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Transforming equality: UN Women in Eastern and Southern Africa

With a regional office based in the United Nations Complex, Nairobi, and country offices covering sixteen nations, with a presence in an additional ten countries, UN Women is well positioned to continue its work on gender equality in Eastern and Southern Africa.The report presents a glimpse into some of the activities and programmes lead by the regional office that have had measurable impacts, and which can be further grown with donor support.

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Women and violent radicalization in Jordan

Jordan remains stable amidst regional tensions but is not immune to radicalization threats. Preventing violent extremism and integrating the participation and concerns of women in peace and security has become a priority for the Government of Jordan, especially as it fulfills its commitments to UN Security Council resolutions 1325 and 2242 on women, peace and security. UN Women Jordan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women commissioned Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development - RASED and Search for Common Ground conducted a study on the gendered dimensions of radicalization in Jordan. The research focused on the perceptions of men and women of radicalization in their communities, the risks that women and girls may face from radicalization, the roles that women occupy in both the radicalization and deradicalization processes, and whether current efforts at deradicalization are gender-sensitive. The study found that both men and women perceive radicalization to be occurring in their communities and in universities. The majority of respondents also believed that women are at greater risk from radicalization than men and that it could exacerbate existing limitations on women’s freedom and access to their rights. The study also examines the role of religious leaders and mothers in radicalization. The findings from the study inform the development of Jordan’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security as well as future programming efforts aimed at preventing violent extremism.

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The conflict did not bring us flowers: the need for comprehensive reparations for conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo

Reparations for conflict-related sexual violence remain a pressing issue in many parts of the world. Sexual violence has been a feature of almost all conflicts to date, yet remains under-reported and under-acknowledged. In recent years, increased emphasis has been placed on the issue, paving the way for prevention and accountability mechanisms, along with increased attention to the needs and rights of survivors of sexual violence. In Kosovo, significant efforts have been undertaken to enact a legal framework to provide comprehensive reparations to survivors of sexual violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately after the 1998 - 1999 armed conflict. However, survivors remain in difficult circumstances as the legal framework required to enable survivors to obtain reparations is yet to be implemented . With the financial support of the European Union, UN Women Kosovo commissioned this study to complement the existing initiatives in Kosovo with updated research, focused on bringing survivor voices and perspectives to the forefront of future policy and programme design. It brings together best practices in the design and implementation of reparations, including those outlined in the 2014 United Nations Secretary General's Guidance Note on Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, international law on the right to reparation, and the views, expectations and needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo. It aims to complement efforts to date, and to ensure the right to reparation for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence that is victim-centric, gender-sensitive and transformative.

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Government of Albania - United Nations programme of cooperation 2012-2016: programme review 2015

This 2015 programme review report presents the progress and results achieved by national partners and supported by the United Nations in Albania under the four pillars of the Government of Albania – United Nations Programme of Cooperation (PoC) 2012-2016, namely: (i) Human Rights; (ii) Inclusive Social Policies; (iii) Governance and Rule of Law; and (iv) Regional and Local Development. Additionally, it provides a brief overview of the implementation challenges and lessons learned, potential forthcoming United Nations support to the country, and the preliminary financial position for the year 2015.

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Looking back, leaping forward: moving from MDGs to SDGs in Europe and Central Asia

This report takes stock of the progress achieved in Europe and Central Asia under the MDGs with the aim to chart the elements that are crucial for a successful transition to the SDGs. It draws on the experiences derived from the implementation of the MDGs, but also addresses the new challenges and opportunities for integrated interventions that come with the much more complex 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report is structured into three parts. First, it takes stock of the progress achieved in the implementation of the MDGs. It aims to identify the main challenges at the beginning of the MDG period, how these were addressed and what has been achieved. The second section places the MDGs in the context of the wider SDG framework by identifying the unfinished agenda under the MDGs and discussing how the areas covered by the MDGs are now reflected in the 2030 Agenda. The final section describes some of the initial steps that governments in the region are taking to implement the 2030 Agenda and the ways in which the regional UN system can support these efforts. It concludes by identifying and assessing a number of risks that may influence SDG achievement and stressing the importance of collaboration for successful implementation.

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Standard operating procedures for countries adopting the 'Delivering as One' approach

Following the implementation of the ‘Delivering as One’ approach in 8 pilot countries, a second generation of “Delivering as One” was called for in 2012 and more than forty countries have formally adopted it. Efforts under 'Delivering as one' have now matured to the point where this set of Standard Operating Procedures is developed. They will enable the United Nations to function more effectively and foster greater collaboration and teamwork. The document is structured according to the core elements of the ‘Delivering As One’ approach: One Programme, Common Budgetary Framework (and One Fund), One Leader, Operating as One and Communicating as One.

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Eight case studies on integrating the United Nations’ normative and operational work

The United Nations System has shown the importance and use of international norms and standards for the UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in identifying and designing intervention strategies in various contexts. While the particular instruments and mechanisms vary from country to country, the common thread is the use of the human rights-based approach (HRBA) in every case study. This report shows how different UN agencies, in widely different situations, have developed and carried out joint programming for the implementation of United Nations norms and standards. Findings, lessons and recommendations drawn from the case studies are presented in this report.

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The Sustainable Development Goals are coming to life: stories of country implementation and UN support

This publication provides a glimpse into the early efforts of 16 countries across regions to bring the global SDGs to life, and the role United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) play in the process. It illustrates how these countries are beginning to integrate the 2030 Agenda into visions, strategies and plans at the national, sub-national and local levels. The country efforts include raising public awareness, seeking engagement of different stakeholders, adapting the SDGs to national and local contexts, increasing coherence across policy areas and between levels of government, assessing risk and strengthening monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

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The Sustainable Development Goals are coming to life: stories of country implementation and UN support

This publication provides a glimpse into the early efforts of 16 countries across regions to bring the global SDGs to life, and the role United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) play in the process. It illustrates how these countries are beginning to integrate the 2030 Agenda into visions, strategies and plans at the national, sub-national and local levels. The country efforts include raising public awareness, seeking engagement of different stakeholders, adapting the SDGs to national and local contexts, increasing coherence across policy areas and between levels of government, assessing risk and strengthening monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

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An evidence-based review of MDG-F experiences: a contribution to the QCPR process

This document was prepared by the MDG-F in 2012 to systemize its experience to date in joint programming and implementation through its 130 joint programmes in 50 countries across five regions in eight thematic areas. The document includes evidence based lessons and good practices on issues closely related to those that were discussed during the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), with the goal of contributing to this QCPR process. These issues include: 1. The coherence, effectiveness, relevance, and efficiency of development programmes; 2. National ownership of development processes and results; 3. Capacity development and sustainability of development results; and 4. Mutual accountability.

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Urban safety strategy formulation guidelines for Serbia

This document provides a framework from which to develop appropriate guidelines for an urban safety strategy. It also helps identify important factors necessary for the success of any program, such as how to choose appropriate stakeholders and partners and how to structure agreements with local municipalities. It was done in the context of formulating guidelines in some of the more violent areas in South Serbia. This document may help municipalities that are grappling with the problem of rising crime and violence and local authorities that are implementing projects/programmes for improving safety and the prevention of various types of violence and abuse.

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Return and development: increasing the developmental impact of return migration in South Serbia

For several years, Serbia has been faced with considerable flows of return migration. Even though empirical evidence from other countries indicates that returnees can have a positive impact on their home countries’ development, return migrants to Serbia are presently perceived as a burden for the country and its welfare system as a survey from 2011 shows. This paper examines the difficulties and needs of return migrants with regard to their economic situation, housing, personal documents, recognition of foreign diplomas and school certificates, schooling, social integration and health. Based on the findings, recommendations for reintegration measures are made, accounting for the specific needs of different groups of returnees.

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Inclusive development social survey in Jablanicki and Pcinjski districts in Serbia

This survey was conducted during October and November 2010 to analyse the situation in the field of migration, youth and inter-ethnic relations and to provide data for the evaluation of the Peacebuilding and Inclusive Social Development (PBILD) in south Serbia’s two districts of Jablanicki and Pcinjski. The survey concluded that the level of social inclusion in Pcinjski and Jablanicki districts is relatively low and offers a list of recommendations that practitioners and state officials could use to address the key priorities that are in accordance with the real needs of youth.

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The best practices and lessons learned from the MDG-F joint programme: Supporting gender equality and women’s rights in Timor-Leste

This documentation presents seven case studies implemented under the MDG-F Joint Programme ‘Supporting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Timor-Leste’ from which lessons can be drawn as good practices, enhancement, replication, or up-scaling of similar initiatives in the future. The sustainability of the initiatives is taken into account and the document concludes with lessons learned (strengths and weaknesses) that are important for UN agencies and practitioners that continue to support the government in their efforts to achieve gender-equality.

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Improved capabilities and resources to build women’s economic and social security

This document presents lessons and results of specific relevance to shaping the post-2015 development framework in regards to improved capabilities and resources including improved knowledge and health and access to resources and opportunities to build women’s economic and social security. It presents case studies of 10 different programmes implemented by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Honduras, Namibia, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam. Each case identifies the the key actors, objectives, strategy, results, sustainability analysis and lessons learned.

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Knowledge management for culture and development: MDG-F joint programmes in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Uruguay

This publication is part of series that seeks to present the Knowledge Management project on culture and development and provide information on the five Joint Programmes implemented in Latin America between 2008 and 2013. It provides an overview the operational challenges and success of each project and demonstrates the relative impact that each had on accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

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Knowledge management for culture and development: MDG-F joint programmes in Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco and occupied Palestinian territory

Sharing centuries old cultural, religious, linguistic and historical heritage, the Arab States have long placed their heritage at centre stage, focusing on its promotion for tourism as a path to development. This publication is part of series that seek to present the Knowledge Management project and provide information on the four Joint Programmes implemented in the Arab States between 2008 and 2013. It provides an overview the operational challenges and success of each project and demonstrates the relative impact that each had on accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

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Knowledge management for culture and development: MDG-F joint programmes in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia and Senegal

This publication is part of series that seeks to present the knowledge management project on culture and development and provide information on the four Joint Programmes implemented in Africa between 2008 and 2013. It provides an overview the operational challenges and success of each project and demonstrates the relative impact that each had on accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

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Knowledge management for culture and development: MDG-F joint programmes in Cambodia and China

The overall purpose of the MDG-F’s Thematic Window on Culture and Development is to demonstrate that, even though culture is not explicitly mentioned in the Millennium Development Goals, cultural assets are an essential component of national development, notably in terms of poverty alleviation and social inclusion. This publication is part of series that seek to present the Knowledge Management project and provide information on the two Joint Programmes implemented in Asia between 2008 and 2012, namely in Cambodia and China. It highlights four key projects that focused on Culture and Entrepreneurship and Culture and Social Dialogue. It provides an overview the operational challenges and success of each project and demonstrates the relative impact that each had on accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

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Eurobarometer public opinion on culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The main purpose of this research was to examine and evaluate the ways in which B&H citizens think and behave in the area of culture and cultural activities, as well as to measure specific indicators that will allow the monitoring of changes and evolvement of cultural values in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This report examines the following themes: 1) How the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) define the concept of culture and evaluate its relevance to their everyday lives, 2) Use of Internet and other forms of media, especially in relation to cultural activities, as well as viewing/listening habits, 3) Cultural activities that Bosnians tend to engage in and the extent to which they do so, while also examining the barriers, in terms of limited access to or a limited offer of cultural programs and activities, and 4) Attitudes toward the diversity of BiH culture and views of cross-culturalism and globalization. The results are analyzed for each question individually, breaking it down in terms of municipalities and socio-demographic variables where differences are found to be significant. Subsequently, the results are also evaluated in comparison to the Eurobarometer average for corresponding topics.

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Methodology for statistical reporting in the culture sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This working document comes as a result of implementation of the MDG Programme Culture for Development – Improvement of Intercultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The need to create reporting forms for legal entities operating in the area of culture in BiH was recognized by statistical experts. The purpose of development of these statistical reporting forms was to establish a harmonized system and tools for the statistical data collection and their availability to data users in order to provide the policy makers and their users with an insight into indicators of cultural activities' development. A total of 15 cultural areas were addressed during the process of development of these forms and each is accompanied by the methodology used in their creation.

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Report on the cultural management best practices analysis in EU and Swiss cultural institutions: 11 case studies

The main aim of this Report is to present the best practice regarding cultural management of the cultural institutions from EU and Switzerland that can serve as an instructive model of management practices for the cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). It provides an overview on the management and structural models, methods, tools and strategies either already implemented in the recent past or being conceived for implementation of the strategic management visions of the selected institutions. The complexity and diversity of the cultural sector in EU and Switzerland implies that this report should be considered as a non-representative sample, rather than as a comprehensive overview of the situation in the cultural sector in the European Union and Switzerland as a whole. However, the trends identified within the 11 case studies compiled in this report and the key conclusions derived from them, offer informative and instructive insights for the BiH cultural organizations.

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Handbook to support dispute resolution in multicultural communities in Macedonia

The purpose of this Handbook is to provide an overview for citizens, local governments and community-based organizations on practices that can be used to resolve disputes in multicultural communities. This Handbook also aims to orient its readers with local resources that can be called upon to help resolve community-based disputes. It provides an easily accessible starting point for community leaders who wish to access experts to help mediate disputes. The Handbook also includes practical information on the different methods for dispute resolution, while including examples of success stories that result from such application.

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National and local capacities for strengthening inter-ethnic dialogue and collaboration in Macedonia

The findings and recommendations in this report are taken directly from a broad series of consultations with stakeholders at local and national levels in Macedonia aimed at supporting inter-ethnic dialogue and collaboration in the country. The process of assessing capacities included structured and informal meetings, focus group discussions, interviews and training sessions. Those involved were stakeholders from local and national government, Parliament, political parties, professional agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, youth and women’s groups, the business community, as well as civic and religious leaders and academic and legal experts. This report provides information on the resources, practices, approaches and instruments available to various stakeholders, as well as recommendations for policy makers and community leaders on ways to enhance or build new frameworks and approaches to enhancing inter-ethnic dialogue within their communities.

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Review of MDG-F joint programmes: key findings and achievements

The review presents the key findings and achievements of the 130 joint programmes across 50 countries supported by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) covering eight thematic areas: children, food security and nutrition; youth employment and migration; culture and development; gender equity and women’s empowerment; private sector and development; conflict prevention and peace building; environment and climate change; and democratic economic governance.

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