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Human Capital Development

UNDAF’s contribution to NDP Strategic Intent No. 2: Human Capital Development

The UN will contribute to five UNDAF outcomes: (a) Learning and Skills Development, (b) Health, in its broader sense as state of wellbeing, (c) Social Protection, (d) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Children (VAC), and (e) HIV and Aids Response.

Learning and Skills Development

The UN will specifically focus on; (i) strengthening and up scaling Early Child Development (ECD) interventions, including in the 0-2 years age group, (ii) strengthen education system effectiveness and efficiency, (iii) enhancing teachers’ competencies and motivation as well as community and parents’ participation in education, and (iv) reviewing education curricula towards market-oriented skills development, innovations, technology and a pivotal reconfiguration of partnerships.


The UN approach is to address health in its broad dimension as a ‘State of Wellbeing’ and support the GoU to adopt a Health in all policies approach. The UN will support multisectoral coordination to scale-up and sustain high-impact child and maternal nutrition interventions with a particular focus on the first 1,000 days of life. The UNDAF support will focus on advocacy to increase investment, including technical, institutional and financial, in the health delivery system to ensure universal access to essential health services. UN upstream support will include; (a) facilitating broad participation in the national development agenda and processes, (b) promoting greater investment in the health system as a critical enabler for health, (c) strengthening community health systems and linking them to the formal health system, including in Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), nutrition and household food security, (d) promoting inter-sectoral and wider inter-agency collaboration in addressing the social dimensions of health, and (e) family planning for improved population dynamics and reduction in maternal and child mortality rates.

Social Protection

The UN will promote and support the development and implementation of the national Social Protection Policy (SPP) framework, strategy, costed action plan, and development of evidence-based business cases to expand and upscale inclusive and human-rights and gender-sensitive social protection programmes.Special focuswill be given to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including women, children, adolescents and people living with disabilities.

Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Children

The UN support contribute to reduce incidence and impact of GBV and VAC on women and children, underpinned by a strong institutional, societal and media response. Emphasis will focus on: (a) developing and updating policies, strategies and national standards for prevention, early identification and case management, (b) advocacy for sustainable funding mechanisms, (c) promotion of and support to innovative multisectoral and community-involved prevention and response services, and strengthened capacity for coordination and information management.

Combating HIV and AIDS

The UN will support the reactivation of a coordinated multisectoral HIV and AIDS response that is gender and age-responsive. The UN will focus specifically on: (a) establishment of an effective mechanisms for HIV response planning, coordination, financing and mutual accountability, (b) strengthening institutional capacity for mainstreaming HIV into the multisectoral response for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, and (c) building collaborative partnerships with religious and cultural leaders as well as relevant CSOs and the media to engage the general population in HIV response with particular emphasis on reducing stigma and discrimination of key target populations, including sex workers, fisher folks, truckers, uniformed services and the youth.

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