Sub-fonds Department of Technical Cooperation for Development (DTCD) (1978-1991) - AG-004-006

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AG-004-006

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Department of Technical Cooperation for Development (DTCD) (1978-1991)

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  • 1961 - 1992 (Creation)

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No. of Boxes: 189

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Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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In 1949, "the Technical Assistance Section of the Division of Economic Stability and Development and the International Centre for Training in Public Administration were transferred from the Department of Economic Affairs to the Technical Assistance Administration (TAA).” (YUN, 1949) "The Technical Assistance Administration is responsible for the programme of technical assistance, which includes the operation and administration of the programmes authorized by General Assembly resolutions on advisory social welfare services, on training in public administration and on the United Nations programme of technical assistance for economic development of under-developed countries. In addition it is responsible for administering the United Nations Expanded Programme for Technical Assistance as approved by resolution of the Economic and Social Council (222(IX)). These programmes include the organization of technical assistance missions, the provision of expert advice, the award of fellowships and scholarships and the organization of demonstration projects, seminars, and training institutes." (YUN, 1950)

TAA was aided by the Technical Assistance Board (TAB), which was under the mandate of the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, later combined into the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For the life of TAA, there were talks about merging it with both the Department of Social Affairs and the Department of Economic Affairs. However, while the two Departments merged in 1955, the Technical Assistance Administration remained a separate entity until 1959. Throughout the period of its existence, the Director-General was Hugh L. Keenleyside.

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The functional description of records in AG-004-006 is based on the retention schedule of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), dated 21 January 2013. The names of the series comprising AG-004-006 were drawn from the function series listed in the retention schedule.
AG-004-006 consists of:
S-0025 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Country Programming and Evaluation Branch
S-0130 Technical Assistance Mission Reports - Statistical Branch
S-0133 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Reports Unit
S-0149 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Section for Latin America
S-0383 Programme Implementation Division
S-0385 Development Advisory Service
S-0387 Programme Service Division
S-0389 Technical Assistance and Administration Service
S-1911 Coordination, partnership: Partnered project planning, Member States
S-1913 Capacity Development: Project files, training and study activities
S-1916 Coordination, partnership: Regional economic commissions, funds and programmes, and specialized agencies

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