and implementing partner staff, and documentation of lessons learned.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT Strategy for strengthening financial management capacity of implementing partners in place.

Discussion of results of micro-assessments with implementing partners.

Agreed strategy to address capacity gaps.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

Gender Equality UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) Gender equality in participatory planning increased in selected provinces, districts and villages, local decision-making and development activities.

Members of the Sub-Committees for the Advancement of Women (Sub-CAWs) participated in and have better access to information on gender responsive budgeting, planning and responsive policy and strategy formulation.

UN supported the process of gender mainstreaming in all sectors.

UN contributed to national efforts for data gathering and research activities related to gender equality.

Participatory Planning Manual of Ministry of Planning and Investment revised to incorporate gender. Gender sensitive monitoring and reporting format for data collection and reporting at village level developed.

Sub-CAWs are functioning snd meet regularly. They provide quality inputs to line ministries for their own mainstreaming. National, provincial and/or district work plans are revised by Sub-CAWs to be gender-responsive.

Gender toolkits in support of Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan finalised and approved by Government.

Research and data analysis carried out in 2008.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Capacity development for Gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality.

Other

HIV/AIDS Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * Joint programme of Support on AIDS launched.

Joint Team strengthened.

Joint programme document finalised and signed. Resources allocated by participating agencies.

Review of joint UN team performance carried out (first semester of 2008).

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * Establishment of a national AIDS coordination authority supported.

Support to national M&E framework provided.

National AIDS coordination authority established.

National M&E Framework developed and implemented.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

HIV/AIDS in the Workplace 2008 Learning Plan implemented.

Condoms available for UN staff.

Learning activities on HIV for UN staff and dependants implemented. IEC materials available in all UN offices.

One training session on Cide of Conduct conducted for HR/operations managers.

Condoms available in all UN premises in sufficient numbers throughout the year.

$0.00 $0.00 $1,500.00 $0.00

Other

Human Rights Application of Human Right Based Approach UNCT's capacity to implement human rights based approaches to development strengthened.

Support from UN agencies and INGOs in place to carry process for formulation of national guidelines on victim protection for trafficked persons forward in close collaboration with the Lao Government.

Lao PDR signed and/or ratified more international human rights instruments, and submitted one report on the implementation of its obligations under an instruments that it is a state party to.

Active participation of the Lao Government in the international movement to ban cluster munitions enabled through UN support.

Training module for staff developed and ToT on the rights-based approach to programming carried out. Rights-based audit of the UNDAF finalised and recommendations followed. Rights-based review of the three new joint programme documents carried out and recommendations followed. The development of national guidelines on victim protection for trafficked persons from Lao PDR initiated with assistance from UNIAP.

Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities signed. Process for ratification of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights initiated. Report on implementation of Lao PDR's obligations under the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights finalised.

Participation of Lao PDR Government in all international conferences on the topic of cluster munitions. Government makes positive statements at these conferences.

$0.00 $0.00 $29,000.00 $0.00

Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems

Other

Coordination of Humanitarian/Natural Disaster Operations Coordination of humanitarian operations

Preparation of crisis prevention/natural disaster operations/plans Government's capacity to prepare for, coordinate and carry out natural disaster operations stregthened.

UN Country Team’s data management capacity for disaster response strengthened.

Development of an implementation plan for the priority UNDAC recommendations ith the Government.

Data management capacity assesment carried out and action plan for follow-up agreed.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Contingency Plan initiatives Updated UN agency contingency plans with a dual focus on AHI and the "all hazard approach" in a coherent way, under the leadership of the in-country IASC.

UN agency contingency plans are based on the same scenarios.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other Strengthened government capacity to coordinate multi-sectoral responses to outbreaks of AHI.

Coherent UN support to strengthening Government’s capacity for pandemic preparedness and response provided.

Efficient reaction of the government and its partners to outbreaks of H5/N1 in line with the National Plan, including prompt payment of compensation. Regular inter-agency meetings on AHI conducted.

Joint Implementation Review of AHI National Plan carried out and necessary actions for follow up completed.

Agreed road map for development of a pandemic preparedness plan by the Government, with clear institutional roles and responsibilities.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $213,319.00

Security Security Management Team Awareness of SMT of its responsibilities strengthened.

SMT training carried out by DSS.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UNCT Security Plan Security Risk Assessment and Risk and Disaster Management Planning in place.

Warden System strengthened.

Crisis Coordination Centre functioning.

SRA updated with coherent risk management process and disaster contingency plans.

Warden system revised, all wardens trained and computer based mapping of staff residences available.

Crisis Coordination Centre established and operational.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other Effective Guard Force system for all UN facilities and residences.

Training of guard force carried out. Number of spot checks that deem performance satisfactory.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Common Services and Premises Planned initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness of UN operations, incl. common administrative services and common arrangements in support of programme delivery (including Joint Office initiative) Cost effectiveness of UN operations in Laos increased through bulk procurement and the conclusion of additional long-term agreements for appropriate services.

Regular meetings of UN Operations Management Team. Additional opportunities for increase cost effectiveness identified and at least one among them operationalised.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Planned initiatives on common premises New UNDP premise in Vientiane launched, providing space for several smaller UN agencies, UNDSS, the UN dispensary and desk space for non-resident agencies.

Common UNICEF-WFP premise in Oudomxay launched.

New UNDP premise handed over from Government to UNDP by April 2008. Number of other agencies accomodated in the building. Number of common services housed in new premise.

Common UNICEF-WFP premise inaugurated by February 2008.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

Other (specify) Other (specify)

UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN08)
Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan UN Communications Group strengthened.

UNCT Communications Strategy formulated.

UNCT website incl UN project database revamped, including a knowledge bank/digital library.

UNCT MDG photo database set up, well stocked and accessible to all agencies.

UN Day and other international days celebrated.

Better outreach of UNCT, informing public about its work in Lao PDR.

Agreed revised ToR. Number of meetings held.

Draft UNCT communications strategy discussed by UNCT.

Website is up and used by UN staff and others (number of hits).

Number of photos in database. Increasing number of requests for using photos by UN agencies.

Events to mark UN Day and at least two other international days organised and conducted by UNCT.

At least two UN Newsletters produced and disseminated in 2008.

$5,000.00 $0.00 $10,000.00 $0.00

Other UN Knowledge Management Strategy formulated.

UN Knowledge Management Strategy drafted and shared with UNCT.

One Community of Practice on a common topic of interest of the UNCT set up, and facilitator recruited if funding can be mobilised. CoP formally launched.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $65,000.00

Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy Development/implementation of RM strategy

Other

Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN08)
Special measures to integrate non-resident UN agencies in UNCT processes Supporting the Involvement of non-resident UN agencies in the national strategic planning processes/ UN programming Non-resident agencies are kept abreast of all important developments in Lao PDR that affect national planning processes and UN programming.

Non-resident agencies are enabled to actively participate in national planning and UN programming processes.

Number of monthly exchanges of the Resident Coordinator's office with non-resident agencies. Ratio of queries received and queries answered.

Number of meetings of Resident Coordinator and staff of her office with non-resident agency staff.

Results of web-based client satisfaction survey for non-resident agencies conducted by Resident Coordinator's office in March 2008.

Number of non-resident agencies participating in the 2008 UNCT annual retreat, joint programme initiatives of the UNCT, Informal Quarterly Donor Meetings and the Round Table Implementation Meeting 2008.

Number of UN Country Team meetings with Bangkok-based non-resident agencies by video-conference that are successfully conducted in 2008.

$2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN08)
Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity RCO Staffing High quality, professional and efficient support provided to the UN Country Team.

Satisfactory performance review of Resident Coordinator team by UN Country Team (resident as well as non-resident agencies).

Satisfactory Results and Competency Assessments of staff in Resident Coordinator's office.

$86,700.00 $0.00 $35,000.00 $0.00

Materials/Equipment Resident Coordinator's office enabled to run smoothly through timely procurement of quality materials and equipment as needed.

$10,700.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Training of UN staff Better awareness among UN staff of the development context of Lao PDR, UN common programming, the MDGs, UN reform and specific topics like human trafficking, AHI, UXOs and HIV/AIDS at the work place.

Knowledge of issues related to the perfomance of the coordination function stregthened among staff of the Resident Coordinator's office.

Networking and exchange of experiences among RC offices in the sub-region enhanced.

Four orientation trainings for new UN staff organised. Percentage of participants rating the orientation in average as 3 or above out of 6.

Learning path for each staff member of the Resident Coordinator's office in the in UNDP Learning Management System defined and implemented (agreement to completed all corporate mandatory courses by 31 July 2008, and three courses of the required category until 31 January 2009.)

Sub-regional UN coordination officers workshop 2008 organised in Vientiane in September.

$1,900.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other


TOTAL $130,000.00 $0.00 $217,750.00 $278,319.00