Strengthening intergovernmental cooperation with nongovernmental organizations
Strengthening international cooperation with grass-roots organizations
UNDP encourages such cooperation though its [Partners in Development Programme] as part of plans to strengthen cooperation to small-scale grass-roots development activities undertaken by indigenous organizations in recipient countries, and to strengthen the technical and managerial capabilities of these organizations. UNDP has also supported the creation of the Africa 2000 Network of African nongovernmental organizations (for which it has set up the Africa 2000 Network Trust Fund), working to support communities in natural resources management, community forestry, food production, and environmental protection. UNDP assists recipient governments to work with nongovernmental organizations by helping with data collection, facilitating dialogue, providing appropriate institutional support and involving nongovernmental organizations in programme and project design where appropriate.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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