UNDP and the UN System


Inauguration of the UN House in Zagreb, 23 October 2008 / Photo: UNDP archive

Croatia does not have a United Nations Development Assistance Framework, but the same consultative mechanism and methodology was used in developing the UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD 2007-2011). The programme was developed in a highly consultative manner, involving all relevant line ministries, local authorities, civil society partners and United Nations agencies. All UNDP-supported interventions in Croatia are fully complementary with the ongoing initiatives of the United Nations Children's Fund, UNFPA, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization, as well as the Country Assistance Strategy of the World Bank and the EU Accession Strategy.

Since 2001, the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS has been the main instrument of UN coordination on HIV/AIDS in Croatia. Members of the UN Theme Group include representatives of: UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Bank, IOM and UNDP, as well as the Secretariat, which is situated at the UNDP Croatia Country Office. The primary objective of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS is to coordinate the efforts of the UN system in support of the national response to the epidemic led by the National AIDS Commission with the main goal of maintaining the low prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country.

The EU Accession process offers Croatia opportunities to overcome the social exclusion and economic deprivation still characteristic of war-affected areas. The UN in Croatia has come together to implement a Programme on Social Inclusion and Conflict Transformation in War Affected Areas of Croatia. The Programme is designed to be a model for other Middle Income Countries with post-conflict dynamics, and tackles the endemic social, economic and political exclusion of returnees, minorities, veterans and economically-disempowered women whose marginalization most jeopardizes peaceful coexistence and sustainable return, and risks cementing the emergence of "Two Croatias"; one relatively well off, vibrant and Euro-centric; the other home to the poor, disempowered and excluded. The Programme employs a root cause methodology that pioneers the integration of a community decision-making methodology into socio-economic recovery of war-affected areas through shared needs/interest projects.

In close cooperation with the World Bank, EC and other major multilateral and bilateral donors, UNDP will continue to advocate for, and support, greater donor and aid coordination by the Government of Croatia. Collaboration with other UN agencies in Croatia is crucial and will continue, particularly with UNICEF, WHO, and UNHCR. As appropriate, UNDP will support coordination events, joint strategy meetings and annual reviews, and this collaboration is expanding to involve joint projects, collective action and joint monitoring and evaluation activities and collective advocacy.

UN agencies in Croatia