The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012 – 2016 is in response to the needs and priorities of Malawi and based on the objectives of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II. It sets out specific outcomes that the UN and the Government of Malawi together aim to achieve by 2016. It is the business plan of 20 UN agencies, funds and programmes in Malawi for the period from 2012 to 2016. This ‘One plan’ for Malawi supports the achievement of the international development goals, the Millennium Declaration and related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), national development priorities which are consistent with the MDGs, and the realisation of international human rights in the country, including the right to humanitarian assistance for refugees.
Guided by the UN comparative advantage, and the goals and targets of the MGDS II, the UNDAF has four inter-linked and mutually reinforcing priority areas:
- Sustainable and Equitable Economic Growth and Food Security
- Basic Social and Protection Services
- HIV and AIDS
- Governance and Human Rights
In the implementation of the UNDAF, the UN in Malawi focuses on four Key Priority Areas:
- National policies, local and national institutions effectively support equitable and sustainable economic growth and food security by 2016
- National institutions effectively deliver equitable and quality basic social and protection services by 2016
- National response to HIV and AIDS scaled up to achieve Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2016
- National institutions effectively support transparency, accountability, participatory democracy and human rights by 2016
The UNDAF is fully aligned with the MGDS II. Following a UN Division of Labour exercise, the UN has rationalised and focused its role and interventions, including making provision for resident agencies to take responsibility for shared leadership or mutual representation in different Development Partners and national coordination mechanisms including the Sector Working Groups (SWGs).