United Nations Youth – The ‘UNLOCKED’ Project

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The ‘UNLOCKED’ Project – UNLOCKED is a space for Sri Lankan youth to express their views and opinions on development with the aim of creating positive change in the world. The views expressed in the blogs are solely those of the authors. UNDP Sri Lanka does not represent or endorse the views expressed in these blogs.

UNDP works with national partners to help people achieve inclusive and sustainable human development. We address regional disparities by strengthening local economies and governance systems able to deliver social services in an equitable manner, while helping disadvantaged communities to access justice systems and legal aid. We also work to protect the environment and develop national capacities to respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose.

This week the UNLOCKED blog is about the impact of drugs on youth.

Check it out: https://bit.ly/1NnHIkd

Empowering lives
Since 1967, as a key development partner in Sri Lanka, UNDP has been working to achieve sustainable human development in economic, social and environmental fronts.

As the development arm of the United Nations, UNDP’s overarching goal is to empower and improve the lives of people.

Working closely with the Government at national, regional and local levels, and civil society and private sector, UNDP’s work spans across poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery and environmental sustainability.

UNDP is proud to have worked with the people of Sri Lanka for nearly five decades, and is now focused on helping the country usher in the Post 2015 development agenda to achieve sustainable human development with a renewed commitment to empower women and youth.

What do they want to accomplish?

Starting in 2013, UNDP’s Country Programme will focus on two broad areas: Governance for Empowerment and Social Inclusion, which will include work on socio-economic recovery and development, social inclusion, rule of law and access to justice, local governance, human rights and parliamentary support, and Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience, focusing on ecosystem-based natural resource management, clean energy, climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction.

In its new programme, UNDP will work with national and local government and the private sector, while increasing the capacities of civil society and communities enabling them to jointly plan, implement, monitor and sustain socio-economic development. UNDP will also aim to create sustainable livelihoods and protect human rights with special attention to the needs of the marginalized, including women-headed households, youth, plantation sector workers and conflict-affected communities. UNDP will continue to support the sustainable development agenda, building on the close relationship with Government agencies and others. UNDP will work at the national level on policy issues and at the local level on local economic development, the strengthening of local governance and on environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction, building on its close relationships with Government.

What are their results?

UNDP has been engaged in Sri Lanka for more than six decades and as it transits into a new programme, it builds on the results achieved so far.

In the aftermath of the conflict, UNDP helped communities establish productive livelihoods and rebuild small-scale infrastructure. It also enabled them to become more resilient by engaging in village-level planning, building cyclone and flood resistant houses and improving their capacity to respond to disasters.

UNDP has played a key role in boosting public sector performance. It supported the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to improve its monitoring of aid flows (as identified in the Paris agenda) through the establishment of the Integrated National Data Information System (INDIS). The database monitors a range of key performance indicators, including various parameters based on Results-based Management (RBM) principles. The database, housed in the Ministry of Finance, strengthens accountability of fund utilization and ultimately, the management of aid. The INDIS system also has the capability of managing evaluations of past development projects, which includes lessons learned. This will improve development of project proposals. In 2011, with UNDP technical support, the Ministry of Finance and Planning made it mandatory to use RBM techniques for performance monitoring and budget preparation.

In supporting governance structures, UNDP has been building the capacities of the central and deconcentrated arms of government, as well as the locally elected bodies. These are now in a strengthened position to plan and coordinate their development activities, using multiple sources of information, and adopting best practices for building design and land use.

UNDP has built a close relationship with Government agencies and other concerned institutions on environmental issues and is well-positioned to support the national agenda for sustainable development. In improving response to disasters, UNDP has provided technical assistance and training to strengthen the National Disaster Management Center. UNDP supported over 30 government agencies involved with development, conservation and planning to conduct an Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment for the conflict-affected Northern Province, which established environmental baselines and mapped important archaeological areas and wildlife corridors.

More recently, UNDP commissioned the National Human Development Report, 2014. Recognized as a useful input for the National Budget for 2013, the NHDR examines the social and economic disparities across Sri Lanka’s geographic regions and across different groups of the population and assesses the health, education, employment and governance sectors. It serves as an advocacy tool as it puts forth a set of policy recommendations to help overcome disparities, enabling Sri Lanka’s people to contribute to and participate in its overall socio-economic progress.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Representative of UNDP is also the Resident Coordinator, who heads the UN system in Sri Lanka. The Country Programme is managed by a Country Director who manages the day –to-day operations of UNDP Sri Lanka under delegated authority for the Resident Representative. The Country Director is assisted by one Deputy Country Director who heads the Programme and Operations of the Country Office. UNDP, under the new programme cycle, will be moving towards having two results-oriented thematic clusters corresponding to the two main focus areas (Governance for Empowerment and Social Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability and Resilience), in which, programme and operations staff work side by side. A policy support faculty will provide the platform for policy dialogues on key national priorities and help design strategic initiatives and mobilize resources.

UNDP Sri Lanka works closely with the national coordinating authority, the External Resources Department of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, and the National Planning Department, and with line ministries as well as with local authorities, civil society and community based organizations, academia and other UN Agencies.

How many are there?
Total numbers of staff and their contract modality. This includes UNDSS local and international staff. UNDSS local fixed-term contracts are issued by UNDP.