Emergency Capacity Development Facility (ECDF)

What is the project about

ECDFSenior Country Director attending the "Women and children, first victims in armed conflict " Workshop in Sana'a in partnership with Ministry of Interior

Capacity development processes focus on technical or functional capacities, organizational change, leadership, shifts in policies or other aspects of the enabling environment that can use capacity more effectively. During a transition phase, such efforts must be oriented to empower national authorities to achieve the key milestones of the transition and lay the foundations for long-lasting development and change.

The Emergency Capacity Development Facility (ECDF) is the United Nations Development Programme‘s response to develop and deliver such assistance during Yemen’s transitional phase. It was launched in May 2012 as a multi-donor platform to support key public sector institutions (i.e. President and Prime Minister Offices, Ministries of Planning, Finance, Industry and Trade, and Interior) to deliver on their mandate during the transition period and contribute to the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Implementation Mechanism and of the Government Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development (TPSD), 2012-2014.

 The ECDF is organized around 3 main modules to support:

  • Organizational leadership;
  • Aid coordination and partnership;
  • Socioeconomic reforms;

Its approach is innovative, highly flexible, and tailored to the needs of the transition.

The ECDF will:

  • Provide rapid and benchmark-oriented support to core Government institutions;
  • Adopt an incremental approach based on the evolution of the transitional process; and
  • Combine different modalities of support, based on needs and timing (ad-hoc technical assistance, appointment of staff, knowledge sharing, study tours, training, etc.).

What have we accomplished so far

Following the signature of the project document, the ECDF became immediately operational thanks to the support of in-country UNDP staff and UNDP experts based at the Regional Centre in Cairo and at the New York Headquarters.

ECDF provided support to the core institutions according to its 4 project modules: 1) Organizational leadership; 2) Aid coordination and partnership; 3) Socioeconomic reforms;

Organizational leadership
ECDF supported a process of ICT upgrade to be followed by a reorganization of Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Planning and International Co-operation, and Presidential Office’s knowledge and document management systems by conducting a needs assessment and procuring state of the art solutions.  ECDF also supported the construction of additional office space within the Presidential Compound to be dedicated to the growing needs of President’s Hadi”. ECDF provided technical advice to enhance organizational leadership and performance of MoPIC including to support the drafting, revision and publication of major documents such as TPSD, PIP and MAF.

Aid coordination and partnership
ECDF contributed to enhance GoY’s process of consultation with its development partners by supporting the establishment and organization of the Strategic Partnership Forum (SPF) and other consultation mechanism. ECDF contributed to the elaboration, finalization, and approval of the “Aid Absorptive Capacity Study” and of the “National Partnership Policy” as well as to the elaboration of the first draft of the Mutual Accountability Framework.  The 3 documents above, together with the TPSD, formed the backbone of the GoY presentation to the High-Level Donors meeting and the Friends of Yemen meeting held in September 2012 that resulted in US$ 7.9 bn of international pledges in support of Yemen’s development and democratic transition

ECDF also supported the establishment of the Yemen Sustainable Development Platform (YDSP) http://www.yemensdp.org within MoPIC and took over the Development Assistance Database (DAD) http://www.dadyemen.org/dadyemen/ also linking all MoPIC planning tools such as Economic Projections Module, DevInfo for Monitoring and Evaluation, Pledging Portal and Project Management Cycle Module, etc. 

Socioeconomic reforms
By providing technical expertise, research capacity and best examples from other transition contexts, ECDF supported the elaboration of the Joint Socio Economic Assessment, the Transitional Programme for Stabilization and Development 2012-2014 (TPSD) and of the Public Investment Program (PIP).

In addition
ECDF provided technical advice and financial support to the Ministry of Human Rights and the Ministerial Committee for Youth Dialogue for the organization of the Youth Assembly that was convened in June 2012 to discuss the principles and goals of the National Dialogue Process and transparently and democratically select candidates to represent the voice of the Youth in the Preparatory Committee of the Conference for National Dialogue.

Therefore, in spite of its recent establishment, ECDF gave a significant contribution to the implementation of a) “The Joint United Nations Vision to Support the Transition in Yemen, in particular in the two priority areas of “Political dialogue and transition” and “Democratic governance”; b) UNDP Country Programme Document 2012-2015, in particular in the priority area “Good governance and social cohesion”.

This was possible thanks to the engagement of the leadership and staff of the core institutions, support from UNDP at HQ, regional, and country Office level, as well as backing from the donor community

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Delivery in previous fiscal year

Dec 2012

1,413,098  $US

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