In order to operationalize the partnership approach, UNIDO developed a new type of assistance package for its Member States: the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP). The PCP is not a static template, but a custom-built partnership formula with each beneficiary country maintaining ownership of the complete process by defining its needs and required support, and finally ensuring the success of its delivery.
Each PCP is aligned with the national industrialization priorities and development plans of the beneficiary country. At the same time, the selected countries need to be fully aligned with ISID objectives and demonstrate full ownership of the Programme. They need to embed the PCP into their national resource mobilization strategies, and remain open to partnerships for upscaling technical cooperation services and leveraging additional resources.
In order to develop pilot PCPs, UNIDO conducted high-level scoping missions to consult with relevant stakeholders in late 2014. Ethiopia and Senegal were selected for the first two UNIDO-PCP initiatives. Multidisciplinary technical teams were assembled who, in close collaboration with the respective governments and potential partners, formulated the PCP for each country. In early 2015, the PCP documents were approved by the host governments. Start-up activities for the PCPs are currently being rolled-out.