Fulfilling its dual role of providing support and documenting progress and lessons learned, the AAP’s Dakar-based Inter-Regional Technical Support Component—AKA, the Regional Office—dispatched an array of services to help national teams in their implementation efforts, and compiled analyses of the reporting provided by the national teams on their progress and challenges.
Remote and in-country support
Through tailored instances of direct, in-country support, and through an email Helpdesk, the Regional Office helped national teams, UNDP country office colleagues and government counterparts with challenges large and small.
Technical support provided by the Regional Office covered five areas:
Planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting
Data and information management services
Innovative financing options (coordinated through UNDP HQ in New York City).
The Helpdesk answered questions, helped design approaches for specific challenges, and shared electronic tools and knowledge resources. It also recommended specialists and created work packages, and remained on-hand to help monitor and evaluate the outcomes of its support.
For example, a national team that was struggling to present clear and measurable results within its monitoring and evaluation system was provided with results-based management software and training and support on its use.
In an example of both direct and Helpdesk support, the Regional Office dispatched a management expert to a country office within two days of receiving an urgent request to help a national meteorological service promote greater awareness of climate change. The consultant put together a package of information and learning materials and then spent a week on-site working with the national team and the meteorological agency. The Helpdesk backed this direct support by assisting with the organising of a related workshop in the country, as well as monitoring and evaluation support.
Additional expertise from across UNDP’s core practice areas—capacity development, poverty reduction, gender mainstreaming, knowledge management, and policy and planning—was made available to national teams through the AAP’s Cross Practice Strategy. This support was deployed to help pursue integrated, inclusive, long-term resilience-building strategies that could be enshrined within national development frameworks.
Cross Practice Strategy expertise was engaged to assist with an array of needs associated with national project implementation. The UNDP Gender Team, for example, provided a wide range of analytical support and training to 11 AAP countries, helping them address the adaptation needs of women and men equitably. The Poverty Group initiated and piloted the Climate Change and Poverty Reduction toolkit, which supported governments in integrating climate vulnerabilities and risks in development planning, budgets and frameworks. The Climate Change Policy Team led the development of the Integrated Planning Framework, a systematic process for aligning and simplifying support and management processes across a number of in-country projects, as well as the Climate Change Finance Readiness Framework, which helped countries take advantage of the range of funding options available by addressing the capacities needed to plan, access, deliver and report on the use of climate finance. And the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (KICG) helped produce the Capacity Development Needs Assessment, which ensured national teams were equipped with the knowledge, skills, and country-specific methodologies and tools they needed to effectively address climate change. The KICG also provided indispensable support in the rollout of Teamworks through training and direct assistance to national teams.
Article from the final edition of The Baobab Coalition Journal by staff from UNDP’s Gender Team on its work with AAP national teams.
The Regional Office helped national teams and their partners monitor progress, consolidating data into a national-level report every quarter as well as one annual and one terminal report.
These reports assessed and illustrated the overall success of the AAP and helped identify gaps in delivery and common concerns. Along with cataloging the achievements of the AAP throughout its implementation and at its closure the reports provided opportunities to help determine the best ways to overcome challenges and to transform lessons learned into effective actions.