Frequently asked questions
What is PPD?
The Programme Planning and Partnerships Division (PPD) of ESCAP serves as the responsible division for overall strategic programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation at ESCAP. The Division comprises the Office of the Division Chief and two sections, namely the Programme Planning, Budget and Evaluation Section and the Technical Cooperation Section. Click here for more information about PPD.
What services does PPD provide?
In addition to overall strategic planning, PPD assists in the development of ESCAP's technical cooperation programmes and manages all technical cooperation trust funds. As such, we are the central contact point for donor governments and partner agencies.
PPD also monitors and evaluates ESCAP's programme implementation and budgetary performance, including delivery of its technical cooperation activities and regional advisory services.
We organize and service the meetings of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives (ACPR).
In addition, PPD also organizes and services the meetings of the United Nations Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism/Heads of Agency Meeting and is responsible for the promotion, implementation and capacity building on results-based management (RBM) at ESCAP. PPD also manages the administration of the regional multi-donor voluntary trust fund for early warning system arrangements in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia and is ESCAP’s focal point for South-south cooperation activities.
What are ESCAP's key subprogrammes?
ESCAP’s programme comprises an integrated set of eight mutually supportive subprogramme areas, listed below, which are linked to the priorities of member States, including disaster risk reduction, social protection, energy security, climate change, poverty reduction and food security, in line with the new intergovernmental conference structure. As of 1 January 2010, the ESCAP programme structure comprises:
- Macroeconomic policy and development
- Trade and investment
- Environment and development
- Information and communications technology and disaster risk reduction
- Social development
- Subregional activities for development
Poverty reduction and sustainable development serve as overarching goals and are integrated into the work of all subprogrammes of ESCAP. Gender concerns are mainstreamed across all subprogrammes to promote gender equality, and the concerns of vulnerable groups are given priority as they are central to poverty reduction and inclusive and sustainable development. ESCAP pursues a balanced approach to addressing social, environmental and economic issues, including those related to trade, transport and infrastructure development, in order to promote sustainable and inclusive development.
What are the guidelines ESCAP follows in deciding which technical cooperation projects to undertake?
ESCAP focuses its efforts into shifting its technical cooperation work towards a programme approach, aligned with the new priorities with emphasis on enhancing institutional capacity development at the national level, including through South-South cooperation (SSC) modalities.
The types of technical cooperation projects ESCAP selects depend on the needs of member States as assessed through the Common Country Assessment (CCAs) and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs). Technical cooperation projects are selected based on the degree to which they utilize ESCAP’s comparative advantages and complement the normative and analytical programme of work as derived from global and regional mandates and ESCAP’s legislative framework.
Technical cooperation projects focus on developing the technical, managerial and organizational capacities of developing member and associate member governments to plan and deliver more effective policies and programmes, particularly in support of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and outcomes of other Global Conferences.
For more information about our projects, please see the section on our Technical Cooperation Strategy
What are regional advisory services?
As part of our technical cooperation services, ESCAP provides professional advisory services to member governments of Asia and the Pacific. The advisory services support capacity-building efforts by developing countries and countries in transition through:
- responding to requests of Governments for urgent advice on policy-related issues;
- providing governments with specific advice on sectoral matters relevant to country programmes; and
- assisting governments in the formulation of projects and in programme evaluations leading to the enhancement of national programmes.