The Common Country Assessment (CCA) is a common instrument used by the United Nations to analyze national development situations and identify key development issues, with a focus on the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally-agreed treaty obligations and development goals.
The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the strategic programme framework for the UN Country Team. It describes the UNCT’s collective response to the priorities in the national development framework, priorities that may be influenced by the UN Country Team's analytical contribution. While specialized agencies and non-resident agencies do not use the "harmonized programme cycle" of the UNDG Executive Committee agencies, this should not be an impediment to their full engagement in the UNDAF. Their expected programme or project activities and budget contributions should be linked, as much as possible, to the UNDAF results matrix.
Executive Summary of the UNDAF for the period 2010-2015
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the result of a consultative process undertaken to analyze how the United Nations can most effectively respond to Uzbekistan's national priorities and needs. The UNDAF is guided by the goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration, which have been endorsed by the Government, as well as by the national Welfare Improvement Strategy (WIS) 2008-2010 and other key documents. The UNDAF translates these into a common operational framework for development activities, through which individual United Nations organizations can formulate their actions for the period from 2010 to 2015.
Complementing national aspirations for economic competitiveness with the urgency of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Uzbekistan, four inter-related priority areas have emerged as particularly important. In all four of these areas, a capacity development paradigm will be at the centre of what the United Nations will do, anchored by human rights norms and values, and the principles of gender mainstreaming and inclusiveness. Likewise, the increased involvement of civil society with regard to policymaking processes will be paramount. The four priority areas are:
1) Economic Well-Being, with particular attention to vulnerable groups;
2) Social Services, emphasizing increased access to and use of quality services;
3) Environment, encompassing integration of the principles of sustainable development into national policies and programmes;
4) Governance, focused on enhanced effectiveness, inclusiveness and accountability at central and local levels alike.
A crosscutting issue that underpins interventions in all priority areas is the explicit focus on vulnerable groups, defined as the residents of economically underdeveloped, mainly rural areas. These residents include women (particularly home-based workers), labour migrants and their families, children (particularly most-at-risk adolescents), the elderly, HIV-positive people, refugees, and people with disabilities. Other crosscutting issues include gender, young people, human rights, the development of enhanced legal frameworks, the strengthening of data, the conservation of national heritage, environment and climate change, and gender, age and diversity mainstreaming. Advocacy with regards to the MDGs will also be addressed under all UNDAF Outcomes.
United Nations Agencies offer particular comparative advantages with regards to making further tangible progress toward the achievement of MDGs. The agencies can accomplish this by drawing on their values, their successful global knowledge base, their best practices and lessons learnt, and their normative mandate and track record in Uzbekistan. The agencies can benefit from their neutrality, and their ability to encourage efficient coordination and facilitate accountability among donors. In so doing, the United Nations can help Uzbekistan capitalize on unprecedented opportunities in terms of democratization and development.