2007 Resident Coordinator Annual Report
18 February 2009 Dear Mr. Secretary-General:

2008 Annual Report of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Maldives This 2008 Annual Report of the UN Resident Coordinator presents the development context within which the UN system operated in the country. The report takes stock of the major accomplishments of the UN in Maldives in 2008 that resulted from collaborative and joint actions and progress towards the achievement of the UNDAF 2008-2010 outcomes. Furthermore, the report presents the 2009 workplan that promotes the collective efforts of the UN agencies and sustains the momentum of the UN reform agenda in the country to accelerate efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and in support of national development priorities. The year 2008 was highlighted with the ratification of the Constitution, the conduct of the first ever multi-party presidential elections, and the peaceful transition to a new administration. 2008 was also the first year of the implementation of the new UNDAF which runs for a three-year cycle to harmonize with the national planning process. To prepare for the next programming cycle, the UN Maldives will start its common country assessment and UNDAF formulation process this year (2009).

Context and Major Developments in 2008 On November 11th the newly-elected President of Maldives, Mr. Mohamed Nasheed was sworn in, after winning the first ever multi-party democratic election. For the Maldives, it heralded the successful and peaceful transfer of power which brought an end to the 30 year rule of former President Maumoon Gayoom. But more than that, it represented an unprecedented show of national unity and statesmanship as displayed by both the new and outgoing Presidents that reaffirmed the national desire for a peaceful transition. This remarkable Maldivian transition was reported globally and reaffirmed the world’s faith that democratic transitions can successfully take place in an environment of peace and collaboration while maintaining as its core objective the ultimate development of the people. In recognition of this achievement, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon issued a press statement congratulating the country on the peaceful conduct of the first multi-party elections and urging the continued strengthening of democracy. The Presidential multi-party election was one of the milestones of the Reform process initiated by the former President in 2003. The Roadmap for the Reform Agenda was launched in 2006 in response to the demand for reform from the general public and concerns raised by the international community. The Roadmap, viewed by many as ambitious, identified three tracks of action namely the revision of the constitution, the enactment of key legislation, the drafting of necessary bills and regulations to implement the roadmap to strengthen democratic governance in the country.

Implementation of the Roadmap since 2006 has been generally slow, with the timelines frequently adjusted, however the implementation momentum gathered speed during 2008 to meet most of the stated milestones. The Constitution was finally ratified on 6 August 2008 and ushered in the establishment or reconstitution of several independent institutions such as the Civil Service Commission, Judicial Services Commission, and the Anti-corruption Commission. The first round of the first ever multi-party Presidential election was held on 8 October and the second/final round on 28 October. The delays in the ratification of the Constitution and the holding of the elections affected the implementation of the UN programmes, since government has been busy with preparations for these milestone events. The government reorganization and appointment of new members of the Cabinet following the inauguration of the new President also contributed to further delays in implementation. The reduction of Ministries from 21 to 14 was made to streamline the bureaucracy, but it also created “super Ministries” with expanded mandates, and the abolition of ministries crucial to supporting the MDGs, such as the Ministry of Gender and Family. The newly-formed Cabinet represents a coalition of former opposition parties formed to defeat the administration candidate. Unity of the coalition remains volatile as evidenced by the resignation of the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Ibrahim Qasim, leader and Presidential candidate of the Republican Party, only two weeks from his appointment. To establish a close partnership with the new government, the UN Country Team provided an orientation of the UN system’s development role and support to the Maldives through a presentation to the President, Vice President, and all the members of the Cabinet 13 January 2009.

Summary on progress towards UNDAF outcomes


Highlights on Progress towards UNDAF Outcomes 2008 was the launch of the new Country Programme Action Plans. Despite delay in the implementation of our CPAP, several key strategic development outputs were achieved and partnerships were strengthened in the first year of UNDAF implementation, such as (some examples provided below): ? Development of policy frameworks, protocols and guidelines: Protocol for Coordination of Child Protection Services; Ante-natal, post-natal and intra-natal management guidelines; Employment Bill; Maritime Bill ? Conduct of Several Public Awareness/Advocacy Campaigns: RH, drug situation, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Anti-corruption, human rights, Gender-based Violence ? Conduct of Capacity Development and institutional strengthening: All implementing partners and service providers ? Review and Revision of Existing Documents: Life Skill Education and Peer Education Manuals ? Coordination mechanisms established: Trade policy coordination mechanism ? Several Assessments were conducted: Technical capacity of accountability institutions; disaster risk assessments ? Key surveys conducted: Biological and Behavioral Survey; Micronutrient Survey ? Baseline studies were conducted: “Understanding the situation of Children in the Maldives; Child Poverty Study ? Evaluations conducted: Evaluation of the Family Protection Unit at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital ? Several Information Management systems enhanced: MaldivInfo; Child Protection surveillance system, Logistic Management Information System of the Ministry of Health

With regard to partnerships, a new partnership between the disaster preparedness and education sectors was developed. On the other hand, existing partnerships with the private sector, atoll level organizations, and NGOs were enhanced.

The first Joint Annual Review of the CPAPs/CCS held on 16 December recognized that inter-UN agency collaboration yielded positive results. These collaborative activities include: Biological and Behavioral Survey (all resident UN agencies, UNAIDS and UNODC); implementation of Infant and Young Child Feeding strategies (WHO and UNICEF); introduction of new Child Growth Standards (WHO and UNICEF); and, Family Protection Unit evaluation (UNFPA and WHO). Attached as part of the annexes to this report provides more details with regard to progress towards UNDAF Outcomes.

Summary on progress in UN Reform


Highlights of Progress in UN Reform

Strengthened national capacity to promote, protect, and fulfill human rights The UN system in the Maldives played a key role as the main international development partner supporting the country to usher in democracy. UN Maldives coordinated with the diplomatic/donor community in support of democratic reform, disseminating critical information to partners and identifying critical areas for collaboration which will continue beyond this period. It also acted as a mediator between the main political parties to facilitate communication and understanding to move the democratic process forward.

The spirit of “delivering as one” prevailed throughout this process and increased UN System coordination and collaboration were notably evident. The UNCT moved to capitalise on the comparative advantage of all UN Agencies and Departments establishing partnerships with the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the effective monitoring of the situation and to advocate for peaceful and efficient conduct of the Presidential elections along with the continued advancement of the country’s democratic reform agenda. The constitution, ratified in August 2008, was prepared with UNDP assistance through a process lasting over two years. The UN system in the Maldives was catalytic in the setting up and strengthening of key independent national institutions essential for the protection and promotion of human rights and ensuring accountability and transparency within the country. In this regard, a UN Joint Programme was implemented to enhance the capacity of the national Human Rights Commission. Further support to strengthen national human rights protection mechanisms and civil society participation in the development process were provided by the UN Maldives through the Action 2 Joint Programme.

Support was provided to the country’s accession to the ILO and there was significant progress achieved in this area. Other efforts to strengthen human rights were the development of the Employment Bill which was passed in July 2008; advocacy to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and, the drafting of the Human Rights Core document to report on the country’s compliance with international human rights obligations.

To strengthen the capacity of the UN system in the Maldives to mainstream human rights in programmes, a rights-based assessment of the UN programes was undertaken and a RBA training module was developed. Almost all the UNCT members and UN staff participated in the RBA trainings. Furthermore, the UN Communications Strategy for the UNDAF with focus on human rights was approved.

Strengthened national capacity to plan, implement, and monitor development programmes The UN Maldives worked closely together to have the Country Programme Action Plans (CPAPs) and Annual Work Plans (AWPs) signed with the Government Coordination Agency (Department of External Resources) and Implementing Partners (IPs) in a timely manner. However, the CPAPs were only signed in March, while all the 44 AWPs were signed in June 2008, thereby causing delays in cash transfers and programme implementation. Despite the delays encountered, the UN System still managed to successfully implement most of the 2008 plans. To enhance coherence, promote greater UN collaboration and facilitate increased national ownership, a Joint Review of the CPAPs and WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) were conducted jointly with the Government for the first time. Also as part of the UN efforts to strengthen national capacity to monitor development programmes, several trainings were conducted on the use of MaldivInfo; and a Joint Programme on MaldivInfo is awaiting official signature and for implementation in 2009.

The Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) was rolled out after the signing of the AWPs. All microassessments of relevant implementing partners were completed and an Assurance Plan was approved.

Strengthened national capacity to address HIV/AIDS The UN Joint Team on AIDS formulated a Joint Programme of Support on AIDS to assist the Government in addressing strategic gaps and priorities in the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan on AIDS. Activities in 2008 focused on support for the formulation of the National Strategic Plan’s M&E Framework and combined support to conduct the first ever HIV Biological and Behavioral Survey of most-at-risk and vulnerable populations. The survey revealed that high risk behaviours are present in the Maldives. Hence, complacency around focused prevention efforts will require far greater attention and commitment from the Government. A greater understanding of the HIV epidemic potential is needed to shape future prevention efforts. Also in line with the UN Joint Programme of Support, an HIV knowledge and learning needs survey was conducted for all UN staff to guide the implementation of a UN Cares programme being introduced in 2009. Strengthened national capacity to manage the environment and prepare for disasters, including climate change adaptation

The UN Maldives together with non-resident agencies, such as the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, supported the national authorities in their international advocacy for climate change adaptation, focusing on the human rights dimension, including right to health, led by WHO, and right to nationality.

Other related UN joint activities were the development of the Multi-sectoral Rapid Assessment Tool for Disasters, updating of the UN Disaster Contingency and Avian and Human Influenza Preparedness Plans, and the conduct of Preparedness trainings (led by WHO).

In support of the UNDAF objectives on the environment, UNICEF worked towards the integration of environmental awareness into the school curriculum and assisted in the development of teaching kits. UNDP continued its support for the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan, development of institutional framework and policy for disaster management, and building national/local capacities for disaster management.

Key aspects of the proposed 2009 workplan


Key Aspects of the Proposed 2009 Workplan With the current UNDAF ending in 2010, the UN system in the Maldives will be initiating a new Common Country Assessment and UNDAF process this year (2009). The development of a new UNDAF comes at an opportune time in the light of the priorities of the new administration. It should also be noted that the Parliamentary and local elections will be held in 2009. The following are the main approaches to the UNDAF implementation and UNCT interventions in 2009: • Support Government leaders to accelerate action towards the MDGs, especially towards achieving the goals that have not been met, such as on gender equality, environment, and developing a global partnership for development • Seek out opportunities and tap global networks and partnerships to enhance support to national priorities • Enhance programme focus to address disparities and inequalities • Sustain support to further democratization and human rights promotion and build capacity of civil society groups • Strengthen support to Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation • Promote and support evidence-based priority-setting, policy development and programme formulation • Strengthen focus on behavioral change in UN-supported national programmes

The UN system in the Maldives will also accelerate efforts to increase coherence and efficiency in operationalizing its programmes through implementation of new joint programmes (MaldivInfo and Addressing Gender-based Violence), identify more opportunities for joint activities, enhance involvement of non-resident agencies, ensure that the implementation of the HACT would be in line with the new public accounting system, and identify new common services.

Recommendations


Recommendations In view of the priorities in 2009, the following are the UNCT’s recommendations and requests for support: • Technical and quality assurance support for the CCA and UNDAF process, in particular ensuring that human rights, gender and disaster mitigation are mainstreamed in the documents. • Further to the UNDAF commitment and past communication through the RC annual reporting system, clarity is still needed with regard to the establishment of a full-fledged Joint Office in the Maldives in 2011; such an action had been planned prior to the tsunami, but had been deferred due to the recovery operations. • Provide measures that would enhance collaboration and ensure communication between the UN system in the Maldives and non-resident agencies which intend to implement projects in the Maldives, to make sure that projects would be aligned with the UNDAF and resources would be effectively utilized.

UN system in the Maldives has achieved last year’s development objectives of supporting the country in its democratic reform processes including protection and promotion of human rights, and has made progress in achieving UNDAF outcomes, despite considerable delay in programme implementation.

The expectation levels of the population have been raised with the historic transfer of power and with the promise that the upcoming two elections hold. The new young administration is now charged with the mandate of shepherding an infant democratic process and addressing economic challenges, brought about by severe budgetary deficits. The challenges ahead are therefore many and complex, particularly given that they are occurring in the context of a global economic downturn while Maldives is preparing to graduate from LDC status; and a proactive response to the threats of climate change and environmental degradation must be put in place – all critical issues for the development of the small island developing state.

Aware of these challenges, the UN system in the Maldives is committed to continue to deliver as one and provide effective and timely support to the Maldives in order to address these challenges and sustain its efforts to achieve the MDGs and other international development commitments.

Yours sincerely,

Patrice Coeur-Bizot Resident Coordinator Maldives

Cc: Mr. Kemal Dervis, UN Development Group Chair Ms. Deborah Landey, UNDGO Director Mr. Ajay Chibber, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Dan Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Ms. Nobuko Horibe, UNFPA Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Mansoor Ali, UNICEF Representative Ms. Lene K. Christiansen, UNFPA Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives Dr. Jorge Luna, WHO Representative Mr. Patrick Evans, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and Maldives Ms. Tine Staermose, ILO Director Mr. David Bridger, UNAIDS Programme Coordinator for Sri Lanka and Maldives




   2008 Results and Use of Funds

2008 Results and Use of Funds
Part One: Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (Results 2008)
Key Result Area Outcome Name Indicate Total Budget Per Outcome Provide an indicative budget delivery amount per outcome in 2008.    Comments
UNDAFOutcome 1Social and Economic Equity - By 2010, the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society in the Maldives will enjoy better health status, improved access to quality education, enhanced social protection, income and employmen $8,971,634.33$5,249,021.25 
UNDAFOutcome 2Environment Management and Disaster Risk Reduction - By 2010, communities enjoy improved access to environmental services and are more capable of protecting the environment and reducing vulnerability and disaster risks with enhanced disaster mgmt capacity$2,325,707.00$1,072,351.40 
UNDAFOutcome 3Governance - people enjoy greater rights and have increased capacity to fulfil their responsibilities, and to actively participate in national and local levels of governance$6,223,350.00$329,788.00 
UNDAFOutcome 4   
UNDAFOutcome 5   
PART 1 TOTAL $17,520,691.33 $6,651,160.65
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 Transition Un Agencies3 Other
Required Spent 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

       
UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and/or the UNDG Action Plan on the Development Outcome of the World Summit (MDG Action Plan) * Implementing Partners of UNDAF/CPAPs are better able to manage the UN programmes to meet national development priorities and MDG Action Plan; MaldivInfo managed as a UN joint programme, is enhanced as monitoring platform for the MDGs and the National Development Plan

CPAPs and AWPs with clear goals, targets, and indicators and how these relate to the NDP, have been signed; Objectives of first year of implementation are met; MaldivInfomanaged as joint programme, updated, and launched to include NDP and localized MDG indicators; Joint MDG advocacy activities conducted

Country Programme of Action Plan signed in March 2008

Refresher training for User and Admin modules for UN colleagues and line ministries (attended by 11 participants, 3 from UN) conducted - Advanced Database Management conducted 21-24 July (2 UN staff attended) - Training of Trainers facilitated by DSG Delhi (attended by 16 participants, 1 from UN) - Ministry of Planning & National Development

$3,000.00 $3,000.00

       
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 * National authorities progressively address the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs

The UN Maldives support efforts to prepare partnership strategy for development and to report on progress to the Brussels Programme of Action

Preparation of Report by national authorities postponed

$5,000.00

       
Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

       
Other

Study on Impact of Least Developed Countries Graduation is on-going

       
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 Progress towards achieving 7th NDP targets regularly monitored, through enhancement of the MaldivInfo

MaldivInfo is managed as a UN joint programme; Capacity-building for MaldivInfo (DevInfo) activities conducted; MaldivInfo includes NDP, localized MDG, and UNDAF indicators (second release of MaldivInfo); DAD expanded and utilized for NDP monitoring; Government supported in the 7th NDP mid-term review

MaldivInfo activities undertaken; Development Assistance Database system completely transferred to Ministry of Finance; Synergy contract for maintenance of the system pending renewal

$2,000.00 $58,000.00 $42,500.00

       
UN support to aid coordination/management GoM aid coordination/management structures strengthened through the Maldives Partnership Forum and regular aid coordination meetings

2008 MPF conducted; regular meetings with donors conducted

Government decided to postpone the holding of the Maldives Partnership Forum; UN Maldives supporting on-going preparations for Maldives Partnership Forum scheduled to be held in March 2009; meetings conducted with the donors to update them of political developments in the Maldives

$6,000.00

       
Other

       
UNDAF/Common Programming
Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle * Implementing Partners of UNDAF/CPAPs are better able to manage the UN programmes to meet national development priorities

CPAPs and AWPs signed

Country Programme of Action Plan signed (March). All Annual Work Plan submitted to Department of External Resources and signed .

$2,000.00

       
Preparation of CCA/UNDAF

       
Implementation of UNDAF M&E Framework * Partners and UN are able to monitor UNDAF implementation using the UNDAF M & E Framework

UNDAF M&E Framework finetuned, through the M& E Group, to reflect contribution to 7th NDP and harmonized with CPAP M and E; UNDAF Working Groups on Social and Economic Equity, Governance, and Environmental Sustainability created and functioning with clear TORs

UNDAF M&E finetuned accordingly; UNDAF Working Groups established

$3,000.00

       
UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation Partners and UN able to monitor annual progress in UNDAF implementation

First UNDAF Annual Review (AWP Reviews) conducted, through technical support from the UNDAF M&E Group and UNDAF Working Groups

Joint Annual Review of the Common Country Action Plan/CCS conducted

$3,000.00 $2,992.00

       
Other

       
Joint Programmes6
Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Implementing Partners and UN are able to formulate Programme Documents for new JPs (MaldivInfo and gender)

Consultations held to formulate the Programme Documents for new JPs (MaldivInfo and gende); new Prodocs signed

Joint Programme on MaldivInfo ready for signature; Draft of Joint Programme document on Gender prepared

$4,500.00

       
M&E of Joint Programmes Management mechanisms for HRC JP and Global Fund JP operate more effectively

Management committees meet regularly; Year-end objectives of JPs achieved

Management Committees of the JP on the Strengthening of the Human Rights Commission and the Global Fund HIV/AIDS fully functional and meet regularly to approve workplans and provide strategic direction to the JPs

       
Other

       
HACT
Plan for the roll-out/implementation 7 of HACT in the country * Implementing partners and UN staff able to use the FACE form for financial reporting

Microassessments of remaining Ips conducted; HACT orientation/training with UN staff and partners conducted; Assurance activities/plan approved and included in common UN Maldives HACT guidelines; Training and orientation sessions conducted to partners on the use of the FACE form

Microassessment of remaining 4 IPs conducted; Harmonized Approach on Cash Transfers training on use Funding Authorization Certificate on Expenditute form for IPs conducted; Harmonized Approach on Cash Transfers Assurance Plan approved; Harmonized Approach on Cash Transfers rolled out in February 2008

$1,000.00 $1,000.00 $12,000.00 $12,000.00

       
Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT

       
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.) National information systems support gender sensitive data disaggregation, generation and analysis for planning and policy development.

Trainings conducted on gender analysis; MaldivInfo contains gender disaggregated information

Gender analysis training undertaken for 2 atolls; Training has also been conducted on on Gender Responsive Budgeting and Gender Analysis of Census Data for the national authorities

       
Capacity development for gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality UN staff able to analyze and formulate programme documents using a gender lens

Trainings conducted on gender mainstreaming; Programme documents reviews/analyzed for gender mainstreaming

Gender learning assessment undertaken and gender training for UN staff was conducted in October

$10,032.00 $2,000.00

       
Other

       
HIV/AIDS
Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * JUNTA able to manage and implement programmes in support of the NSP

Regular meetings conducted by the Joint UN Team on AIDS to support Global Fund Implementation and national HIV/AIDS Plan; UN HIV/AIDS Integrated Support Plan (ISP) finalized to among others address the following gaps: need for a UN-wide country advocacy strategy that is rights-based; improved engagement of national authoritites with civil society; resource mobilization for unfunded areas in th NSP which are on MSMs, sex workers, and judiciary; UNDOC to deploy officer to prepare for longer-term UNODC presence to assist national authorities

UN Joint Programme of Support on HIV/AIDS 2008-2011 finalized/approved; UN Joint Team on AIDS meets regrularly to support the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS

       
UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * Implementing partners and UN in Global Fund for ATM able to manage the JP effectively; National authorities able to monitor UNGASS implementation

JP activities are implemented to meet annual objectives: Focus for 2008 are: conduct of behavioral surveys of sex workers, MSMs, and youth; development of communications strategy to address stigma and discrimination; conduct of technical needs assessment to conduct JP's technical support plan; Consultations conducted to develop the UNGASS Report; Consultant hired to support government in the drafting of the UNGASS Report

First Behavioral and Bilogical Survey conducted and disseminated

$2,000.00 $10,000.00 $66,700.00

       
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace UN staff are more aware of HIV/AIDS in the Workplace policies and practice them

UN policies on HIV/AIDS in the workplace issued, regularly monitored for implementation

HIV/AIDS Awareness and Learning Assessment conducted among UN staff

       
Other

       
Human Rights
Application of Human Right Based Approach UN programmes are rights-based

UN programmes reviewed with rights perspective; HRBA training conducted

UN Programmes reviewed using the rights approach; Results Based Assessment training of UN staff undertaken; Results Based Assessment training module developed

$60,000.00

       
Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems UNCT able to achieve the objectives of Action 2 and the JP on HRC

Through Action 2 JP, the following objecives are achieved: support to government in reporting (Common core document, ICCPR, ICESCR, concluding observations of CEDAW, Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) and ratification of the Convention on Disabled persons; improved capacity of civil society to promote, monitor human rights; training module on rights-based mainstreaming of UN development programmes developed. Through the JP on HRC, the following objectives are achieved: awareness campaign conducted to public servants, mainstreaming of human rights in the curricula, and awareness raising through media; computerization of cases; exchanges with other HRCs conducted; and Strategic Plan for HR revised

Through Action 2, UN Maldives supported the drafting of the Human Rights Core document, strengthened human rights protection mechanisms, including civil society participation; Comments to CEDAW action plan provided by the UN; UN Inter-agency Fact-finding Mission on the Presidential elections conducted (in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs)

$764.00 $120,000.00 $108,600.00

       
Other

       
Coordination of Humanitarian/Natural Disaster Operations
Coordination of humanitarian operations UN able to respond and coordinate better during disasters

Coordination systems are in place and utilized when needed

UN Disaster Contingency Plan updated

       
Preparation of crisis prevention/natural disaster operations/plans UN, together with national authorities are better equipped to gather accurate information and make decisions during disasters

UN Disaster Contingency Plan reviewed and updated, in accordance with new IASC guidelines; AHI preparedness plan reviewed and updated; Multi-sectoral RA tool used; EmergencyInfo training conducted; Disaster Preparedness and AHI simulation exercises conducted

UN Disaster Contingency Plan updated; Avian and Human Influenza Preparedness Plan updated; Multi-sectoral Rapid Assessment tool finalized

$3,000.00

       
Contingency Plan initiatives

       
Other

A UN report will be drafted reflecting experiences and lessons learned in coordination of UN humanitarian response and recovery efforts

$4,000.00

       
Security
Security Management Team SMT are able to make timely and effective decisions to enhance security

SMT meetings conducted regularly to reviewand make decisions on security measures

Security Management Team meetings held regularly and more frequently to prepare and respond to security risks posed by the Presidential elections

       
UNCT Security Plan UN Staff are more secure and are aware of security measures, including systems

Timely receipt of clear and useful security advisories; security trainings and briefings conducted; Visitors' screening room constructed

Security Risk Assessment reviewed in the light of the Presidential elections; Security services in the UN Building were reviewed; Fire preparedness trainings conducted; Visitors’ screening room constructed and polices established; warden system regularly updated; security policies regularly communicated to staff

       
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) Agencies reach agreement on common services such as travel services, reception (registry), procurement, HR, messengerial services and driving for implementation

New common services explored/initiated and presented to UNCT for approval

Common Services Workshop conducted wherein existing common services were reviewed and new common services identified for further study

$4,000.00 $4,064.00 $4,349.00

       
Planned initiatives on common premises UN House is MOSS-compliant, based on enhanced standards and friendly to disabled persons

Visitors' screening room constructed; Access ramp to UN House constucted

Visitor's screening room constructed; proposals for access ramp reviewed by Operations Management Team

       
Other

Maintenance of UN House (cleaners and security guards)

$147,121.00 $147,121.00

       
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 UN is perceived as

UN Communications Plan developed; Joint UN communications activities conducted; UN press releases issued

UN Communications Strategy 2008-2011 approved by UNCT; Joint Advocacy events and activities conducted such as the UN Day celebrations (theme: human rights and climate change); school presentions on the UN; materials printed: Common Country Action Plan compilation, UN Calendar, brochure, 60 ways the UN makes a difference

$6,000.00 $2,159.00 $5,000.00 $22,147.00

       
Other

       
Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy
Development/implementation of RM strategy Resources are mobilized to fill UNDAF funding needs

Consultations with donors conducted; UN RM strategy developed

- Meeting with diplomatic community undertaken during DPA mission (8 May) - Bilateral meetings conducted by RC to update on political reform process (February)

$5,138.00 $5,000.00

       
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 Non-resident agencies able to provide effective support to UN Maldives programmes and in accordance with the UNDAF

TA for programmes of non-resident agencies in support of UNDAF is coordinated

? UNODC presence in the Maldives from March to May 2008 and UNODC consultant UNODC presence in the Maldives from March to May 2008 and UNODC consultant placed in Male' (November); close coordination with the UNCT through the Joint UN Team on AIDS

-Regular liaison/communication with ILO on Employment strategy and accession to ILO; FAO Representative sits as regular member of the UNCT; regular communication with WB, missions conducted; Missions conducted by ESCAP (LDC Graduation), IFAD, UNESCO (cultural heritage, science and technology, EFA); UN Maldives contributed to Multi-agency global study on evaluating the impact of tsunami recovery/rehabilitation progammes (Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development, LRRD).

       
Other

       
Result Area 4: Coordination Capacity of the UNCT
Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity
RCO Staffing RC Office able to effectively and efficiently support the RC/UNCT in meeting the expected outputs of the 2008 UNCT workplan

Core RC Office composed of international Coordination Specialist, Communications Associate and Coordination Associate have their contracts in order and rationalized according to organization's standards

RC Office supported RC/UNCT to achieve 2008 RC/UNCT objectiives, Communications Associate left in August to pursue higher studies, and Communications Officer under recruitment

$15,000.00 $14,574.00 $20,000.00 $135,000.00

       
Materials/Equipment RC Office works efficiently

Office furniture and equipment are purchased

Conference table and computer purchased

$4,000.00 $5,298.00

       
Training of UN staff RC Office staff have improved technical capacity in the areas of Progamme Management, M&E, communications, operations, disaster, coordination, human rights, and gender, among other things

RC Office participate in relevant trainings

RC has planned to participate in the UNSSC Leadership Training Workshop, but his participation had to be postponed in view of the political developments in the Maldives; Coordination Specialist participated in UNSSC Introductory Course on Evaluation; Coordination Associate participated in the Sub-Regional Coordination meeting;

$9,214.00 $8,000.00

       
Other

Conduct of UNCT Retreat/Workplanning and meetings

$500.00

       

TOTAL $40,000.00 $55,937.00 $60,000.00 $36,794.00 $347,121.00 $376,921.00 $0.00 $0.00 $195,000.00 $0.00



   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
Support to the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives Governance and democracy The joint programme on Strengthening the Human Rights Commission hopes to promote a culture of human rights and promote an indpendent, professional, accountable, consutative, transparent Human Rights Commission in the Maldives. The programme contributes to the Govenance Outcome objective of the UNDAF and the promotion of human rights in accordance with the MDGs and the Millennium Declaration.

2007 - 2009 Pooled
UNDP UNDP

$844,000.00
UNDPUNDP$300,000.00
UNICEFUNICEF$165,000.00
UNFPAUNFPA$50,000.00
Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria HIV/AIDS The joint programme on the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, which was established in late 2007 will continue into 2008, with the aim of ensuring that the low prevalence of HIV/AIDS is sustained in the period of the UNDAF. The Maldives is a low prevalence country and while the level of awareness on HIV/AIDS is high, the Second MDG Country Report emphasizes the need to address the special challenges of reaching out to and assessing the sexual behaviour of high risk populations, as well as ensuring that adequate technical and managerial areas of HIV/AIDS programme is available. The JP also hopes to support national development strategies on HIV/AIDS, in accordance with the National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS.

2007 UNDP UNDP Department of Public Health, Society for Health Education

$2,600,000.00
Global FundGlobal Fund$2,600,000.00
MaldivInfo MDGs Evidence-based and informed decision making through increased availability of gender sensitive, disaggregated data and information for resource allocation and planning are highlighted in the UNDAF. MaldivInfo, the locally customised version of DevInfo will be institutionalised and Government capacity will be built to utilise the tool with a view to strengthen decision making and policy implementation.

2008 - 2010 Pooled
UNICEF UNICEF Department of Planning

$107,000.00
UNICEFUNICEF$25,500.00
UNDPUNDP$10,000.00
UNFPAUNFPA$5,000.00
WHOWHO$3,000.00
Gender Empowerment Gender A UN survey conducted in 2005 highlighted the extent to which GBV prevails in the country. An alarming finding is that one in three women (36.6%) aged 15-49 reported to have experienced at least one form of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. MDG3 is also one goal which the country has not met. To support the country achieve the MDGs, the UNDAF ensured that gender was mainstreamed in all UN programmes. To focus specifally to address GBV, this joint programme was developed to increase advocacy for gender equality and empowerment, strengthen health and protection services , and create an enabling environment that wouldprevent and address GBV.

2009 - 2010 UNFPA UNFPA Ministry of Health

$300,000.00
UNFPAUNFPA$40,000.00



   Coordination Procedures and Practices

Coordination practices and procedures
CP Results Recommendations to DGO
Instead of conducting separate surveys, the UN agencies contributed additional funds to expand the geographical scope of the first HIV/AIDS Biological and Behavioral Survey

Transaction costs:
Achievements:The BBS was the first survey of its kind in the Maldives that focused on Most-at-Risk Populations (MARP) and Most-At-Risk Adolescents (MARA). Instead of conducting separate surveys or studies, covering the same target respondents, the UN agencies contributed to the budgeted resources under the Global Fund Programme to expand the geographical scope of the survey. Technical advice was provided by the Joint UN Theme on AIDS who worked with the consultant and the national partners in the conduct of the survey.
Lessons learned:
UNCT gave an Orientation on the UN system to the President, Vice President, and Members of the Cabinet

Transaction costs:
Achievements:With the new leadership in Government, the UNCT gave an orientation on the framework of development of the UN/MDGs, how the UN system works, its package of support, mandates of the UN agencies, and the UNDAF. Not only did the orientation meeting make the new members of the Executive more aware of the UN and its development work, but it also promoted the commitment of the UN to deliver as one.
Lessons learned:
Holding of inter-agency learning/training activities on human rights based approach to development and gender

Transaction costs:
Achievements:- Most of the UN staff were trained on the rights-based approach and gender - Training module on RBA in the Maldives context was developed
Lessons learned:
CPAPs have a common foreword and joint signing of the CPAPs

Transaction costs:
Achievements:Although developed individually by the UNDG Excom agencies, the CPAPs had a common foreword and a joint-signing was held to show enhanced coherence and collaboration and commitment to deliver as one.
Lessons learned:
Holding of the Joint Annual Review of the CPAP (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA)/Country Cooperation Strategy (WHO)

Transaction costs:
Achievements:- Instead of carrying out separate Annual Reviews, the Joint Review provided the opportunity for the UN system to identify common challenges in implementation and possible measures to address these collectively with the national partners. The Joint Review was also a forum where key accomplishments towards the UNDAF outcomes and opportunities for scaling-up of collaboration were identified.
Lessons learned:
Holding of Quarterly Meetings with the UN Staff to discuss progress in inter-agency collaboration and other special concerns, such as on the drafting of the new Constitution

Transaction costs:
Achievements:Communications and information-sharing on the UN reform and key development concerns among the UN staff enhanced team work and unity.
Lessons learned:
Monthly circulation of Events Bulletin to inform the UNCT of inter-agency or agencies’ activities/missions

Transaction costs:
Achievements:Information-sharing on agencies activities has enhanced efficiency by avoiding overlapping or duplication of events/activities. It also strengthened the participation and involvement of the UN staff on other agencies’ activities.
Lessons learned:



   2009 Workplan

2009 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 (WORKPLAN09)
UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy/MD and MDGs plan UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP

UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including scaling up MDG initiatives * Accelerated national response to meeting the MDGs and strengthened capacity to monitor progress

Achievement of first year objectives of the MaldivInfo Joint Programme; Joint Programme document on GBV signed; UNDAF provide strategic direction to accelerate meeting the MDGs

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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 * Strengthened national capacity to implement the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs, including LDC graduation

UNDAF defines strategic support to address the challenges of LDCs; Support provided in the study on the impact of LDC graduation; partnerships developed with relevant non-resident UN agencies and international developments partners to prepare the country for LDC graduation

$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 to aid coordination/management Enhanced aid coordination mechanism established

Holding of the Maldives Partnership Forum; Sustainable Aid Coordination mechanism established

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

UNDAF/Common Programming Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle * UNDAF aligned with the new national development priorities

UNDAF reviewed for alignment with new national development priorities and harmonized with national development planning process

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Preparation of CCA/UNDAF Strengthened national capacity to analyze the development situation and plan

CCA/UNDAF process/review conducted in an inclusive process

$12,000.00 $84,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * Strengthened national capacity to monitor progress towards UNDAF outcomes

MaldivInfo contains UNDAF indicators; UNDAF Review and Evaluation guided by the UNDAF M&E Framework

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation Strengthened national capacity to monitor progress towards the UNDAF and address challenges

UNDAF Review for alignment with new national development priorities held; end of the year UNDAF Annual Review held

$0.00 $2,500.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (drawing from your UNDAF Annual Review)

Joint Programmes6 Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Human Rights Commission Strengthening, MaldivInfo and GBV Joint Programme objectives are achieved

HRCM JP Steering Committee meets regularly and project implemented; MadlinInfo and Gender JP documents signed; resources are allocated; management mechanisms established

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

M&E of Joint Programmes

Other

HACT Plan for the roll-out/implementation 7 of HACT in the country * HACT implemented in accordance with the new public accounting system; Increased Implementation rate of UN projects; Accountability of Ips for development resources enhanced

Meetings conducted to identify complementation of HACT with new public accounting system; Joint assurance activities conducted

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT

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.)

Capacity development for Gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality. UN staff able to analyze and formulate programme documents using a gender lens

Trainings conducted on gender mainstreaming; UNDAF reviewed to mainstream gender

$0.00 $10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

HIV/AIDS Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * Joint UN Team on AIDS functional and UN JPS implemented

JUNTA meets regularly; Major activities identified in the UNJSP implemented

$0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * Strenthened capacity of the National AIDS Council and the National AIDS Programme to implement the National Strategic Plan

Trainings and advocavy activities conducted NAC and NAP

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

HIV/AIDS in the Workplace * UN staff more aware of UN HIV/AIDS policies and practice them

Learning Strategy developed and implemente; UN Cares workplan implemented

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

Human Rights Application of Human Right Based Approach UN Programme implementation are rights-based

Annual objectives of the JP on Streghtening the HRCM achieved

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems Strengthened capacity of the Human Rights Commission and civil society organizations to protect human rights national capacity to promote, protect and fulfill human rights, especially in the context of the Parliamentary and local elections; Human rights mainstreamed in CCA and UNDAF;

RBA analysis of UNDAF conducted

$0.00 $10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

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) Existing common services improved and new common services identified

Actions to improve existing common services undertaken; Feasibility studies on new common services conducted; New common services approved for implementation by UNCT

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Planned initiatives on common premises

Other (specify)

Other (specify) Other (specify)

Coordination of Emergency Preparedness and Relief (WORKPLAN09)
Preparedness Coordination of emergency preparedness efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors Improved UNCT capacity to respond to disasters

Disaster/AHI Preparedness Plans updated

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Relief Coordination of humanitarian operations

Establishment of Humanitarian Country Team

Development of a response plan

Other (specify)

Advocy

Resource mobilization

UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN09)
Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan Increased national awareness on human rights, gender, climate change adaptation and MDGs

Advocacy and communication activities conducted

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

Other (specify)

Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy Development/implementation of RM strategy

Other (specify)

Security Management (WORKPLAN09)
Security Duty station specific security risk assessment (SRA) for all locations in the country where UN staff are present

Implementation of mitigating measures as identified in SRA

Other

Up to date security plan

Security Management Team SMT is proactive and responsive to security risks

SMT meetings conducted regularly; Security Advisories issued when necessary

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Implementation of security training for staff Security of UN staff maintained; UN Building maintains MOSS compliance

Regular security advisories and drills undertaken

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN09)
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 more involved and contributes to the UNDAF

Non-resident agencies are able to identify how to support UNDAF implementation in a coherent way; Meetings with visiting non-resident agencies held

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN09)
Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity RCO Staffing RCO able to provide timely and effective support to achieve the UNCT objecitves

RCO prepares appropriate documents and reports for the RC/UNCT; RCO supports the RC/UNCT in managing the CCA/UNDAF process

$25,000.00 $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Materials/Equipment

Required supplies and equipment are available

$0.00 $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Training of UN staff RC Office has increased capacity to provide effective support to the RC/UNCT, especially for the CCA/UNDAF process

RC Office staff participate in appropriate trainings

$0.00 $10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)


TOTAL $42,000.00 $174,500.00 $0.00 $0.00