Coordinating UN Development Efforts for Better Results

October 8, 2014

One of the biggest challenges facing a complex entity like the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) is how to coordinate efforts across the 32 agencies, departments, and programs that play a role in the UN’s development work. Coordination means collecting and standardizing data from dozens of offices managing thousands of activities to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and relevance of UN development assistance.

As a technical-minded organization, DG’s goal is to empower development partners like the UNDG with the tools needed to solve these types of data challenges, so the work they do can be more effective and better focused.

This fall, we will begin work with the UNDG to launch a new coordination reporting system. This tool, to be used by teams in over 160 countries and across UN Headquarters, will allow the organization to better coordinate, monitor, and evaluate in-country work plans and to share a whole host of additional relevant information. This includes sharing good practices for supporting national development plans and identifying support Headquarters can provide to country offices. By revamping how in-country missions report on progress, and by making that information easier to analyze, the system will help the development assistance side of the United Nations function more effectively around the world.

Following our work on UN Teamworks – a Facebook-like social networking application for knowledge-sharing across the UN network – we are proud to contribute to another global-scale collaboration program for the United Nations.

Image Credit: Michael Coghlan

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