UNDP Liberia has developed a draft of its Country Programme Document (CPD) and has begun briefing major stakeholders and partners on the 5-yr plan (2020-2024).
At a briefing with national partners at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), UNDP Resident Representative Pa Lamin Beyai, called on partners to see the strategic document as a holistic framework that speaks to UNDP comparative advantages in supporting Liberia's national development agenda- Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity & Development (PAPD).
"This draft document should not be seen as individualistic or project based, but rather one that fits within the lens of Liberia's development agenda and challenges," Beyai emphasized.
The new CPD rests on three programme outcomes, namely inclusive governance, sustaining peace and inclusive growth.
It is fully responsive to national priorities. It is aligned with the corresponding outcomes/pillars of the PAPD, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
Deputy Finance Minister Tanneh Brunson expressed appreciation to UNDP for taking keen interest in supporting Liberia to deliver services.
She emphasized response to downstream development priorities and challenges that fully align to "leaving no one behind" concept of the SDGs.
Minister Brunson urged national stakeholders not to see the development plan as agency specific, but rather within sectors.
UNDP Deputy for Programme Cleophas Torori, presented the draft document on behalf of the Agency.
The CPD programme rationale adopts a multidimensional approach in analysing the development context in Liberia and its programme priorities involve collaborative and integrated multi-sectoral work around specific target groups and geographic areas.
It targets 5 counties: Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado, owing to persistent poverty, vulnerability to climate change, weak service delivery, low social development indices, and high prevalence of SGBV, among other factors
The CPD explicitly describes how women will benefit from programme opportunities and benefits, and has identified and fully addressed risks related to potential gender inequality and discrimination against women and girls;
It also actively promotes the fulfilment of human rights and prioritizes the principles of accountability, meaningful participation, and non-discrimination.
Opportunities to enhance environmental sustainability and poverty-environment linkages are well considered and integrated in programme strategy and design.