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Our Projects


POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING

Swiss Cooperation Strategies for Albania (2018-2021) and Serbia (2018-2021)

2017: King Zollinger provided facilitation and drafting support for Swiss Cooperation Strategies for two countries in the Western Balkans

strategy serbiastrategy albaniaThe support provided by King Zollinger included facilitation of planning workshops in the countries, drafting of elements for the new strategies, methodological support in formulating results-oriented planning frameworks and editorial support.
Contact: Alison King



Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Mekong Region (2018-2021)

2017: King Zollinger supported the process of preparing and elaborating the four-year Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Mekong Region

strategy mekongThis regional strategy focuses on Laos and Cambodia. King Zollinger supported the planning process by designing and moderating the planning workshop in Phnom Penh, providing drafting support at various stages of the strategy process and developing the results framework.
Contact: Alison King

 

Development of Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Mozambique

2016: King Zollinger facilitated the development of the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Mozambique (2017-2020)

strategy mozambiqueKing Zollinger supported the planning process by designing and moderating two workshops, one of which was a video-conference, the other one was a four-day planning workshop in Maputo. The services also included methodological support with regard to the formulation of results frameworks and drafting support to the strategy document.
Contact: Alison King

 

Support to new Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Macedonia

2016: King Zollinger supported the process of preparing and elaborating the next Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Macedonia (2017-2020)

King Zollinger supported the planning process by designing and moderating two planning workshops with various stakeholders in Skopje. King Zollinger also provided drafting support at various stages to the strategy document.
Contact: Alison King

 

Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System

Ie-paper-cip 2015: Alison King co-authored independent expert paper for ECOSOC.

As part of the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in preparation for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 and the United Nations Quadrennial Comprehensive Review of Operational Activities for Development of the UN Development System in 2016, Alison King co-authored an independent expert paper on UN development system capacities to deliver, impact and accountability, and partnerships. She was particularly responsible for the chapter on impact.
Contact: Alison King

 

Elaboration of Swiss Cooperation Strategy Tanzania 2015-2018

Strategy Tanzania2014: King Zollinger provided facilitation and drafting support for the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Tanzania.

The overall goal of the four-year Swiss Cooperation Strategy, budgeted at CHF 103.5 million, is to contribute to poverty reduction in Tanzania through inclusive growth and by way of building a more equitable society. To this intent, the Swiss Government will work with partners in the areas of health, employment and income and governance with a targeted focus on women and youth as well as the poverty-stricken, rural Central Corridor regions. King Zollinger facilitated the strategic planning process, including the results framework, and drafted the strategy document.
Contact: Alison King

 

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining – New Strategy

GICHD Annex 2014: King Zollinger supported the development of the new GICHD medium-term strategy (2015-2018).

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to eliminate mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards. To achieve this, the GICHD supports national authorities, international organisations and civil society in their efforts to improve the relevance and performance of mine action. Core activities include furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing in-country and international capacity. King Zollinger facilitated two staff retreats in Geneva to advance the development of the new strategy and provided methodological support to the development of the results framework for 2015-2018.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Effectiveness of Mutual Accountability Mechanisms

Brief ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum 2014: Alison King produced a policy brief on the effectiveness of mutual accountability mechanisms for the 2014 ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum

Commissioned by UN-DESA, the policy brief updates a 2010 mapping of the effectiveness of regional and global mutual accountability mechanisms to promote sustainable development results. It reviews the extent to which such mechanisms support mutual accountability at national level and aims to give practical suggestions for a global accountability architecture. The desk review found that mechanisms make visible efforts to close identified knowledge gaps. At the same time, it identifies a range of challenges and recommends the following actions: to undertake a mapping of existing mechanisms with a narrow focus on development cooperation flows; to facilitate more structured and independent research on the nexus of mutual accountability and evidence-based decision making; to make better use of the data revolution and the potential of technology to establish which information is relevant and to effectively share data; and to assess capacity needs and enhance dialogue on effective development cooperation between provider and recipient country parliaments and between CSOs.
Contact: Alison King

 

Elaboration of Swiss Cooperation Strategy Serbia 2014-2017

2013: King Zollinger co-authored the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Serbia, including its Results Framework.

Serbia Strategy 14-17Placing a particular emphasis on vulnerable groups and underdeveloped regions, the four-year Strategy, representing planned annual disbursements of around CHF 19 million, focuses on advancing democratic, efficient and effective governance; enhancing the competitiveness of the Serbian economy; and increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. King Zollinger facilitated the strategic planning process, drafted the strategy document and provided methodological support for results-based management. Contact: Alison King

 

Strategy on South-South Cooperation

2013: Urs Zollinger supported the elaboration of UNIDO’s operational strategy to promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Urs Zollinger supported UNIDO’s new strategy that promotes industrial cooperation among developing countries and countries in transition by moderating internal workshops, providing methodological strategy advice and by outlining and drafting the strategy document. The comprehensive strategy includes analysis, priorities and objectives, overall approach, expected outcomes, an action plan, milestones and performance indicators. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Advisor to the Facilitator of the UN QCPR-Resolution

2012: King Zollinger supported Switzerland’s engagement in the UN General Assembly Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review.

macedonia strategyKing Zollinger supported the Swiss Government’s role as facilitator of the UN General Assembly resolution on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations. The support included advice on content and drafting of the resolution as well as on the negotiation process. The resolution was adopted successfully in January 2013 (A/RES/67/226). Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Elaboration of Swiss Cooperation Strategy Macedonia 2013-2016

2012: King Zollinger co-authored the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Macedonia, including its Results and Monitoring Frameworks

macedonia strategyWithin the overall framework of the Message on Switzerland’s International Cooperation, the Strategy focuses on advancing democratic governance at local and central levels, further adjusting the economic system towards a social market-based economy that creates jobs and growth, with a particular focus on women and youth, and enabling further progress towards meeting international water standards and requirements. King Zollinger facilitated the strategic planning process, drafted the strategy document and provided methodological support for results-based management. Contact: Alison King

 

Advisor UN System Coherence at FAO

2011: Alison King was contracted by the FAO UN Relations and Rome-based Collaboration Branch to provide policy and strategic advice on UN system coherence matters.

From September to December 2011, Alison King was based at FAO Headquarters in Rome. As UN System Coherence Advisor, she provided policy and strategic guidance on developments related to UN reforms and UN system-wide coherence. This, in view of strengthening FAO’s voice in global inter-agency and inter-governmental processes, such as preparations for the 2012 UN General Assembly Quadrennial Policy Review. Contact: Alison King

 

Development of FAO Strategy on Collaboration within the UN System

2010: FAO has contracted Alison King to elaborate a corporate strategy on collaboration within the UN system.

In 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) asked Alison King to draft a strategy to achieve a more proactive and coherent corporate approach to UN system partnerships and UN reforms. In close collaboration with the Office of Corporate Communications and External Relations in Rome, Alison is developing a strategy determined by a vision of strong partnerships that enhance FAO’s capacity to assist its member states achieve their national goals and to help accelerate progress towards the MDGs. An Agenda for Action will facilitate the implementation of the Strategy.

 

Technical Assistance for Delivering as One United Nations (DaO)

2010: Alison King continued to provide technical assistance to SDC’s involvement in DaO

In 2010, Alison King continued to provide support to the Swiss Cooperation Office in Albania in monitoring and engaging in the Delivering as One process. In particular, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation requested Alison to review and document experiences with Swiss involvement in DaO to learn for future institutional engagement with the UN system at country level. This experience documentation fed into Swiss statements at the Hanoi High-level Tripartite Conference on DaO in June. Later on, it served as key input into an SDC internal workshop in Maputo on how to improve cooperation with multilateral organizations. Contact: Alison King

 

Formulation of UN Global Compact Strategy

2010: Urs Zollinger facilitated an internal review of the 2008-2010 UN Global Compact Strategy and the formulation of a follow-up Strategy.

Urs Zollinger was asked by the Global Compact Office in New York to support the review of its three-year strategy (2008-2010), which he had helped develop back in 2007. In close collaboration with the Global Compact team in New York, Urs facilitated the review process and the formulation of the next three-year strategy (2011-2013). He provided methodological guidance on results-oriented approaches and ensured external quality control. The new Strategy was well received by donor governments. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Millennium Development Goals Progress Report of Switzerland

2010: Mandated by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, King Zollinger contributed to concept and drafting of the Swiss Federal Council 2010 MDG Progress Report.

MDG Progress ReportThis second progress report was prepared in preparation for the UN General Assembly Summit on the Millennium Development Goals that took place in New York in September 2010. Intended for the Swiss public at large, Swiss parliamentarians and members of the press, it uses specific examples to show how Switzerland, working with national and international partners, has contributed to the MDGs and what difference the country’s efforts are making. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Managing Financial Contributions to Multilateral Organizations

2010: Urs Zollinger assisted the Swiss Government in rolling out a results-oriented planning and monitoring instrument.

In 2008/2009, Urs Zollinger developed an instrument for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to manage its financial contributions to core (regular) budgets of multilateral organizations in a results-oriented manner. In 2010, Urs supported the development of training materials, such as case studies and Q&A, and participated as resource person in workshops to introduce the new management instrument. SDC staff members are now using the tool to manage financial contributions to all major multilateral partner organizations. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Delivering as One United Nations

2009: The UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) contracted Alison King to develop a standardized Delivering as One process Monitoring & Evaluation framework.

The primary intent of the standardized Delivering as One (DaO) process M&E framework is to guide the eight DaO pilot countries in developing their own country-specific M&E frameworks. The standardised log frame serves as a menu from which to prioritise based on a prior analysis of UN agencies’ common needs and capacities. Summarising the key elements of DaO, it serves to i) communicate the reform process and how the UN will deliver its contribution in future; and ii) allow the UN country team to track progress and adjust the focus of its reform activities. A follow-up assignment includes further elaboration of outcome indicators for measuring increased efficiency and effectiveness through common services and harmonised business practices. Contact: Alison King

 

SDC Annual Work Planning

2009: Urs Zollinger facilitated the 2009 mid-term review and 2010 work planning of the SDC Global Institutions Division.

In 2009, the Division responsible for global institutions within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, asked King Zollinger to facilitate the assessment of activities and results achieved in 2009 and to support planning for 2010. As in earlier years, Urs Zollinger provided methodological guidance to the process and facilitated a mid-term review and a planning workshop.

 

Facilitating a Work Planning Process

2008: Urs Zollinger facilitated the 2008 annual review and 2009 work planning of the SDC Global Institutions Division.

The Division responsible for global institutions within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, asked King Zollinger to facilitate the assessment of activities and results achieved in 2008 and to support planning the implementation for 2009. Urs Zollinger provided methodological guidance to the process and facilitated a mid-term review and a planning workshop. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Designing a Logical Framework Matrix (Logframe)

2008: Urs Zollinger facilitated the development of a logframe matrix for the Government of Switzerland Strategy for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked King Zollinger to facilitate the development of a logframe matrix for implementing the Government’s four-year Strategy for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Urs Zollinger was responsible for introducing the methodology and for facilitating a workshop with participants from different parts of the Federal administration. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Demonstrating Local-level Solidarity with Developing Countries

2008: At the request of the Swiss Government, King Zollinger elaborated a series of good examples of local-level international solidarity.

In 2006/2007, King Zollinger explored the potential for closer involvement of Swiss cantons and towns in the efforts of the Government to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. In 2008, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) asked us to elaborate a series of practical “good examples” illustrating how Swiss municipalities are successfully demonstrating solidarity with developing countries. Examples of international solidarity include social integration of migrants, responsible investment practices of public pension funds, sustainable energy, North-South cooperation on biodiversity, climate neutral mobility, investing 0.7% of communal budgets in support of the MDGs, and sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products. For more information about the examples, visit the ARE website at www.are.admin.ch. Contact: Alison King

 

Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Host Countries

2008: King Zollinger supported the efforts of UNICEF Switzerland to reinforce the inter-governmental debate on the problem of FGM in host countries.

In 2008, the Swiss Committee for UNICEF asked King Zollinger to undertake rapid research into multilateral initiatives to tackle FGM in developed nations hosting migrants and refugees from countries that practice FGM. In particular, we identified those multilateral bodies that have deliberated the question of FGM in host countries. We also proposed potential tracks for reinforcing the inter-governmental debate within the United Nations as part of a larger coordinated strategy to protect girls from FGM. Contact: Alison King

 

Making the case for Multilateral Development Cooperation

2008: In collaboration with UNICEF Switzerland, King Zollinger developed arguments in support of a strong Swiss engagement in international development policy and cooperation.

In 2008, a number of Swiss parliamentarians questioned the level of Swiss Official Development Assistance (ODA) and in particular the percentage of multilateral contributions. In support of a strong Swiss engagement in international development policy and cooperation, King Zollinger, in collaboration with the Swiss Committee for UNICEF, put forward a number of political, legal and moral arguments for increasing Swiss ODA and securing the multilateral share. The discussion paper was presented to members of Parliament during the run-up to a parliamentary debate during the second half of 2008. Subsequently, while Parliament decided to increase ODA to 0.5% of BDP by 2015, the multilateral share was reduced. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Managing Financial Contributions to Multilateral Organisations

2008: Urs Zollinger developed a methodology for SDC to manage – in a results-oriented manner – non-earmarked financial contributions to the regular budgets of multilateral organisations.

Managing for development results also applies to non-earmarked financial contributions made by donor governments to multilateral organisations. From a results-oriented point of view, this type of contribution poses a specific challenge, as it is difficult to attribute development results to the individual contributions. In 2008, Urs Zollinger developed a tool for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to manage non-earmarked financial contributions to core (regular) budgets of multilateral organisations in a results-oriented way. This will help improve the strategic management of Switzerland’s multilateral cooperation as well as enhance Switzerland’s accountability for its multilateral financing. Contact: Urs Zollinger