New cooperation with the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
NORDEM signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) in November 2012.
UNDP is on the ground in 177 countries throughout the world and amongst its priorities is helping to build crisis-resilient nations and promote democratic governance. As such, the new partnership enables NORDEM to contribute to a broader range of democratization and human rights focused fieldwork. As a result of the MoU, two NORDEM experts on mission joined the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) at the UNDP headquarters in New York in December. Jenny Kotz Bjerlestam (Sweden) is a Rule of Law, Justice and Security Programme Specialist and works to strengthen the rule of law in crisis-affected and fragile situations. She went on her first UNDP field mission to Kosovo, during her first week in office.
“Arriving in Kosovo this early in the new position was both very interesting and helpful for my understanding of how we can assist our colleagues in the field. Kosovo is a place with so many different actors in the justice sector and most of them are very strongly positioned. It is important for us to find the areas where we can add value to the Rule of Law sector. Free legal aid is very important as is community safety and security initiatives.”
Hanne Kristoffersen (Norway), in her role as a Crisis Governance Specialist, works to promote the social contract in fragile and conflict-affected situations and is soon embarking on her first UNDP field trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes regions.
“My main objective of the mission will be to meet key international and national counterparts working on governance, local elections and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, endorsed at the 4th High Level Forum for Aid Effectiveness in Busan 2011. Stakeholders convene to discuss and agree on a five year Crisis Prevention and Recovery strategy, taking into account the ongoing threats to stability posed by the M23 rebellion in the East and its socio-political implications,” Hanne says. Having worked in DRC through NORDEM for several years, she is eager to continue her contribution to the stabilization efforts in the country.