Country Programme Action Plan - Summary

29 Aug 2012
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Report Summary

In accordance with the simplified and harmonized programming guidelines adopted by the United Nations (UN) and the Government of the Iraq (GoI), the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2011 to 2014 was developed by UNDP and serves as a legal agreement between the two parties.


The CPAP embodies UNDP’s contribution to the development priorities of the GoI in the National Development Plan for the years 2010-2014 (NDP) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2011-2014 UNDAF). It is based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and supports the broad human development principles, including the empowerment of the poorest and most vulnerable in Iraq by promoting and protecting their rights and creating an enabling environment for them to realize full participation.


As a detailed operational plan, the CPAP for Iraq is considered the last key element of a single programming continuum at the country level that started with the Common Country Assessment in 2009 and the formulation of the UNDAF and NDP in 2010.


National ownership lies at the heart of the CPAP, where each project is strategically linked to a programme based entirely on national priorities. It provides the necessary direction and guidance to manage the country programme as a whole, with particular focus on higher level development results, and is intended to increase programme coherence and results orientation. Through the Annual Work Plan the CPAP aims to encourage simplification at the intervention level, using common operating arrangements laid out in a single document, thereby avoiding any repetition.

It also aims to promote harmonization among UN agencies in their interactions with national partners.

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