National Implementation Capacities and Use of Country Systems
In addition to the capacity development work UNDP undertakes around specific thematic areas like poverty reduction, environment and energy, democratic governance and crisis prevention and recovery, UNDP also works with national partners to enhance their ability to effectively implement change and deliver expected development results. The support offered by this programme, known as ‘National Implementation Capacities', looks at how to manage a programme or project, coordinate aid and resources, manage finances and procure goods and services, for example.
To support and strengthen the National Implementation Capacities programme, UNDP, in partnership with the Danish International Development Agency DANIDA, launched a UN Procurement Capacity Development Centre (PCDC) in January 2008. The PCDC focuses on procurement but also addresses other implementation capacities. For further information please refer to www.unpcdc.org .
How We Work
Moving Towards Use of Country Systems
The Danish Embassy in Bangladesh has initiated a gradual process to align Danish support with the national institutions and systems including for procurement. To support this alignment process, they undertook a capacity assessment in early 2009, in collaboration with UNDP. The result was an alignment plan, which included risk mitigation strategies that allow the national procurement system to be used until it is sufficiently strong to be fully and unconditionally relied on. The capacity development responses include such issues as ensuring that the incentives for programme staff to align with country systems are set on a par with other planned development outcomes.
Strengthening Human Resource Management in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The state building agenda in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will depend on strengthening human resource management (HRM) in the Palestinian National Authority. Working with the General Personnel Council in Ramallah, UNDP identified the current HRM capacities for the public sector and priority areas where some ‘quick wins’ could be addressed. This helped improve the effectiveness of HRM in the Palestinian National Authority by increasing the awareness of the legal framework, starting to standardize job descriptions and making electronic records more easily available.
Capturing & Disseminating Procurement Knowledge
UNDP has developed a unique website, solely dedicated to providing the global public procurement community with up-to-date procurement related news, events and resources, such as toolkits, methodologies, guides, articles, links and much more. The website is an important knowledge-sharing platform and strongly underpins South-South cooperation. It continues to grow and gain recognition by UNDP listening to its audience, and then responding by developing new, relevant features, such as the online discussion forum which is currently underway.