UNDP holds Implementing Partner review meetingMar 25, 2013
UNDP held an Implementing Partner (IP) Review Meeting on 25th March 2013 at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Over 60 individuals from 20 IPs attended the meeting, which was officially opened by the Director for Debt and Aid Management in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Peter Simbani. Ms. Naomi Kitahara, UNDP Acting Resident Representative gave the keynote address.
The IP Review Meeting is a bi-annual forum in which UNDP Malawi and its project implementing partner organizations review and evaluate the outcomes of the various projects implemented with UNDP-managed funds. It is a stock taking exercise that is used to assess the progress made in project implementation and identify bottlenecks and their relevant solutions as well as a way forward for improved efficiency in delivery processed and ultimate project results.
The review process covered all programmatic and operational work done in the 2012 financial year in all the four UNDP portfolios of democratic governance, capacity development, climate change, disaster management and environment, and MDGs and poverty reduction. Total programme resources that were allocated to projects within this period were 19.3 million United States Dollars.
Speaking at the function, Mr. Simbani acknowledged the meeting as an ideal platform for discussing development issues in the country and finding the best ways to approach them.
Said Mr. Simbani: “The meeting will give us a very good opportunity to discuss the progress on the key development consultation processes such as the Millenium Development Goals Acceleration Framework Action Plan and the post-2015 development agenda.”
He encouraged all participating IPs to take the Project Finance and Implementation component of the meeting seriously since prudent financial management is very important if development results are to be achieved.
Apart from thanking the members for coming for the meeting, Ms. Kitahara reported that since the endorsement of the new UNDP Country Programme Document (2012-2016) last year, 11 new projects have now been approved, Seven of them are at the final stage, one has been refocused and two are still pending.
Alongside these projects, UNDP is also supporting government to develop the Gender Equality Bill; finalise the Legal Environment Assessment report that presents findings on the assessing the legal and environment barriers to prevention of HIV/AIDs in Malawi; as well as implement the Malawi National Exports Strategy (NES) between this year and 2018.
Other important presentations shed light on: the Millennium development Goals Acceleration Framework (MAF) Action Plan; the Post 2015 Development Agenda Consultations in the country; Project finance and implantation issues; an Assessment of 2012 Achievements; and Results-Based Reporting.
These provided critical contextual information for good and substantive discussions on topical issues at a strategic level. The UNDP Annual Report for 2012 which was made available to the participants, further lubricated these discussions.
Some of the issues that clearly came out of the discussions include: the negative effects of politicisation of development in Malawi which usually leads to unnecessary development policy changes and interrupt the continuity of the development initiatives; the absence of councillors which has created weak local government structures; the importance of prioritising good governance, accountability and the respect of human rights in the country in the post 2015 development agenda; the crosscutting nature of gender among the 4 MDGs in which we are lagging behind as a country, and the inevitable need to focus on the girl child as an approach that would have multiplier effect in improving the situation.