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12 Mar 2018

Report 'Towards a Country Dialogue Process in Sierra Leone


This report captures the main highlights from a workshop hosted by UNDP in December 2017, which brought together development partners, g7+ focal points and civil society organisations in order to review the government’s last fragility assessment (2016) and to stimulate a discussion about its findings with a view to identifying possible foci for future country dialogue. Prevention of violent conflict was advanced as an important backdrop in context of forthcoming election. The workshop also highlighted the need to open up the dialogue to a greater number of stakeholders, notably the unusual suspects which include political parties, and to revitalize the country level policy dialogue space between donor, government and civil society, for more inclusive peacebuilding and prevention.

Read the report here.

12 Mar 2018

Report on 'The State of Play on Use of Country Systems across the International Dialogue'

This report takes stock of the progress made across the member countries of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding on the Use of Country Systems since 2016. The Use of Country Systems is a core commitment of the New Deal’s TRUST principles, and was reaffirmed by Dialogue members in the Stockholm Declaration 2016. It concludes on the need for a more nuanced approach to the topic, highlights progress at country level, and the need to showcase and strengthen it internationally in order to promote more sustained international commitment to the issue. The report builds on series of consultations conducted in 2017 between members – at the IDPS Steering Group and Implementation Working Group meetings in April 2017 and on a country level consultation with the country dialogue on the Use of Country Systems led by the Somalia donor/government Use of Country Systems Working Group, supported by the UN/World Bank coordinator in Nairobi (Kenya) in December 2018. This country dialogue also involved the g7+ focal point from Central African Republic and the g7+ secretariat. The report draws on a commissioned report compiled by the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) in December 2017.

The report is available here in draft.

12 Mar 2018

Mainstreaming Gender Inclusion in Practice in Somalia : A workshop report

This report captures the main highlights from a workshop hosted by the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia, UNDP Somalia, the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding Statebuilding (CSPPS) and the International Dialogue Secretariat. The workshop brought together Somalia civil society organisations, with donors and officials from Ministry of Finance (PM office) and Central Bank, to review gaps in gender mainstreaming across line ministries, during the New Deal compact phase, and identify how the new National Development Plan and Partnership agreement, open up the scope for greater gender and women’s inclusion. On this occasion, a set of preliminary recommendations were put forward.

Read the report here.

22 Feb 2018

Yemen Socio-Economic Update - December 2017

The Economic Studies and Forecasting Sector at Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) in collaboration with UNICEF Yemen Country Office have released their Issue (No. 30) of the Yemen Socio-Economic Update (YSEU).

Read the English version here.

Read the Arabic version here.

23 Jan 2018

Reflections on Use of Country Systems in Somalia: A government perspective

A half day workshop jointly hosted and organised in conjunction with the World Bank Conflict, Fragility and Violence Hub, the United Nations and World Bank Aid Coordination Office, and the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) Secretariat, was held in Nairobi (Kenya) on December 8th 2017. This workshop aimed at furthering peer learning across IDPS members on the current ‘state of play’ and progress on the Use of Country Systems (UCS). This workshop was an opportunity to facilitate the comparing of experiences (in particular on CAR and Somalia), and to identify strategic ways of advancing the agenda at country and headquarter levels on UCS from a cross-constituency perspective (government, development partners and civil society).

Adil Korfa Garane, senior policy advisor in the Ministry of Finance, Federal Republic of Somalia and co-Chair of the UCS working group, was a participant to this workshop. According to him “The increased Use of Country Systems (UCS) continues to be a priority for both the Government of Somalia and international partners. There has been much progress in terms of the political, economic and social landscape in Somalia that has transformed the nation several times in the course of a very short period, for better or worse. […] ” Read more about Adil Korfa Garane's perspective on the Use of Country Systems in Somalia here.