Legal Framework and Management
UNDP’s work in Romania is based on the legal framework provided by the Standard Basic Agreement (SBA) concluded between the Government of Romania and the United Nations Development Programme. This document provides the legal basis for cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Romania and stipulates the conditions under which UNDP assists the Government in carrying out its development objectives. The Agreement was endorsed through Decision no. 113/1991 of the Government of Romania, published in the Official Gazette (Monitorul Oficial) nr. 81/17 April 1991.
The Country Programme Document 2010-2012 (CPD) is the only UNDP country programme in a European Union member state that pioneers a new partnership with the United Nations, in line with the EU policies on multilateralism and development assistance, supporting Romania’s effort to set up a solid institutional framework for sharing its transition experience with other countries. The document addresses Romania’s priorities as an EU Member State, including Romania’s capacity to provide official development assistance, its capacity to promote and protect global public goods and to foster social inclusion, economic and political empowerment of vulnerable groups. These three pillars of the UNDP programme mutually enforce the strategic objective of establishing in Romania a sound basis for a UN-UNDP partnership structure beyond 2012, when the Country Programme expires. The programme is aligned with the Government’s National Development Plan 2007-2013 and with the UN Development Cooperation Framework for Romania 2010-2015 (UNCF), and was prepared after extensive consultation with the Romanian Government, its civil society, private sector and other partners.
In all three areas, the capacity development of governmental and non-governmental counterparts for long term sustainability is the overriding strategy for UNDP support. Gender equality is a cross cutting approach through implementation of the UNDP Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. Rigorous benchmarking, monitoring and evaluation are pursued against Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the programmes and projects outcome indicators.
The Country Programme Action Plan 2010-2012 (CPAP) is the instrument for implementation of the Country Programme Document (CPD), which was endorsed by the Executive Board of UNDP. The CPAP is the detailed operational plan for the Country Programme of UNDP in Romania, prepared by UNDP in collaboration with the Government and its implementing partners. It contains: a situation analysis; a summary of past cooperation and lessons learned; a description of the results expected from the proposed country programme, as well as the UNDP’s distinctive role in development cooperation; the arrangements for programme management, monitoring and evaluation; and the standard legal provisions. The document also summarizes the envisaged results, including the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth, gender equality, achievement of MDGs, inclusive globalization, and mainstreaming of environment and energy into development policies. The CPAP also shows resources required for each component of the Country Programme, funding sources, output indicators and partner responsibilities.
The UNCF 2010-2015 is the strategic instrument for operational activities of the UN agencies in Romania, which provides for a coherent and integrated response to national priorities and needs. It responds to Romania’s priorities for enhanced contribution to global development cooperation while addressing residual priorities for domestic development, to generate and disseminate best practices and knowledge for countries experiencing similar transition processes. The Country Programme Documents of UNDP and UNICEF are aligned to the UNCF. This instrument was drafted at the express interest of the Government of Romania to maintain a UN operational presence in the country, for eliciting UN support to Romania in the framework of the UN’s global and regional programmes on securing peace and stability, economic development, democracy and human rights.
The UNCF is a transitional tool replacing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the strategic tool for the operational activities of the United Nations system at the country level, approved by the UN General Assembly in 1998.
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