The Common Country Assessment (CCA) is intended to provide insights into key development challenges facing a country; these are then addressed in a multiyear United Nations Development Assistance Framework or UNDAF, which is the next step in the UN’s planning process and outlines key areas of the UN’s work in the years ahead.
A CCA is typically organized around particular themes or sectors. However, this time, the UN Country Team in Nepal chose to depart from this more standard approach by attempting to conduct a country analysis (CA) with people at its core – a ‘country analysis with a human face’
The country analysis 2011 not only identified potential clients for UN development work, but also identified the structural reasons for their vulnerabilities. In this way, future UN programming will focus especially on such underlying causes and, it is envisioned, will result in transformational change in the development patterns of the country.
By focusing on beneficiaries, the CA is naturally grounded in a human-rights-based approach to development. As such, it places development policies and processes in a system of rights and corresponding obligations established by international laws. This contributes not only to promoting the sustainability of development work but also to empowering people to participate in policy formulation, hold duty-bearers to account, and ensure the fair and equal distribution of available resources