UNDP, UN Women sign up for closer cooperation

May 25, 2015

A happy day for gender: Ercan Murat, Country Director for UNDP Afghanistan and Elzira Sagynbaeva, Country Representative for UN Women Afghanistan signing the MoU

25 May 2015, Kabul – UN Women and UNDP today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harmonize projects and streamline operations, fundraising and reporting.

“This agreement sees UNDP and UN Women join forces to ride the current wave of high-level political commitment to gender equality,” said Ercan Murat, Country Director for UNDP Afghanistan. By working in tandem, we are much better positioned to help the government turn this commitment into results.”

A pilot initiative has already shown success. Earlier this year, the two agencies were working on two separate monitoring databases. These databases, which are critical for tracking progress in areas ranging from violence against women to women’s economic empowerment, have now been consolidated into one online platform. This will be used by the government to monitor implementation of the National Action Plan for Women’s Affairs. It can be managed by a single body and allows for a unified set of trainings for government staff.

Today’s MoU institutionalizes the new approach, allowing for joint concept notes, joint pitches to donors, joint advocacy and joint capacity building programmes.

“In this way, we pool our resources and skills to save time and money and provide a better service to the government,” said Elzira Sagynbaeva, Country Representative for UN Women Afghanistan.

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