Our Partners

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Ceremonial signing of the United Nations Development assistance Framework for 2012-2018 with the National Economic and Development Authority. (Photo: UNDP/Eliot Avena)

Given its unique role in brokering partnerships, UNDP leads the formation of multi-sectoral initiatives that address the challenges faced by the country. It also leads in resource mobilization and makes available the wealth of knowledge that UNDP has gathered through the years based on its experience in various programme countries. Where appropriate, UNDP may also implement certain elements of this country programme.

In the Philippines, our main partners are:

The Philippine National and Local Governments:
These agencies and institutions are the main implementing partners for UNDP's assistance to ensure delivery, ownership and sustainability of results. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) plays a key role in providing policy directions in monitoring its progress, and in mainstreaming certain development approaches such as gender- and rights-based approach, results-based management, and other capacity development approaches in government planning, programming, budgeting, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. NEDA also has the strategic position to influence the effective and efficient use of official development assistance (ODA) to achieve the MDGs. This has become the basis for cultivating a partnership towards improved aid coordination. Meanwhile, The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) represents the Philippines in the Executive Board of UNDP.

Donor Agencies:
These institutions serve as partners in aid coordination and project co-financing and implementation. Active exchanges of insights about development strategies and shared outcomes are being pursued in various donor fora and other venues. UNDP benefits from the active support of many partners who contribute funding to its projects, including Australia, Canada, European Commission, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Spain, the EU, and Trust Funds.

Civil Society:
Recognizing the unique role of civil society in development advocacy and monitoring government performance, UNDP works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in pushing for reforms. NGOs also augment government capacity in serving and assisting hard-to-reach poor areas. Community-based organizations, on the other hand, are tapped in community mobilization and in introducing and implementing sustainable development initiatives at the community level. UNDP has reactivated the Civil Society Advisory Committee as a formal mechanism for consultation and engaging civil society as actors and beneficiaries of development. The focus on local communities is expected to bring in more partners at the subnational level and increase opportunities for knowledge sharing.

Academic and Local Resource Institutions:
Since capacity building is a major component of this country programme, UNDP has partnerships with academic and local resource institutions for a broader reach and sustainability of capacity-building interventions, especially for local government units and community-based organizations.

Private Sector:
Cooperation with the private sector includes their contribution to MDGs and income generation. UNDP and the Government of the Philippines continue to forge public-private partnerships to promote ownership and sustainability of programmes.

UN System:
The UN agencies are valuable partners in contributing to the achievement of the MDGs and in ensuring sustained peace and development in Mindanao. UNDP is working closely with the UN Country team and key partners in the implementation of the UNDAF Action Plan, and maintains its leading role and participation in the UN Theme Groups and Joint Programmes. Aside from joint programme implementation, the other joint activities include resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, and other activities under the simplification and harmonization initiatives of the UN.

Government Partners:
Civil Service Commission
Climate Change Commission
Commission on Human Rights
Department of Energy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Department of the Interior and Local Government
Department of Labor and Employment
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Mindanao Development Authority
National Anti-Poverty Commission
National Economic and Development Authority
Office of Civil Defense–National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Office of the Ombudsman
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
Philippine National AIDS Council
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Selected Local Government Units

Donor Partners:
Government of Australia and AusAID
Government of New Zealand and NZAID
Government of Spain and AECID
Canadian International Development Agency
European Commission
Global Environment Facility
MDG Achievement Fund

Other Partners:
League of Cities of the Philippines
League of Municipalities of the Philippines
League of Provinces of the Philippines
Philippine Business for Social Progress
Philippine Council for Sustainable Development
Social Watch
Western Union Foundation

United Nations Development Assistance Framework
UNDAF 2012-2018

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012-2018 articulates the collective, coherent and integrated response of the UN system in the Philippines in support of national development priorities. It is a result of comprehensive consultative process of identifying the major development priorities in the country and UN's comparative advantage.

UNDP Philippines Country Programme Document
UNDP Philippines CPD 2012-2016

The Country Programme Document (CPD) is the binding legal agreement between UNDP and the Government of the Philippines. Developed from extensive consultation with government, civil society and other devlopment partners, the CPD - along with the UNDAF - guides UNDPs programmatic interventions in the country.