The Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) 2017-2021 is the fourth strategic medium-term cooperation framework for Eritrea. It outlines the collective vision and shared response of United Nations agencies in Eritrea to the National Indicative Development Plan (NIDP) 2014-2018 and responds directly to the goals of the National Charter of the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) to advance Eritrea’s sustainable development agenda and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SPCF 2017-2021 was developed at the outcome results level, through a consultative process led by the Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Eritrea. The SPCF is aligned to the National Indicative Development Plan (NIDP), and makes reference to national sector plans, the SPCF 2013-2016 Mid-Term Review (MTR), concept notes prepared by GoSE’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), and key international development frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063.
The United Nation’s response contributes to the National Indicative Development Plan through four strategic pillars:
Pillar 1: Basic social services;
Pillar 2: Environmental sustainability, resilience and disaster risk management;
Pillar 3: Public sector capacity development; and Pillar 4: Inclusive growth, food security and sustainable livelihoods.
These results areas respond to national challenges related to (i) improving and sustaining social progress and environmental sustainability; (ii) capacity development; (iii) accelerated inclusive growth, food security and livelihoods; (iv) gender and youth empowerment; and (v) human welfare and social and child protection.
The indicative resources required for the implementation of the SPCF 2017-2021 is estimated at USD 328,724,188 of which Regular Resources (RR) is USD 83,507,238 and Other Resources (OR) is USD 245,216,950. This is an increase of about 75 per cent from the amount of USD 188 million estimated for the SPCF 2013-2016. A Joint Resource Mobilization Strategy (JRMS) and a Communication Strategy will be developed to mobilize additional resources.
The SPCF 2017-2021 will be guided by key core values of accountability, integrity, professionalism, and mutual respect.
The Minister for National Development and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator will jointly provide strategic oversight, coordinate and remain accountable for the SPCF’s results. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, as the designated representative of the UN Secretary General, will coordinate the UN Country Team in achieving the SPCF 2017-2021 results.
An overall Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework and Implementation Plan will be developed to accompany the SPCF 2017-2021, providing a common tool for the operationalization of the planned results. Both the GoSE and the UN Country Team will be jointly involved in the implementation of results to reduce transaction costs and emphasize the partnership nature of the SPCF.
Focus will also be placed on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, offering valuable pathways to promote and encourage the sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise as well as the adaptation of good practices.