United Nations Programming

The 2007 Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of the General Assembly resolution 59/250 of December 2004, required the United Nations System at the country level to formulate single multi-year strategic programme framework. This framework will reflect the collective response of the System to national development priorities. The UN System in Bangladesh developed its first 5 year strategic programme framework in 2006. Building on the first experience and emerging guidance, country’s second UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2012- 2016) was formulated with an Action Plan.

This current framework is based on rigorous and comprehensive assessment of the status of the MDGs in Bangladesh, key development priorities outlined in Government of Bangladesh’s Perspective Plan 2010-2021(Making Vision 2021 a Reality) and the Sixth Five Year National Development Plan.

Given the diversity of UN System, thematic areas/sectors grouped into seven Pillars, were prioritized to achieve the following outcomes:

Pillar 1: Democratic Governance and Human Rights (Lead: UNDP)

Outcome One: Government institutions at the national and sub-national levels are able to more effectively carry out their mandates, including delivery of public services, in a more accountable, transparent, and inclusive manner.

Outcome Two: Justice and human rights institutions are strengthened to better serve and protect the rights of all citizens, including women and vulnerable groups.


Pillar 2: Pro-poor Economic Growth with Equity (Lead: UNDP)

Outcome One: Economic growth is achieved in an inclusive manner, extending opportunities to the rural and urban poor and protecting the vulnerable from shocks.


Pillar 3: Social Services for Human Development (Lead: UNICEF)

Outcome One: Deprived populations in selected areas, particularly women, children and youth benefit from increased and more equitable utilization of quality health and population, education, water, sanitation and HIV services.

Outcome Two: Children, women and youth demand and benefit from effective social protection policies and improved services aimed at eliminating abuse, neglect, exploitation, and trafficking.

Outcome Three: Deprived community members in selected areas practice key life-saving, care and protective behaviors and raise their demand for quality social services.


Pillar 4: Food Security and Nutrition (Lead: WFP)

Outcome One: The urban and rural poor have adequate food security and nutrition throughout the life cycle.


Pillar 5: Climate Change, Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction & Response (Lead: UNDP)

Outcome One: By 2016, populations vulnerable to climate change and natural disaster have become more resilient to adapt with the risk.

Outcome Two: By 2016, vulnerable populations benefit from natural resource management (NRM); environmental governance and low- emission green development.


Pillar 6: Pro-Poor Urban Development (Lead: UNDP)

Outcome One: By 2016, at least three million urban poor have improved living conditions and livelihoods to realize their basic rights.


Pillar 7: Gender Equality and Women's Advancement (Lead: UN WOMEN & UNFPA)

Outcome One: Marginalized and disadvantaged women in selected districts and urban slums increase their participation in wage employment and other income-generating activities.

Outcome Two: Social and institutional vulnerabilities of women including the marginalized and disadvantaged are reduced.

Two key features of UNDAF 2012-2016:

  • Bangladesh UNDAF Info: The progress towards the above outcomes is monitored collectively with the Government of Bangladesh using a web-based results framework monitoring tool. The UNDAF results progress 2013 is available here.
  • UNDAF priority districts:  Based on geographical and socio-economic dimensions of poverty and vulnerability, UN System conducted a district level analysis of deprived regions and prioritized 20 districts, yet sufficiently flexible, to reflect on programmatic considerations as well as serve as a guiding principle for resource allocation, joint programming and joint resource mobilization. The map of UNDAF Priority districts is available here.



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