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Events Panel DiscussionPlanetZ-online

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  • 6:00 – 7:00 New York
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Geneva
  • Janthomas Hiemstra

    Head of Country Support Management Team, Crisis Bureau

  • Auke  Lootsma

    Resident Representative
    UNDP Yemen 

  • Edward Laws

    Senior Research Officer
    Overseas Development Institute 

  • Pauline Tamesis

    UN Resident Coordinator

  • Yuri Afanasiev

    Resident Representative
    UNDP Sudan

Ensuring impact through adaptation: Improving UNDP’s delivery in fragile environments


“Adaptive management” is a term and a practice increasingly used by development organizations around the world. But what does it mean for UNDP? And – most importantly – how could it improve the work of the organization in complex, conflict affected, crisis settings?

The simulation / roleplay and the subsequent high-level panel discussion will explore this question and aim to identify concrete entry points for Adaptive Management Practices in UNDP.

During the first part (20 minutes), 6 role players representing interest groups in a hypothetical country setting modelled based on the Yemen context will act and influence the country situation based on a series of events introduced by the moderator. At 2 identified moments, the audience will be requested to provide comments in the chat room and to make a choice for UNDP through a zoom poll. This session will illustrate the challenges the UNDP is facing in fragile settings and the need for adaptive management practices.

During the second part (60 minutes), the facilitator of the panel discussion will let the panelists react to the simulation and lead them through a discussion on where and how Adaptive Management can enhance UNDP’s agility and effectiveness in fragility.

The session will end with the launch of a “call for expression of interest” to country offices to become a pilot in UNDP’s Adaptive Management experiment during 2021.