UNDP ART Initiative


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Presentation by Najat Rochdi, Deputy Director of the UNDP Centre in Geneva on UNDP's work in decentralised development cooperation given at Korea University at 12th of October 2012.

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UNDP ART Initiative

  1. 1. The ART InitiativeArticulation of Territorial Networks for Sustainable Human Development
  2. 2. In the context of national development efforts:Importance of local  The local level is where development impact actors people’s lives; in  it is where the real needs of the people aredevelopment defined.cooperation  local governments, as decision-making bodies closer to the citizen, are responsible for ensuring access to basic services.
  3. 3. UNDP and Decentralized Cooperation UNDP recognizes the strategic role of Decentralized Cooperation (DC)and designed the ART Initiative in 2006 as the entry point for DC actorswho wish to work together in support of national and local developmentpolicies.ART understands DC in a broad and inclusive sense, where localauthorities, Civil Society Organizations, the private sector and academiawork with counterparts in other countries to advance Sustainable HumanDevelopment.
  4. 4. The territorial approach to development Innovative modality promoted by UNDP ART based on a multi-actorand multi-sectoral approach. The plurality of actors of a territory – local authorities, CSOs, academia, the private sector, traditionally excluded groups - work jointly to define priorities, plan and implement sustainable human development strategies at local level. 
  5. 5.  UNDP ART facilitates a structured dialogue between territories and their communities– from South to South and South to North– as a new development cooperationConnecting paradigm based on horizontal relationships between partners instead of the traditional Territories donor-beneficiary approach. and  This innovative cooperation modality linksCommunities communities and countries and allows them to work together and share experiences on issues of common interest, such as health, education, youth employment, citizens’ rights, the environment and migration.
  6. 6. ART Framework Programmes Current ProgrammesAFRICA: Gabon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal.LATIN AMERICA: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Uruguay +programme on Women and Local Economic Development in Central America (MyDEL)ASIA: Indonesia and Sri LankaBALCANS: Albania and KosovoMEDITERRANEAN: Morocco, Lebanon and Syria
  7. 7. ART in numbersStarted: 2006National Framework Programmes: 19Regions working with ART: 75Municipalities working with ART: 375Funds mobilized: US$ 156 MillionsImplemented at the local level: 80%Partners:Bilateral Cooperation: 9UN Agencies: 12Development Networks and Foundations: 40 Water Tower part of an initiative to provide drinking water to 15,000 villagers, funded byDecentralized Cooperation partners: 600 DC partners from the regional and provincial governments of Lombardy (Italy) – Louga Province, Senegal
  8. 8. ART in action Morocco: Harmonization of Development PartnersVery positive that 75 actors use the ART framework to respond to the demand of the territories…
  9. 9. ART in action Morocco: Harmonization of Development Partners…even more so when their interventions serve to strengthen Local Development Plans and the country’sregionalization.
  10. 10. ART in action Triangular and South-South cooperation on Local Economic Development in Latin AmericaThe Government of the Dominican Republic and the ART DominicanRepublic Programme have promoted peer-to-peer learning, with theexchange of knowledge and good practices on Local EconomicDevelopment with Cuba, Colombia, Haiti, El Salvador and Uruguay, tolearn from experiences of Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.These exchanges involved 4,300 participants, 80% of whom wererepresentatives of local governments.
  11. 11. ART in action ISI@MED – ICT for DevelopmentART-ISI@MED (Information Society Initiative for the Mediterranean)strategic objective is to strengthen and bolster development efforts in theMediterranean Region through the effective and efficient use of ICTs atthe local level.Tackles a distinct divide separating the northern and southern shores ofthe Mediterranean – a digital divide and one of human developmentThe Initiative has three components: ICT for territorial management,that is, for strategic planning and management of local resources; ICT forlocal economic development, notably for helping small and medium-sizeenterprises and cooperatives’ management; and ICT for communityengagement.
  12. 12. Global Processes  Aid Effectiveness at the local level and post Busan (UCLG, FOGAR, DeLoG)  Rio +20 – territorial approach to SHD  Local Economic Development I World Forum in Seville  2012 ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum
  13. 13. The ART InitiativeArticulation of Territorial and Thematic Networks for Human Development Thank you! 감사합니다 Najat RochdiDeputy Director UNDP Geneva Office najat-.rochdi@undp.org