CCA / UNDAF
Through the UNDAF, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in BiH aims to increase efficiency and effectiveness in addressing the country’s development priorities, while taking into account the global development frameworks embedded in the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as international conventions and treaties signed by the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In UNDAF implementation, the UN is taking an overall strategic approach to capacity development at all levels of Government and civil society. In this respect, the UNCT will in particular work towards developing the capacities of government institutions to develop and implement evidence-based policies and promote inclusive quality public services. Local level interventions will prioritise a rights-based and gender sensitive approach, and prioritise marginalised and excluded groups. Further support will be provided to civil society to participate in the decision-making process and be empowered to claim their rights. There will also be a partnership with the private sector. Four areas of cooperation are agreed as particularly critical for the United Nations support to the BiH Government and the civil society during the five-year UNDAF period:
1. Transparent and accountable democratic governance that meets the requirements of the EU accession process, including evidence-based policy making, local governance, public administration reform, access to justice, gender equality and civil society participation in policy-making mechanisms and processes.
2. Social inclusion, encompassing participatory policy development and implementation to ensure inclusive and quality basic social protection and employment services, with particular focus on access and participation for socially excluded and vulnerable groups.
3. Environment, including the strengthening of environmental management mechanisms to meet EU accession and multilateral environmental agreements requirements and, at the same time, to support the development of capacities at the local level for natural resource management and sustainable development.
4. Human Security, particularly as it pertains to the threats posed by natural disasters, communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis), landmines, small arms and light weapons and issues of migration.
In all four areas the United Nations supports BiH on its road to Europe. The centrality of the EU agenda in BiH calls for a special form of cooperation whereby UNCT assistance is congruent with EU accession and at the same time reinforced by a particular emphasis on human rights and inclusive development. In line with the UN principles of engagement, the following five principles will be mainstreamed in all activities implemented under this UNDAF: human-rights based approach to development, gender equality, environmental sustainability, results-based management and capacity development.