The Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) is UNIDO’s flagship programme for accelerating Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in Member States. UNIDO’s PCP model is founded on a multi-stakeholder partnership approach and aims to facilitate the mobilization of partners, expertise and resources for larger development impact, contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 9 and SDG 17.
The PCP combines UNIDO’s technical cooperation, advisory and normative services, and convening function to deliver an integrated service package to Member States. Each programme is tailored to specific country needs and aligned with the national development agenda, while maintaining several key features: (1) ownership and leadership of the host government; (2) selected priority industrial sectors or areas; (3) a multi-stakeholder partnership; (4) the facilitation of public and private investment; (5) an analytical framework; and (6) a results-based approach aiming at programme-level impact.
The PCP was first introduced in 2014. The piloting phase comprised Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Peru, and Senegal. The PCP portfolio progressively expanded to include Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. In 2021, Nigeria became the newest PCP approved for development. Going forward, the programme will gradually expand to additional countries.
The overall objective of the PCP is to accelerate ISID in UNIDO Member States by facilitating the mobilization of partners, expertise and resources. As such, the PCP contributes to advancing ISID by leveraging the comparative advantages of various partners and stakeholders — the national Government, United Nations entities, development partners, financial institutions and the business sector — capitalizing on their complementary initiatives in a coordinated manner.
Through the PCP, UNIDO delivers an integrated service package tailored to country needs, capitalizing on the Organization’s technical expertise in ISID, providing a vital contribution to national socio-economic response and recovery efforts in the face of COVID-19.
By facilitating the pooling of resources, coordinated actions and joint initiatives in the field of ISID, UNIDO’s PCP is a direct contribution to the UN development system’s efforts at the country-level to advance the SDGs.
The PCP is also a mechanism to implement the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa. The UN General Assembly designated UNIDO to “develop, operationalize and lead the implementation of the programme for the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa”, in collaboration with a range of partners and in line with other regional and global development initiatives such as the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.