Working with ESCAP

ESCAP’s approach to partnerships in based on:

  • Shared priorities/interests: matching ESCAP’s strengths with partners priorities and members States needs
  • Communication: regular informal and formal annual consultations
  • Engagement: working together on project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Accountability: performance and financial reporting
  • Evaluation and learning: to ensure continuous improvement and better results.

ESCAP’s partners include member States, bilateral development agencies, intergovernmental organizations and agencies within and outside the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.

We promote different partnership modalities tailored to the needs of individual partners, including:

  • Framework agreements under memoranda of understanding (MOUs)
  • Direct contribution by the partner under a trust fund or special agreement
  • Joint implementation of activities under an exchange of letters or separate agreement

ESCAP’s impact and efficiency has been improved through:

  • Fewer, larger-scale, longer-term and better-integrated capacity development projects which are aligned with the overall priorities of ESCAP
  • Emphasis is on identifying and achieving results and improving performance through strengthened results-based management
  • Stronger focus on monitoring and evaluation to ensure the secretariat’s accountability to its member States, partners and the donor community, and to facilitate learning and ongoing improvement in performance.