ZUNDAF Annual Review: Strong Partnerships Deliver Concrete Development Results in Zimbabwe

The second High Level Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) 2012-2015 Annual Review meeting was held on 26 November 2013 in Harare. The main objective of the review was to engage in strategic discussions with regards to the contribution of the ZUNDAF to national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The review meeting was co-hosted by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Alain Noudehou and Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Ray Ndhlukula. It was attended by over 100 participants representing Government; United Nations; Donor and Heads of International Development Agencies.

During the half-day review meeting, participants reviewed, discussed and endorsed the six ZUNDAF Thematic Group progress reports for 2013. The review also provided an opportunity to identify lessons learned in policy, coordination, strategy and programming for 2014. The discussions also highlighted on the need to align the ZUNDAF with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim ASSET).

In his opening remarks as co-host of the High Level Review meeting, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Alain Noudehou said, “The review today will allow us to determine how best to implement the ZUNDAF in support of evolving national priorities.  And, at the same time, ensure that the ZUNDAF continues to espouse globally agreed goals, such as the MDGs, as well as international norms and principles.”

Referring to the new five year national economic development blueprint, the Zim ASSET, the Resident Coordinator said, “It is also our hope that this new national planning document will provide a strong platform for continued and growing engagement with all partners.”   

With the ZUNDAF ending in 2015 and Zim ASSET ending in 2018, the Resident Coordinator emphasized the need to align ZUNDAF to Zim ASSET, adding however that that there’s some congruence between the two policy documents already. “Going forward, we need to reflect in our planning on the quick-wins in the Zim ASSET” he noted.

The ZUNDAF, designed at a strategic level provides an agile framework that can effectively be aligned and adjusted to respond to the evolving national context, incorporates principles of recovery and development.

The co-host of the review meeting from the Government, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Ray Ndhlukula highlighted the need to move from humanitarian assistance to a developmental agenda. “Let us agree that the agenda shifts from food assistance to sustainable development,” he said, adding that a deeper appreciation of the Zim ASSET allows the ZUNDAF Thematic Groups to identify other areas for inclusion into the ZUNDAF programming as we go forward to 2018.

“We are confident that the ZUNDAF agenda will be fulfilled, leading to the transformation of the people of Zimbabwe,” said the Deputy Chief.

Through the ZUNDAF, and with continued financial support from all development partners, the UN agencies will have delivered approximately 430 million USD by the end of 2013.

Read the Statement by the Resident Coordinator

Read the Statement by the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet

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