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Delivering as One

‘Delivering as One’ (DaO) is an initiative by the United Nations aimed at making the UN better coordinated and more efficient and effective. Within countries the UN aims to achieve this through having one leader, one programme, one budget, one voice and one house/shared common services. DaO is a result of demands from member states for the United Nations to be more efficient and to avoidduplication within countries. In response to this demand for change within the UN, a High Level Panel on System wide coherence was established by UN Secretary General Kofi Anan in 2005. In 2007 the UN DaO pilot initiative was launched in 8 counties; (Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Uruguay, Pakistan, Albania and Vietnam). Independent reviews of these countries indicate that the DaO reform isyielding positive results. In October 2010 the Government of Uganda formally requested that Uganda adopts the DaO initiative. In response, in 2011 the UN Country Team (UNCT) adopted an internal position paper describing the guiding principles and key priorities for DaO. This was followed up by aUNCT session on UN reform to identify key actions and capacities for the change process. The UNCT decided to use the UNDAF mid-term review 2012 (July-November) as the opportunity to take stock of progress towards the reform agenda and to establish a roadmap towards adopting the DaO and has commenced on this journey.

What are the issues the UN in Uganda is addressing through the ‘Delivering as One’ initiative? Uganda faces some significant development challenges. Northern Uganda needs to recover fully from over two decades of conflict, Karamoja still faces many development challenges, the HIV/AIDS challengehas taken on new dimensions, and the rapidly growing young population presents challenges and opportunities which need to be addressed. Under the current United Nations Development Assistance Frame work (UNDAF) 2010 -2014 agreed with the Government of Uganda, the UN is working on a wide range of issues including Livelihoods, Health Education, Human Rights, Gender, Environment, PopulationDynamics, HIV/AIDS, Youth Unemployment, Land Issues, Maternal Mortality, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. Northern Uganda is a special area of focus.

Coordination Mechanisms
The United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) provides strategic leadership in a collegial and participatory way. The UN Country Team (UNCT) is comprised of Heads of UN agencies, provides collective leadership to UN teams on programmes and operations. The Programme Management Team (PMT) comprised of Deputy Heads of Agencies guides coherence in programme implementation. The Operations Management Team guides on benefits arising from shared common services. The UN Communication Group (UNCG) is responsible for joint UN internal and external communication. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Team is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of implementation the UNDAF, joint programmes and joint initiatives. UN Area Coordinator (UNAC) System. The UN Resident Coordinator is assisted in her coordination role in the field by United Nations Area Coordinators (UNACs) in the areas where the UN has a strong presence on the ground. There are currently UNACs for Acholi Sub-region, Karamoja Sub-region and for South West Uganda.

One Leader
The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development. It aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. The Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General and the overall leader of the UN Country Team, which includes all UN agencies and offices working in Uganda.

Under the RC the UN Uganda is committed to acting collectively to enhance the UN’s role as an infl-uential player. UN leadership will aspire to be visible; vocal; present and engaged; credible and influential; and consistent. This way, the UN aims to maintain a greater sense of mutual accountability for performance across agencies.

UN Agencies in Uganda