Our Partnership

Working in a lower Middle Income Country such as Zambia presents some unique challenges and opportunities for the United Nations. We are aware of the support and capacity needs of the country, but we find ourselves constrained by a resource scarcity and note the decreasing trend of development assistance, especially from the traditional development partners of Zambia. Today, the country faces growing inequalities and high level of poverty despite of a robust economic growth. This mismatch of country needs and available resources challenge the United Nations to be innovative -- that we identify new strategies and resources, we seek strategic collaborations and partnerships, and above all we think differently to achieve more development results with less.

To support Zambia respond to its development challenges, the UN Zambia Country Team has adopted many different strategies, including adoption of ‘Delivering as One’ approach in mid-2011 upon the Government’s request. Two years since the start, the DaO initiative has made significant progress in ensuring greater coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of UN development interventions. Cooperating Partners that are supportive of UN Delivering as One efforts formed a ‘Friends of Delivering as One’ group. The group meets with the UN Country Team twice a year to review progress and provide feed-back.

The UN Zambia also collaborates with Cooperating Partners to support aid coordination and effectiveness, and co-led with Sweden in developing the Mutual Accountability Framework, which outlines the mutual understanding on the promotion of Aid and Development Effectiveness in Zambia between the Government and Cooperating Partners. Under the Joint Assistance Strategy for Zambia (JASZ) - a framework for aid coordination and effectiveness - Cooperating Partners, including the UN system, have committed to ‘lead’ donor/partner coordination in various sectors. The UN System has lead roles in six sectors: Gender, Governance, Health, HIV/AIDS, Social Protection and Environment. The UN System participates actively in several other sectors such as Agriculture, Decentralization, Education, Energy, Macro-economics, Private Sector Development and Water. The UN is signatory of the

The UNCT remains committed to help Zambia pursue its national priorities and internationally-agreed development goals. In so doing, we will further strengthen our partnerships with all the stakeholders who contribute to Zambia’s development, including the Government, the Cooperating Partners and Civil Society partners. We deeply appreciate the support provided to specific UN joint programmes by CIDA, EU, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. We are also grateful to the Governments of Ireland and Sweden for their support to the UN System’s coordination capacities.