UNDP Regional Service Centre
  West & Central Africa (RSC-WCA)

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) has two Regional Centres: Dakar and Johannesburg.
The primary function of regional centres is to foster organizational effectiveness through
provision of integrated programme and policy support services to Country Offices.


The Regional Centre Dakar (RC Dakar) provides services to the 23 UNDP Country Offices in West
and Central Africa (WACA): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African
Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea,
Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra
Leone and Togo.

The Centre also supports the work of Regional Organizations and Regional Commissions (RECs)
in West and Central Africa.


We provide policy and programme development support, as well as technical backstopping in all
the practice areas and cross-cutting themes of the UNDP Strategic Plan, including:
     Support for Common Country Assessments and UN Development Assistance Programme
        formulation and drafting processes;
     Reviews of Country Programme Documents/Country Programme Action Plans;
     Reviews and inputs into National Development Strategies;
     Management of a select number of RBA’s Regional Projects;
     Hosting the Secretariat of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) for West and
        Central Africa, formally known as the Regional Directors Team (RDT);
     Acting as a facilitator in identifying expertise for the strengthening of Country Office
        operations and administration.


The Regional Centre responds to requests of UNDP COs by deploying single or multi-disciplinary
Teams of Advisors to provide policy and/or technical support to specific areas of the country
programme or to relevant joint areas of work of the UNCT.

Requests for support by the CO are addressed by a CO Senior Manager to the Regional Centre
Manager, copied to the Team Leader for each area of support.

The Centre leverages regional projects to create platforms for dialogue on specific thematic
issues, implement catalytic-scalable demonstration projects and facilitate learning and
experience sharing.
                                           OUR AREAS OF SUPPORT

Democratic Governance

The Democratic Governance Practice Team at the Regional Centre Dakar assists Country Offices
to achieve the following three key outcomes:
     Enhanced participation and civic engagement in national political and economic affairs
        by the citizens;
     Strengthened capacity, responsiveness and effectiveness of national institutions, to
        deliver quality public services;
     Alignment of national policies, processes and institutions with key democratic
        governance principles.

Our multi-disciplinary team of governance experts provides policy, programming, knowledge
management and capacity development support to country offices in the areas of: access to
justice, human rights, electoral systems and processes, anti-corruption, parliamentary
development and political parties, public administration reform, women’s political
empowerment, and governance assessments and monitoring.

Through the new UNDP Regional Governance Programme for Africa, the Dakar Regional Centre
supports key regional institutions, such as the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS, and provides
technical and capacity development support for the implementation of regional governance
initiatives, including the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the Africa Governance and
Public Administration Programme (AGPAP). The Democratic Governance practice facilitates the
development of a sub-regional community of practice which serves as a peer-to-peer learning
and experience-sharing platform that brings together UNDP governance practitioners in the

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A Regional Initiative – Pole: Development Strategies and Public Finance

Reducing poverty and achieving the MDGs implies stepping up the mobilization of financial
resources and a more efficient management of public expenditures. This entails the adoption of
poverty reduction and growth oriented policies and the establishment of national budgets
designed for the implementation of such policies.

The Dakar Regional Centre’s “Pole” Team, working closely with the Governance and Poverty
Practice Teams, is helping to strengthen the consistency between national budgets and
development strategies and to promote a results-oriented public management approach. The
Pole provides training and technical assistance to both regional economic commissions
(UEMOA and CEMAC) and to West and Central African Country Offices. The Team adds
important competencies to the Centre’s services, namely in the areas of macro-economic
modelling, national and sector wide planning, multi-year budget programming tools, MTEF and
budget programmes, M&E, Parliaments and fiscal spaces.

Poverty Reduction and MDGs

The Centre’s Poverty Reduction and MDG Practice Team, working in tandem with the Economist
Unit and the Regional Trade Advisor assists UNDP programme countries in the region in their
efforts to accelerate and sustain progress towards achieving the MDGs.

Key lines of services include:
     Advisory, programmatic and capacity development support for the elaboration,
        implementation and monitoring of inclusive, MDG-based national development and
        poverty reduction strategies and programmes;
     Support to the roll-out of MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF);
     Scaling up of MDG-based local development initiatives;
     Strengthening linkages between national and sectoral policy, planning and budgeting
        processes to foster a more efficient use of resources for reducing poverty and achieving
        the MDGs.

In line with the UNDP corporate objective of reducing poverty, the Regional Centre in Dakar
manages the “Regional Programme on Youth Employment and Social Cohesion” (YERP), which
aims at facilitating the generation of decent employment for young men and women, through
the adoption of appropriate policies and institutional capacity development. The YERP provides
support to 12 countries in five main components:
      Mainstreaming employment, particularly for youth, in economic and social policies to
        promote growth and increase labour demand;
      Generation of information on the labour market to influence laws and policies on
      Education and vocational training;
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         Business development and job creation;
         Strategies to promote social cohesion and protect decent jobs.

The Centre also supports the implementation of the Regional Trade Project entitled “Building
African Capacity to Gain Maximum Benefit from Inclusive Globalization and Regional
Integration” in West and Central Africa.

 In line with the corporate objective to enhance governance processes for human
 development, the Centre manages the “Regional Project for Capacity Development for
 Negotiating and Regulating Investment Contracts (CAPDENERICO).” This Project seeks to
 support African countries as they develop and build natural resource contract negotiation
 and management capacity through a three-tier approach aimed at growing capable domestic
 capacity to negotiate and regulate large-scale investment contracts. The objective is to
 maximize Africa’s benefits from investments and exploitation of natural resources, in
 support of accelerated poverty reduction and attainment of the MDGs.

The “Regional Energy Project for Poverty Reduction” (PREP), supports Regional Commissions
(RECs) and their member states in the formulation of comprehensive pro-poor energy access
policies and investment programs as well as the scaling up of delivery models and approaches,
such as the multi-functional platforms proven to contribute to the empowerment of women.
This Project, based at the Regional Centre in Dakar, also facilitates capacity development,
South-South cooperation and experience sharing in the delivery of critical energy services to

HIV/AIDS and Support to GFATM Countries

UNDP is the leading UN organization in addressing HIV/AIDS from the perspectives of
development, governance, human rights and gender.

As a co-sponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNDP has a
specific and well-defined role in the overall response of the United Nations system and in
helping countries to implement the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS as well as in
achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This mandate is implemented through the following service offerings, among others:
     HIV, MDGs and Development Planning, (i.e. mainstreaming HIV into national plans)
     Governance of AIDS Responses, (i.e. enhancing capacity of National AIDS Councils)
     HIV, Human Rights, Gender, and Sexual Diversity (i.e. addressing gender based violence,
       stigma and inappropriate criminalization)
     IP, Innovation and Access to Treatment (i.e. incorporating public health related TRIPS
       flexibilities into national legislation)

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Global Fund Partnership

The Global Fund partnership team based at the Regional Centre provides support to UNDP
country offices region-wide, which are implementing Global Fund grants, as well as supporting
national implementing partners. As part of a wider engagement with the United Nations, the
Global Fund has developed a partnership with UNDP to ensure that grants can be implemented
and services delivered in countries facing exceptional development challenges and/or complex
emergencies. In these settings, UNDP is often asked to serve as temporary Principal Recipient
(PR) of the Global Fund, ensuring that these resources can be used to benefit poor populations
in countries of high need.

The support provided to Country Offices includes:
     Grant negotiation, initial setup of the grants, grant programming and implementation;
     Monitoring and evaluation, grant renewal, grant consolidation, grant hand-over to
       national entities and grant closure; Support services are based on missions, desk
       support and training.

In Africa, UNDP is managing Global Fund grants in the following countries: Angola, Central
African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon (support to
national implementer), Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, São Tomé and Principe, Togo, Zambia and

Energy and Environment

Working through and in support of Country Offices, the Energy and Environment Practice Team
provides policy and programme development support to achieve the MDGs.

The E&E Practice provides support and technical services in the following areas:
     Integrating climate risk information into policies, planning processes and investment
     Adjusting fiscal and regulatory frameworks to enable the private sector to invest
       resources in a climate sensitive way;
     Putting in place appropriate safety nets to help those affected by climate shocks;
     Facilitating Countries’ participation in Accessing Climate Finance;
     Putting in place policies and capacities to mainstream ecosystem management
       objectives into economic sector activities and land governance;
     Preparation of low-emission climate-resilient development strategies (LECRDS);
     Accelerate implementation of sub-regional energy policies - Economic Community of
       West African States and the Central African Community (ECOWAS, CEMAC).

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Crisis Prevention and Recovery (CPR) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
The CPR/DRR Team focuses on supporting countries in the region to make crisis prevention and
disaster mitigation an integral part of development planning and programming, through
enhancing conflict and disaster risk management capacities and improving governance in post-
crisis transitional situations.


The CPR focus of UNDP includes the following aspects: Disaster Risk Reduction (in the context of
Climate Change); Roll-out of Early Recovery, Conflict Prevention and Reducing Gender-based
Violence; Prevention of post-electoral violence, restoration of community security, early
recovery through strengthening of rule of law and democratic governance institutions;
Maintaining close collaboration with the Regional Commissions and Regional Projects to
address regional and country needs in these areas of support.

Specific areas of strategic support to Country Offices by the Practice Team include the provision
of the following:
     Assessment and analysis of risks and recovery needs;
     Development of post-conflict and post-disaster strategic frameworks and policies;
     Incorporation of conflict sensitivity into country programmes; including technical
         support to countries to prevent pre- and post-elections related violence.
     Incorporation of gender sensitive and human rights based approaches into CPR
         programmes and projects;
     Technical support and guidance for CPR programmes/projects through the UNDAF
         formulation process and during programme design and implementation;
     Knowledge codification;
     Capacity development for Country Offices and national partners;
     Policy development including the review and analysis of issues and trends related to CPR.

The Crisis Prevention and Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Project

The project is an integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Crisis Prevention and
Management (CPM) intervention, which acts as a platform to facilitate the delivery of
integrated DRR and CPM capacity development initiatives.

The DRR component will focus on strengthening the capacities of the African Union (AU),
Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) and the Intergovernmental Authority
on Development (IGAD), Regional Economic Commissions, etc., and facilitating the integration
of DRR into their development policies and mechanisms with the view to lower the threat level
of natural hazards to vulnerable populations. Priority areas will include management of risks to
development associated with climate variability and change, and preparedness for disaster
response and recovery.

The CPM component will support the Peace and Security operations of the AU by strengthening
the institutional capacities of four Regional Economic Commissions and one regional institution
(ECOWAS, SADC, EAC, ECCAS and IGAD) to carry out the requirements of the Minimum
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Integration Programme (MIP) of the AU. Priority areas will include establishment of
mechanisms for: (i) increased collaboration among RECs and regional institutions in crisis
prevention and recovery; (ii) early warning systems for crisis prevention, recovery and peace
building; and (iii) enhancing engagement and involvement of civil society and private sector
entities in the CPR processes.

Capacity Development

UNDP recognizes that capacity development is a systemic process to support an institution’s
ability to achieve its development goals, and to adapt and sustain this performance during
periods of transition or shocks. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. UNDP’s support for
capacity development, while using accumulated knowledge, shared experience and consistent
methodology, is tailored to the specific needs of each institution in its local context.

The focus and contribution of UNDP in this regard is to strengthen those institutions that must
deliver on the MDGs and human development over time. In doing so, UNDP prioritizes issues of
institutional reform and effective institutional arrangements, leadership vision and the larger
stakeholder engagement around that vision, access to and the relevant use of knowledge and
learning. Emphasis is also placed on the public interface and accountability mechanisms that
ensure an institution’s ability to change as needed.

The CD team provides services to Country Offices through advocacy, policy advisers, methods
and tools, learning and knowledge sharing, programme implementation and partnerships, in a
number of key application areas, namely national implementation capacities; national capacities
to manage and coordinate aid; capacities for local service delivery and public-private
partnerships; and capacities for national visioning and strategy development. Support is also
provided for the mainstreaming of capacity development into programming documents, i.e.
UNDAFs, CPDs, CPAPs, and in national development strategies or PRSPs.

Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery

Public-Private Partnerships for Service Delivery (PPPSD) supports UNDP Country Offices and UN
Country Teams by developing the capacity of partners, including local governments, local
businesses and local communities, to effectively engage through PPPs that improve service
delivery to the poor.

In this context, the UNDP PPPSD focuses on basic services with direct contributions to the
MDGs, such as water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, local energy services, social
services and local public infrastructure facilities provided through a partnership approach and
capacity development interventions.

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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

The Gender Team provides support to country offices through policy advice, technical
backstopping, knowledge management, capacity strengthening on gender mainstreaming, and
advocacy to raise awareness on gender in development. The team supports COs to ensure that
the UNDP corporate as well the RBA Regional Gender Strategies are being implemented.

Specific areas of support focus on National Planning Processes, Capacity Building and Strategic
Partnership Building, and include the following actions:
     Mainstreaming gender into CCA, UNDAFs and CPDs of countries in the region including
        support to UNDG WCA through the QSA;
     Technical review of UNDP programme documents and policies with gender lenses to
        ensure effective gender mainstreaming into programming and policies;
     Support the elaboration, validation and implementation of corporate as well as of the
        RBA Regional Gender Strategy in the region;
     Support the elaboration and validation of governments, National Gender Strategies and
        Action Plans to meet requirements set by the Beijing International Conference on all UN
        Member States;
     Support the establishment and functioning of UNCT’s gender theme groups;
     Support knowledge management through the establishment of women’s networks.

The regional project for “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa” aims to
support capacity development of national partners to adopt approaches that advance women’s
rights. The project also takes into account the full range of women’s contributions toward
development as a foundation for the achievement of the MDGs.

Regional Evaluation Services

The Dakar Centre has a Regional Evaluation Advisor that provides the following services:

Technical Functions:
    Leads the provision of Country Office M&E and RBM capacity building support;
    Leads and/or oversees the proper planning and implementation of evaluations
       commissioned at sub-regional and country levels;
    Establishes and supports regional M&E networks as part of an evaluation knowledge
       support mechanism;
    Supports formulation and implementation of national M&E strategies and establishes
       linkages to the RBM frameworks of the UNDAF, CPAPs/AWPs.

Services Offered to Country Offices:
     Support of results based management;
     Strategic representation of UNDP work in the sub-region;
     Strengthening of country level capacity development;
     Strengthening of national evaluation capacity;
     Strengthening evaluation at RC Dakar.
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Knowledge Management

The Dakar Regional Centre provides the following services, through its Knowledge Management

Advisory Services
    Communities of Practice (CoP) Formation & Development: defining purpose and
       participants, designing spaces to share, discuss, collaborate, and developing direction
       for the CoP to deliver on its objectives;
    Collaboration & Networking between practices, countries and regions;
    Face-to-Face Knowledge Exchange, such as support in designing workshops to foster
       more systematic experience sharing, interaction and engagement by utilizing effectively
       the various knowledge sharing tools.

Training services
     Role of Facilitation: building skills around facilitation, facilitating discussions and
        encouraging participation.
     Use of Social Media: training on the use of social media, including Teamworks.

Regional Communication

The Regional Communication Advisor at the Centre mentors communication officers at COs by
helping them to assess communications needs and supporting them in making their
programmes and activities known to the public. This includes assistance in “storytelling”, and
developing internal and external communication strategies; supporting media development
through the training of journalists; training UNDP staff on how to handle the media and prepare
for public presentations; assistance with fundraising for communications-related projects;
providing support in programme and thematic communications; as well as acting as a liaison and
focal point between RBA, the UNDP Communications Office and Communications Officers.

Services provided also include guiding the publication of newsletters, brochures and other
campaign/branding products; media outreach through op-eds, press releases and other key
messages; supporting activities around the Human Development Report and the MDGs; and
supporting media liaison activities in times of elections, crises or natural disasters.

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United Nations Development Group for Western and Central Africa

The Regional Centre houses the Secretariat created to support the UNDG-Western and Central
Africa Team (Regional Directors Team).

The WCA Regional Directors Team responds to the globally set mandate of supporting country
operations and maintaining oversight in the following four core functional areas:
    Provision of timely and coherent technical support to RCs and UNCTs;
    Quality support and assurance to CCA/UNDAF process;
    RC/UNCTs oversight, i.e. management of the RC assessment; and
    “Troubleshooting” in difficult country situations, and dispute resolution.

The Secretariat has the following main functions: (i) to coordinate the support from the Regional
UNDG team to UNCTs, ensuring timely response to UNCT requests; (ii) to ensure the
implementation of the priorities of the Regional UNDG and annual work plan and report on
progress; (iii) to support the Regional UNDG team in coordinating the RC/UNCT performance
assessment process; and (iv) to disseminate information and good practices on programmes and
policies to UNCTs.

In 2009, UNDG-WCA established inter-agency technical clusters to operationalize its functions.
These inter-agency technical clusters known as Working Groups reflect key development
priorities and challenges in the region. They have the vocation to provide substantive support to
UNCTs in identifying thematic areas such as Social Protection, HIV/AIDS, Food Security and
Nutrition, Health, Gender and Human Rights, Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian
Response, as well as MDGs and poverty reduction.

The Peer Support Group for Quality Support and Assurance of the UNDAF (PSG/QSA) provides
technical assistance to UNCTs in their UNDAF formulation efforts and review process. The
PSG/QSA offers process-related and substantive support, technical assistance in the five UNDAF
programming principles, and capacity building of UNCTs in areas such as Results Based
Management (RBM), Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), and Monitoring and Evaluation

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                                                      CONTACT US:

UNDP Regional Centre Dakar
5, Boulevard de l’Est, Point E
B.P. 5640
Dakar, Sénégal
Telephone: +221 33 869 0620
Fax : +221 33 869 0689

Manager of the Regional Centre: Gita Honwana Welch (
Senior Coordinator: Metsi Makhetha (

Team Leaders:
Democratic Governance: Felix Ye (
Pole: Jean-Baptiste Gros (
Poverty Reduction and MDGs: Nathalie Bouché (
Economist Unit: Etienne de Souza (
Regional Trade Advisor: Alain Pierre Bernard (
HIV/AIDS: Moustapha Gueye (
Global Fund Support Unit: Clement San Sebastian (
Energy & Environment: Benoit Lebot (
Crisis Prevention and Recovery: Armand Michel-Broux (
Capacity Development: Alexis Huliro (
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Odette Kabaya (
Regional Evaluation Services:
François-Corneille Kedowide (
Knowledge Management: Marc Lepage (
Regional Communications: Maimouna Mills (
UNDG WCA Support: Mensah Aluka (

For Regional Projects (PREP, YERP, CAPDENERICO): Contact the Centre Manager
For Country Office Operations Support: Contact the Centre Manager

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