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Madagascar

H.E. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, H.E. Ms. Hawa Ahmed Youssou,f Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Madagasca, and other Governmental Officials at the opening of the National Conference on the Security Sector Reform, held with support from the African Union, the European Union, UNDP and the Peacebuilding Fund in October 2015.
H.E. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, H.E. Ms. Hawa Ahmed Youssouf, Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Madagasca, and other Governmental Officials at the opening of the National Conference on the Security Sector Reform, held with support from the African Union, the European Union, UNDP and the Peacebuilding Fund in October 2015.

Madagascar was declared eligible to receive PBF support in January 2015, following a request from Government that highlighted their interest in a comprehensive peacebuilding support package for the south, good governance and security sector reform.  A Joint Steering Committee has been established and will be submitting a priority plan in the 4th quarter of 2015, based on an inclusive planning workshop in May 2015.

The PBF Joint Steering Committee in Madagascar is co-chaired by the Minister of Economy and Planning and the UN Resident Coordinator and integrated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Population, Social Protection and Women Promotion, a representative of the UN Country Team, two representatives of development partners selected from the Group of Strategic Dialogue (GDS), and two representatives from Civil Society.  The planning workshop in May involved these same constituencies.  The UN also organized a pre-workshop dedicated to civil society, to enhance their capacity to participate fully in the planning process (see below).

Total funding support in US$:

The PBF has been supporting Madagascar peacebuilding efforts since early 2015. As of October 2015, pending submission and approval of the Madagascar Peacebuilding Priority Plan, PBF support to Madagascar stands at $ 0.5 million.

 

Focus of PBF support:

Project name/ ID Focus Period Budget RUNOs
PBF/IRF-112: PBSO Surge Support to Madagascar for preparation of Peacebuilding Priority Plan Support to the establishment of a Secretariat to the PBF Joint Steering Committee in Madagascar. 2015-2016 $ 507,180 UNDP

 

Overview of PBF support and results:

In February 2015, the PBF approved an IRF project to support the establishment of a Secretariat to the PBF Joint Steering Committee in Madagascar.  This support allowed for the organization, in early May, of a workshop with Civil Society Organizations to brief them about the PBF and prepare their participation in a National Workshop that took place later that month.  The national workshop brought together the Government of Madagascar, representatives from the regions, the UNCT, development partners and Civil Society Organizations to discuss current peacebuilding challenges, gaps and priorities in Madagascar. A series of follow-up workshops were held later in 2015, and the results of all these consultations will inform the Peacebuilding Priority Plan that will be submitted to PBSO the last quarter of 2015.

One of these follow-up workshops, held in July 2015 and organized by the PBF and the African Union, was the first joint workshop on Security Sector Reform (SSR), which aimed at identifying concrete strategic areas for PBF support. Concluding two months of consultations in the regions with local populations, this four-day workshop brought together more than 500 participants representing state institutions, security providers, traditional leaders, civil society, development partners and the United Nations system.

In addition, from the 14 until the 17 October, the National Conference on SSR was held in Madagascar, with the direct support of the African Union, the European Union, UNDP and the PBF. Launched by President Rajaonarimampianina, and under the auspices of the Government of Madagascar, this Conference was the conclusion of several months of consultations within the Technical Committee for SSR in Madagascar (CTO-RSS). The United Nations, with support of the PBF and others, and the African Union have been providing technical assistance to the CTO-RSS.

KEY RESULT: Thorough consultations engaging the Government of Madagascar, representatives from the regions, Civil Society, development partners and the UNCT allowed for the identification of key peacebuilding challenges and priorities in the country. These findings will feed the Madagascar Peacebuilding Priority Plan, whose implementation will be supported by the PBF.

 

Updated October 2015