8 February 2013

Gambia: Gov't, UN Joint UNDAF Annual Review Held

The government of The Gambia and the United Nation system in The Gambia Thursday convened the joint annual review of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) at the Laico Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.

The convergence was presided over by Alimatou Tambedou-Jawara,permanent secretary, Office of the President, on behalf of the secretary general and head of Civil Service. UNDAF is the overall framework that governs the coordination and implementation of the United Nations System interventions in The Gambia.

Speaking at the occasion, PS Jawara noted that UNDAF also guides the work of all UN agencies towards a common goal in support of The Gambia's socio-economic development priorities. She recalled that UNDAF was launched in January 2012 for the period 2012-2016, adding that the necessary institutional agreements were effected to ensure the effective implementation and strengthened coordination of the programmes.

She also pointed out that the UNDAF framework is a practical and necessary component of the UN system for greater harmonisation and integration of its activities at country level. While stating that the current UNDAF has attained exemplary success, PS Jawara added that despite all the progress made, there are still greater challenges that lie ahead. She then called for renewed commitment and desire for the continued development of the country.

Delivering a statement on behalf of the UN resident coordinator at the occasion, Dr Babagana Ahmadu, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) representative in The Gambia, explained that the purpose of the meeting is to share with the government and its development partners the results of the first year of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012-2016 implementation.

He said the annual review is a critical instrument to transform the UN's work in the field and to see the UN perform at its best. He remarked that it is also crucial for the UN country team to ensure accountabilityand measure the real progress of the implementation of their programmes and projects under the leadership of the Gambia government.

The FAO boss assured that the United Nations system in The Gambia will remain committed to ensuring that the government of The Gambia receives the support it requires within their modest means to continue making The Gambia a place of peace, security, harmony and prosperity for all.

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