Partnership Framework for Development 2016-2020


Partnership Framework for Development (PFD), agreed between the Government of Turkmenistan (GoT) and the United Nations, is a strategic programme framework for development that will guide the work of the Government and UN until the end of 2020. It signifies a move away from donor – recipient relations toward a partnership with an Upper Middle Income country that aspires to continue with two-digit economic growth rates that are obtained using sustainable development approaches and that can contribute to healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of Turkmenistan.

The eight key results expected from this partnership, called outcomes, (listed below) were identified jointly by the GoT, the UN, and civil society partners. They are aligned with the priorities established in the National Programme of Turkmenistan on Socio-Economic Development for the period 2011-2030 and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [1]

The outcomes make best use of the expertise and resources of the UN agencies to support the achievement of development results. These are focused on strengthening systems for quality data and progress monitoring, delivering quality social services, improving environmental management, advancing equitable economic growth, and strengthening accountability. Strategies for each outcome share a common focus on reaching vulnerable groups and assisting Turkmenistan to meet its human rights obligations.

The outcomes are grouped in five strategic areas as follows:

  • Quality data and progress monitoring
  • Quality, inclusive social services
  • Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Employment, economic diversification, and trade
  • Governance and rule of law

The outcomes are as follows:

Outcome 1. Quality data, aligned with international standards, are available to policy makers, legislators, and the interested public to monitor the major goals of National Programmes, the post-2015 SDGs, and PFD and to formulate new national strategies and programmes.

Outcome 2. Pre-school, primary and secondary education services are of higher quality, in line with international standards, and with priority given to inclusive education.

Outcome 3. The social protection system is ready to provide inclusive quality community-based support services.

Outcome 4. The people of Turkmenistan, especially vulnerable groups, enjoy better coverage of quality health care services focusing on women and child health, nutrition, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), TB and Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB), early detection and early prevention of diseases.

Outcome 5. The national policy, legislative and institutional frameworks are aligned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote sustainable practices on energy efficiency, the use of renewables, urban development and waste management.

Outcome 6. The national policy, legislative and institutional frameworks are responsive to climate change issues by promoting climate resilience, adaptation, climate risk management and disaster risk reduction measures at sector and community level.

Outcome 7. Strategies and simplified regulations are in place to promote high quality inclusive employment through sustainable economic diversification.

Outcome 8. State institutions implement and monitor laws, national programmes, and strategies in a participatory manner and in line with the country’s human rights commitments

This framework reinforces the strong partnership between the Government of Turkmenistan and the UN agencies. The expected outcomes, indicators for measuring progress, and strategies serve as a mutual accountability framework that also describe how the Government of Turkmenistan and the UN agencies will deliver development results, including high leveljointly-owned steering and coordination arrangements, joint resource mobilization, and effective progress monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.