Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Development Effectiveness and Accountability Programme

What is the project about

 A group pf panelist discuss the Malawi Aid Management Platform that was developed with financial support from the project. Photo: UNDP Malawi

The Development Effectiveness and Accountability joint programme is the UN’s main vehicle for the achievement of the 2012-2016 UNDAF Outcome 4.2, which aim to ensure that “Public institutions are better able to manage, allocate and utilise resources for effective development and service delivery by 2016”. It builds upon findings of comprehensive reviews of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), the Development Assistance  Strategy (DAS) , and final evaluations of three previous interventions namely; MDG-based Planning, and Costing, the Joint Programme Support for Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation (JPSME), and the Development Assistance Coordination Unit.

In line with the UNDAF, the programme is working to ensure that:

  • national Institutions utilize the Result Based Management systems for planning, monitoring and evaluation to enhance ownership and leadership for achievement of development results;
  • government has sufficient capacity to effectively negotiate, manage and account for development assistance; and that
  • national Institutions have the capacity to align policies, programmes and budgets with national development strategies and MDGs for efficient achievement of development results.

Essentially, the programme seeks to entrench the culture of accountability for effective use of resources and achievement of results in public institutions. It has been designed to complement the Public Economic and Finance Management (PFEM) Reform Programme. The PFEM–RP aims to improve PFEM systems in order to achieve sound public financial management and accountability reforms  

What have we accomplished so far

  1. With support from UNICEF, a total of seven districts have received training for monitoring and evaluation and the use of data banks, data analysis and reporting.
  2. We also hosted a study tour by the Swaziland government on Sector Working Groups (SWG) in Malawi.  This study tour served as a learning opportunity and knowledge sharing platform on the structure and operations of SWGs and the implementation of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAPs) as SWGs financing mechanism.
  3. The Post-2015 development agenda report has been finalised and printed. We have already conducted several workshops with district stakeholders, NGOs, and Parliamentary committees to consolidate the views of all stakeholders.
  4. A mission to Chancellor College to engage in discussions with the students and lecturers on Human Development concept took place earlier this year. The result of the visit was positive and the University staff and students all subscribed to the idea of including the Human Development concept in the economics curriculum whilst developing further knowledge and applications around it.
  5. An inclusive Task Force comprising senior representatives from Government, Development Partners in Malawi, civil society, academia and the private sector has been set up to guide the formulation of the new Development Cooperation Strategy. The Strategy will provide a framework for the domestication and implementation of the Busan development effectiveness commitments in Malawi.
  6. The Ministry of Finance has implemented the first in the world pilot geocoding initiative which geocoded the location of aid activities on the Aid Management Platform (AMP) using an IATI-compliant methodology. This includes projects from 31 DPs working in all 28 districts of Malawi. The first geocoding maps were showcased at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea in Dec. 2011 and published in the Government’s 2010/11 FY Aid Atlas Report. The mapping has used socioeconomic indicators from the National Statistics Office (NSO) to compare project locations to local needs. The GIS module is now fully integrated into the AMP and data visualization maps are available on AMP. The up-grading of AMP will promote better use of aid data to support planning, decision making and achievement of development results.

Who Finances it?

Only financial contributions of at least $ 100,000.00 are indicated here.

Donor Name
Amount contributed per year
One UN


Delivery in previous fiscal year

Donor Name
Amount used
One UN
$ 898,664.00

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