Delivering as one

United Nations in Cameroon delivering as one

The United Nations in Cameroon, together with other 39 country offices in the world embarked upon implementing the reform on “delivering as one”. Since June 2015, and for a greater field impact, as well as the need to carry out results based actions, the United Nations in Cameroon engaged in a process of harmonization of procedures, operations, programs and communication; a new dimension of working together for a better coordinated support to the Cameroon Government.

The reform "Delivering as one" implies the harmonization of programs, with a focus on the areas where the United Nations can have an impact, reducing duplication of efforts and a more efficient use of human and financial resources. Like the other 39 countries, the office of the United Nations in Cameroon tests new methods and working tools.

The “Delivering as One” agenda is testing how the UN family can provide development assistance in a more coordinated way at the country level. The objective is to ensure faster and more effective development operations and accelerate progress in achieving the development agenda In short, a UN development system that delivers more and better for the poorest and most disadvantaged.

Standard Operating Procedures

In order to ensure that the “Delivering as One” is firmly focused on results, strengthened accountability, monitoring and evaluation, and improved outcomes, Standard Operating Procedures have been developed in August 2014 to provide to UN country teams, governments and partners in countries that call on the UN to adopt the Delivering as One approach an integrated package of clear, straightforward and internally consistent guidance on programming, leadership, business operations, funding and communications for country-level development operations. The SOPs further provide information for programme countries that are considering adopting the Delivering as One approach, presenting the approach simply and clearly; and identify and recommend critically important policy and procedural changes that agency HQs should make in order to reduce transaction costs for governments, development partners and UN country teams, and enable joint focus on results at the country level.

The "Delivering as one" reform is based on five pillars:

A common agenda, a common budgetary framework, a unified leadership, a joint operation and a common communication. The Joint United Nations Programme approach implies co-operation between agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations and partners, requiring joint work plans, common budgets and the definition of common outcomes. The United Nations system, together with the Cameroon Government and development partners finalized the 2018-2020 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The elaboration process took into consideration the national context marked by humanitarian, security and economic crises since 2013, and an international context marked by the entry into force of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The common budgetary framework for 2018-2020 will cover the jointly planned activities and will offer a comprehensive overview of contributions of the United Nations system towards attaining Cameroon’s development priorities. The “One leader” refers to a team leadership, based on mutual responsibility for the results of the United Nations system in the country. An efficient and committed United Nations Country Team (UNCT), under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator to facilitate the smooth implementation of the reform process.

The "joint communication" component reform strengthens the coordination of the United Nations, the capacity and the impact in the field of communication. With a common communication strategy, the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) supports the delivery of the program and the ability of the UN Country Team to 'Communicate As One', and to showcase UN’s support to the Cameroon Government.

Major Achievements of the "Delivering as one" reform in Cameroon

Firstly, the 2018-2020 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) articulates the precise contribution of the United Nations to national development and the humanitarian needs according to Cameroon’s development priorities, thus strengthening transparency and accountability, deepens the harmonization of business practices and improve on cost effictiveness.

Secondly, the UNDAF includes a programme result and evaluation matrix, with indicators, data reference, objectives and means of verification. The UNDAF also includes a matrix that defines the results and common actions of the strategic reform process.

Role of Cameroonian Government in the reform

The Cameroonian Government has demonstrated leadership and ownership in the "One UN" reform under the coordination of the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development. The Government is directly involved in the policy orientation to ensure concordance with national priorities. To facilitate cooperation, the next cycle of planning of the United Nations, which usually covers a period of five years, was aligned with the strategic growth and employment paper (GESP), which comes to an end in 2020.