UNDP and Partners Tool Up to Ensure Better Quality ProjectsJun 12, 2013
UNDP’s programmes worldwide are largely implemented through what is called “National Implementation Modality” or (NIM). UNDP provides some funding and technical expertise. The implementation of the project is done by the national counterparts – typically the government agencies.
This approach underpins the intention to secure full national ownership of the joint programme. It also increases the prospect of long-term sustainability with UNDP’s support serving only as a catalyst.
Invariably this capacity-building is done through individual projects which we implement within the framework of an overall Country Programme document which is approved by the UNDP Executive Board and in partnership the Government of Iran. In Iran our work relates mainly to inclusive growth, health, the environment and disaster mitigation.
In order to strive to constantly improve the quality of our work, UNDP organises in-service training on how to implement these projects with maximum impact and minimum overhead cost.
As part of this process, a workshop was recently organized to train colleagues from among our implementing partners – both from new projects as well as new personnel working on ongoing projects.
The two-day event, titled “Guidelines and Procedures for Nationally Implemented Projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran – Review Meetings”, began on Sunday, 9 June, and included participants from various governmental organizations who are implementing partners of the UNDP projects in the country.
The meeting included the sharing of experiences, expertise and knowledge. Many technical questions were raised around issues such as contracts procurement.
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. Balasubramaniam Murali made the opening remarks, insisting on the importance – in order to build local capacity – of national implementation of various projects, rather than direct implementation by UNDP.
“In the past, one of the important lessons learnt from direct UNDP implementation was that, once UNDP’s support ended and the implementation stopped, the entire activity and the project that was established simply collapsed,” said Mr. Murali. “This happened all over the world – and it led us to re-think how UNDP projects could be better implemented on the ground.”
This thinking became the historical basis for developing the NIM methodology where the implementation responsibility rests with the national implementing partners that not only ensures national ownership and long term sustainability but also contributes to building capacity in country.
Mr. Murali also reaffirmed the usefulness of following UNDP guidelines, which had been developed from well over 40 years of project implementation experience all over the world. It has a “tried-and-tested value”, he added, in ensuring effective use as well as accountability of public funds.