Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What data has UN Women made available on this IATI website?

The website as updated on October 16th 2015 provides summary information on all UN-Women programmes, both field based and global (HQ led) and entered into ATLAS with budget for implementation in 2015. This 2015 update therefore includes complete information on all approved programmes currently under implementation in UN Women covering its normative, operational and coordination mandates. The information includes the name of the programme, the countries the programme is expected to be implemented in, the priority thematic areas in which the programme will focus, the duration of the programme, a brief description of the programme and the available budget in ATLAS for the current year. Further updates will be provided progressively. This update also includes financial information on advocacy and communication, human resources, procurement, IT, audit, finance, administration etc.

2. This is only programme data. Where can I find out more about UN Women’s other work?

For general information about UN-Women’s mandate, work and news, please visit UN Women’s website

3.What is the meaning of the term “available budget”?

Available budget refers to the funds currently available with UN-Women in ATLAS for implementation during the current year (2015). This figure may change if additional funding is received by UN-Women and will be updated progressively.

4. What is the meaning of the terms Strategic Note and Annual Work Plan?

These are the operational programming documents internally developed by UN-Women for use at the country/multi country or regional levels. In line with the UN-Women Strategic Plan, these describe UN-Women’s contributions to national priorities as part of a coordinated UN Country Team response and harmonized with the UNDAF priorities and time frame. These include development results and organizational effectiveness and efficiency frameworks with outcomes, outputs, activities, budgets and other inputs providing a strategic performance management framework.

5. What does Atlas mean?

Atlas is the name of the on-line ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system used by UN-Women to record project budgets and expenditures.

6. What does the term programme mean?

UN Women uses a programme approach. A programme is an integrated set of activities implemented over a period of time to produce a number of interconnected set of outputs. These in turn contribute to the achievement of outcomes and ultimately the impacts articulated in the UN Women Strategic Plan. Compared with projects, programmes take a wider view, aim for higher level results and bring together more and interrelated elements in the pursuit of these results. This enables more holistic and cross-thematic responses, which are necessary to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. The information provided therefore as far as possible aggregates small individual projects recorded in ATLAS into the respective programmes within which they have been approved for implementation. The financial information provided is aggregated for the entire programme for the current year 2015 and lumps both core and non-core together.

7. What do the different abbreviations mean?

AWP: Annual Work Plan
BPFA: Beijing Platform for Action
CCO: Cambodia Country Office
CEDAW: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
CPA: Comprehensive Peace Agreement
CSO: Civil Society Organization
DaO: Delivering as One
DRF: Development Results Framework
ECOWAS: Economic Community of West African States
GE: Gender Equality
GoI: Government of India
GOSS: Government of South Sudan
GoT: Government of Tanzania
GRB: Gender Responsive Budgeting
GTG: Gender Theme Group
IDB: Inter-America Development Bank
ILO: International Labor Organization
MDGs: Millennium Development Goals
MRF: Management Results Framework
MTRP: Mid-Term Response Plan
NAP: National Action Plan
NDS: National Development Strategies
NPGE: National Programme on Gender Equality
NSGE: National Strategy on Gender Equality
NWM: National Women’s Machinery
OPII: One UN Programme II
PAHO: Pan America Health Organization
PSWG: Peace Support Working Group
RC: Regional Center
RGC: Royal Government of Cambodia
SEDP: Socio Economic Development Plan
SEPI: Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality
SGBV: Sexual and Gender Based Violence
SN: Strategic Note
UN SCR: United Nations Security Council Resolution
UNCT: United Nations Country Team
UNDAF: United Nations Development Assistance Framework
UNDG: United Nations Development Group
UNDP: United Nations Development Programme
UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund
UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
UNiTE: United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women
UNOCHA: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
UNRCO: United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office
VAW: Violence against Women
VCO: Vietnam Country Office
WARO: West Africa Regional Office
WEE: Women’s Economic Empowerment
WHO: World Health Organization
WHRs: Women’s Human Rights
WICBT: Women in Informal Cross Border Trade
WPS: Women Peace and Security