Eight Goals for 2015
UNDP's role & MDGs in South Africa
South Africa is committed to fulfilling its constitutional obligations to deliver socio-economic rights within the context of its national plan of action, Vision 2014, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In South Africa, one of the indicators of progress towards the achievement of the MDGs is the effective and equitable delivery of public services.
While significant achievements have already been made in areas such as access to basic water supply, improvement in service delivery remains a priority. Since 1994 South Africa has set out to rigorously dismantle the apartheid system and to create a democratic society based on the principles of equity, non-racialism and non-sexism. To achieve these objectives the Government of South Africa has pledged to promote equality and eradicate poverty (MDGs 1 and 3). The 1994 Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) defined the procedure, and its guidelines have informed all governmental policies post-1994. Through the RDP, a commitment was made to meet basic needs; invest in the economy; democratize the State and society, develop human resources, and build a new South Africa.
To move the MAF process in South Africa forward, the focus of the MAF process will now be in three of the poorest provinces in the country- Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces have the highest levels of maternal mortality in South Africa. Already, there are about 25 UN volunteer doctors in Limpopo province and UNCT has good working relationship with the Offices of Premier and the Departments of Health in the three provinces. The national consultancy report will possibly be used as part of background material in the MAF preparation. The documents preferred by DOH will be used as the basis for the bottlenecks analysis in the selected provinces. The MAF rollout in the selected provinces will be linked closely with the on-going work of relevant UN agencies such as WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNWOMEN as well as the forthcoming TB, HIV and Maternal Health Review of the Health Sector, which is led by the National Department of Health (NDOH).