The UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-2013 “sets the overall direction for support to programme countries to achieve national development objectives related to the goal of accelerating progress on human development.”
It guides UNDP programme activities around four focus areas: poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development. The Cap-Net project is fully aligned with the UNDP Strategic Plan, in particular emphasising support to capacity development leading to enhanced national and local capacities for human development and achievement of the MDGs. Cap-Net pursues capacity development across the four focus areas of UNDP (poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development) through the lens of water resources management, water being a central element of the MDGs and fundamental to social and economic development. Specifically within the context of environment and sustainable development Cap-Net Phase III will primarily contribute towards the sub-themes of Mainstreaming environment and energy and Promoting adaptation to climate change. This will be done through:
Capacity development addressing sustainable management of water resources
More efficient and effective management of water resources, adopting the principles of IWRM, will reduce wastage and conflict, increase efficiency and economic return, increase equity of access for all uses including water supply and sanitation for the poor. Improved management of water resources is one of the most important strategies to prepare for and mitigate impacts of climate variability and will increasingly become a prime motivator for improved water management.
South -south collaboration through national and regional networks of experts forms a key strategy for project implementation; International partnerships, particularly across UN agencies, improve aid effectiveness and impact on the ground and is an important expected outcome of the project.
Cap-Net will promote south – south sharing of experience, impacting on education systems, local knowledge centres and capacity development activities on the ground. Drawing in international agencies with local experts has proven to be an effective tool for scaling up good practice. Promoting adaptation to climate change and good water management practices will be achieved through knowledge development and exchange. Making information freely available, particularly to trainers and educators will aid the adoption and application of knowledge at the local level.
Strategic Plan provides framework for the implementation of Cap-Net in the coming years.
Work Plan provides information on activities we are developing this year.