Annual Programme Review: Encouraging Results ReportedNov 22, 2016
On Tuesday, 22 November 2016, the Congolese government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and UNDP undertook a review of the Country Programme Action Plan. This annual review is a mandatory consultation process between the government and its technical and financial partners, with the goal of measuring the progress and results in the area of sustainable human development.
UNDP achieved encouraging and transformational results in 2015 and 2016 in the areas of local and judicial governance, the fight against sexual violence and the empowerment of women, community recovery and inclusive growth, the environment and climate change, as well as the fight against HIV / AIDS.
- Fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: The functional capacities of 24 structures within the criminal justice chain (including seven squadrons for the Protection of Children and for the Fight against Sexual Violence; 13 legal clinics and four free consultation offices) were developed in order to be able to offer integrated care for victims of sexual violence.
- Community Recovery and Inclusive Growth: The number of clients of microfinance institutions rose by 133%, from 805,750 in 2011 to 1,879,060 in 2015, of which 49.80% were women, and around 660,000 were from low-income households and living in rural areas. These results were obtained with the support of the Support Programme for the Microfinance Sector (PASMIF).
- Environment and the Fight against Climate Change: Since 2015, UNDP has supported the Democratic Republic of the Congo to develop an updated REDD+ strategy and a national investment plan of over a billion US dollars for REDD+, of which almost US$ 200 million have already been mobilised through the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI).
- Fight against HIV / AIDS: Capacity building was provided to 2,928 participants to strengthen their abilities in the following areas: law, human rights and HIV, with the goal of fighting against stigmatization and discrimination. The HIV intervention strategy for prisons was also operationalized. In seven provinces, 12,000 prisoners were briefed and 4,569 undertook voluntary screenings; 99 of them were found to be HIV-positive and are now undergoing antiretroviral treatment in prison.
The annual review is both a mechanism for strengthening accountability and for improving dialogue between the Congolese Government and development partners, including UNDP, in order to assess the effectiveness and impact of the development partners' interventions.
In her opening address, Ms. Priya Gajraj, the Country Director of UNDP, underlined that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes a transformational plan of action for Africa, the DRC and its population. This Annual Review is therefore in line with the country's commitment to the Agenda 2030 and to the process of national appropriation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Annual Review aims to achieve the following general objectives:
- Improve UNDP DRC’s accountability to donors and stakeholders, and fulfil the requirements of the Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP) by presenting credible proof of results supported by concrete data and systematic analyses.
- Reinforce a more systematic, results-based approach to decision-making and planning processes.
- Promote Country Office ownership of shared outcomes by providing information on how to better implement the Country Cooperation Framework jointly with partners.
- Reaffirm and strengthen the Government's leadership in monitoring and evaluation, ownership and communication of development projects and programmes implemented in the DRC.
For his part, the Secretary General of International and Regional Cooperation, Mr. Mondonga, underlined that “The work was chaired by the Secretary General for International and Regional Cooperation and involved the participation of representatives from civil society, donors, officials from the various agencies, and delegates from the Congolese government”.