United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)


The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the basis of the One Programme. It is the strategic programme framework for the UNCT that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development priorities and defines how the UNCT will contribute to the achievement of development results.

It defines outcomes, activities and UN agency and partners responsibilities that are agreed by the government. 


UNDAF 2016-2018

The UNDAF 2016-2018 is aligned to the Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase III and the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) 2014-2018. It is harmonized with the national planning process and will cover a three-year period, in line with the timeframe of the NSDP 2014-2018 to enable joint planning, monitoring and evaluation of results.

The UNDAF was developed through an interactive, consultative process with response to needs identified in common country analysis (RGC & other sources). It also builds on UNDAF 2011-2015 implementation.

(Joint UNDAF Results Report 2016 is available. Download English version , Khmer version)


The UNDAF has three mutually reinforcing outcome areas with cross-cutting issues, mainstreamed across all 3 outcomes.

OUTCOME 1: Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development


OUTCOME 2 : Social Development, Social Protection and Human Capital


OUTCOME 3 : Governance and Human Rights

By 2018, people living in Cambodia, in particular youth, women and vulnerable groups, are enabled to actively participate in and benefit equitably from growth and development that is sustianable and does not compromise the well-being, natural and cultural resources of future generations.

By 2018, more people, especially vulnerable, poor and marginalized groups are equitably benefiting from and contributing to affordable, sustainable and quality social services and protection and have gained enhanced skills to achieve and contribute to social and human development.

By 2018, national and sub-national institutions are more transparent and accountable for key public sector reforms and rule of law, are more responsive to the inequalities in the enjoyment of human rights of all people living in Cambodia, and increase civic participation in democratic decision-making.


Environmental sustainability, Gender equality, Human rights, Youth


Programming principles

It is shaped by the UN programming principles: Human rights-based approach, Gender equality, Environmental sustainability, Results-based management and Capacity development. 


Estimated Resources Needed

The UN System in Cambodia estimates that approximately $US 260 million will be needed over the 2016-2018 period for the contribution of the UN to the three UNDAF outcomes.


Responsibility for Implementation

Under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UNCT will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the UNDAF 2016-2018 in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and in collaboration with civil society and development partners.