UNDP and the UN System

UNDP is the largest development agency of the UN system and its role within the UN Country Team (UNCT) is co-ordination. UNDP manages the Resident Coordinator System, provides co-ordination support to each of the UN Agencies, and contributes financial, technical and human resource assistance to programmes and projects of sister agencies and other development partners.

The United Nations Country Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is comprised of nine UN Programmes and Specialised Agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, ILO, UNESCO, UN Women, UNV), the Breton Woods Institutions (World Bank, IFC, IMF), UNICTY and IOM.  Several regionally-based UN Agencies are operational in BiH through the implementation of the UNDAF BiH 2010-2014  (UNIDO, UNEP, UN-HABITAT, IFAD, UNECE) and through their individual projects and technical assistance (IAEA, FAO, UNODC).

The co-ordination of the UNCT is facilitated through the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO), whose main function is to support the UNCT through the provision of co-ordinated and analytical assistance, identification of joint UN initiatives and in ensuring that broad UN expertise is available to BiH counterparts in their efforts to advance the development of the country.  The Resident Coordinator's Office has five functional pillars reflecting the UN priorities in BIH: 1) Rule of Law, 2) Peace and Development, 3) Human Rights, 4) UN Co-ordination and Monitoring and Evaluation, and 5) Public Relations.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Yuri Afanasiev. He is also the UNDP Resident Representative in BiH. He assumed both his duties in February 2010.

The work of the UNCT in BiH is guided through a mid-term – usually 5 years - strategic framework called the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).  The UNDAF for BiH covering the period 2010-2014 was signed with the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in March 2009 and outlines the priority areas of UNCT development assistance in BiH and key strategic outcomes jointly defined with BiH partners. It recognises the aspirations of Bosnia and Herzegovina to become a member of the European Union as the overarching BiH priority and focusses on the following four priority areas of assistance: rural and regional development, social inclusion and democratic governance, justice and security, and energy and environment. Its implementation was launched in January 2010 with an approximate annual joint UNCT delivery of USD 45 million. The UNCT has jointly delivered over USD 131 million since the launch of the UNDAF and is on track to deliver over USD 220 million by the end of the programming cycle in 2014.

In 2013, the UNCT in BiH will embark upon the new common programming process, in close consultation with BiH and international counterparts, and will develop the next UNDAF for BiH for the 2015-2019 cycle. The next UNDAF is expected to be finalised and signed by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in early 2014 with the official implementation launch in 2015.

The UNCT is currently in the closing stage of implementation of four major Joint UN Programmes worth USD 32 million, funded largely by the Government of Spain with co-financing from local authorities through the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) awarded to BiH in 2010. The focus of the programmes is Culture and Development, Economic Governance (primarily water governance), Environment Protection (primarily energy efficiency and state of the environment data collection) and Youth Employability and Migration.

The UNCT has recently finalised the implementation of several other joint UN programmes that addressed the issues and challenges of gender-based violence in BiH and the implementation of the Roma Action Plan. In line with its strategic decision, reached in 2011, to initiate a process of developing the next generation of joint UN programmes, the UNCT has already engaged its BiH counterparts in a formulation process that should produce several new joint UN initiatives in 2013.  The focus of the next generation of joint UN programmes is to address, among other things, pressing BiH developmental challenges in the areas of peace and reconcilliation, transitional justice, protracted displacement, gender empowerment, social care and protection and energy efficiency and environment.

UNCT co-operation and co-ordination is also comprehensive in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, youth and employment issues, people with disabilities, local development and Roma issues.

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Resident Coordinator Annual Report 2012

B&H experienced a challenging year in terms of maintaining political stability as well as making progress with regard to the European Union (EU) integration process, which declaratorily remains a key strategic and developmental objective for the country.


Rural Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Myth and Reality

What is the state of human development in the rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the majority of its people live? Do they have jobs and decent incomes? Do they have proper access to health care and education? Are they connected by good roads, services and telecommunications? Are they involved in the mainstream of social and political life? How important is agriculture in rural life? These are the questions which this eighth Human Development
Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina sets out to answer.