Evaluation of the Process of Compiling National MDG Reports in Pacific Island Countries

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2012, Fiji
Evaluation Type:
Others
Planned End Date:
09/2009
Completion Date:
09/2009
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title Evaluation of the Process of Compiling National MDG Reports in Pacific Island Countries
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2012, Fiji
Evaluation Type: Others
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2009
Planned End Date: 09/2009
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: FIJI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Substantive Perspective: The Evaluation suggests four key elements from a substantive perspective for future work that may require technical assistance or external support for MDG monitoring and reporting in the nine countries reviewed: (i) Measurement and Monitoring; (ii) Gender mainstreaming; (iii) Mainstreaming MDG report within National Strategic Development Plan, Budgeting and Monitoring and (iv) Institutional.
2 Immediate to short term activities include the need to revamp MDG task forces, need for early advocacy and orientation work prior to reporting, immediate data update to fill gaps detected during first round of reporting; some advance analysis and consultancy support for reporting by countries.
3 Medium to long term support activities that develop self-sustaining capacity in implementation, monitoring and future reporting of MDG are needed. These include (i) the issues relating to meaningful mainstreaming of MDG reports; (ii) improvement of the data analysis and management system (statistical system); (iii) improvement in the information management system that ensures a regular flow of data from the sources to the planning levels; (iv) qualitative assessment of hardship; (v) results (MDG oriented) based monitoring and evaluation system; (vi) MDG costing and budgeting; and (vii) gender based planning and development etc.
4 Official endorsement of the MDG report: As formal endorsement of MDG report is an important step towards MDG ownership in a country, it is desirable that the countries that are yet to endorse their reports do so as soon as possible, preferably at a level that will ensure its co-option into the governments? planning and monitoring frameworks permanently.
5 Creating planning mechanisms that are inclusive and participatory: It is important that the necessary institutional arrangements that allow multi-agency and multi-sectoral participation in the planning process are established/strengthened and oriented to MDG.
6 Creating demand for quality data from within: This is key to MDG based planning and can be achieved by encouraging the governments to lean more and more towards evidence based planning
7 Data harmonization: Urgent efforts are required to standardize statistics at the national level and in this regard, the national planning and/or statistical organization of the government must take lead. SPC support from the donors and relevant UN agencies may provide the necessary technical assistance to the central statistical organizations to develop capacity in data harmonization, standardization and quality control.
8 Strengthen capacity of the MDG Secretariats: Steps should be taken to strengthen the analytical, logistics and coordination capacity of the MDG secretariats, if necessary with support from UNDP.
9 The Governments must especially pay attention to its absorptive capacity. The Evaluation proposes two approaches to capacity building in PICS: (i) comprehensive in-country capacity building, especially in statistics, in those countries that are more resourceful and possesses relatively better and stronger absorptive capacity; and (ii) for the smaller countries that possesses relatively less capacity, selective and limited capacity building with provision of supplementation of gaps by a regional facility such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
10 It is evident that building sustainable MDG measurement and monitoring capacities in the Pacific will require a multi-faceted and a multi-year approach, indicating the need for a multi-year strategic plan and support. Donors including the UN agencies need to be aware of this reality
11 The UN Country Team as a whole ? and more specifically UNIFEM and UNICEF/UNFPA should continue building statistical capacities in Goals 3, 4 and 5 of MDG respectively. With regard to Goal 3, UNFPA can particularly assist the countries to develop analytical skills to use gender data for reproductive health planning and monitoring. UNICEF?s DevInfo is also a powerful tool for MDG based planning and monitoring. Care should be taken, before engaging the countries to adopt this tool, to ensure that it does not duplicate an existing arrangement and most importantly, assess that the countries have enough resources to absorb and sustain this new technology.
12 Further capacity building of the institution of CDMs should be given due attention and in the event UNDP takes on the task of the proposed matrix management of all MDG capacity building initiatives in PICs, CDMs will be required to play an important role and therefore further capacity building is crucial.
13 In view of UNDP?s comparative advantage the Evaluation recommends that it should focus more on assisting the processes that firstly contribute to preparation of good quality reports in the second round, and also support initiatives that link MDG indicators to on-going planning and monitoring initiatives of the governments.
14 UNDP?s comparative advantage is less on statistics and statistical analysis and more on advocacy, information management, participatory methods, results based monitoring and evaluation, inter-agency coordination, MDG costing and budgeting, etc. Recommend that UNDP consider the following specific capacity building initiatives in the immediate to short term: (i) revamping MDG task forces; (ii) advocacy; (iii) immediate data update; (iv) advance analysis; (v) consultancy support to countries in MDG reporting including collection and analysis of data.
15 In the medium to long term UNDP may (i) pilot test the proposed Community Household Information Management System (CHIS); (ii) qualitative assessment of poverty/hardship; (iii) MDG oriented results based monitoring and evaluation; (iv) advocacy for evidenced based planning; (v) facilitating best practices information exchange; (vi) coordination of all MDG related capacity building initiatives.
16 The aspect of good governance in the implementation of MDG may also be given due attention. UNDP may consider encouraging countries to include a separate section on governance in their next MDG report. The countries should include in this section the governance trends (political rights, civil liberties, citizen engagement in public decisions, etc.) and to the extent possible, link these with issues of equity, protection of women and children against violence, corruption control and service delivery, etc.
1. Recommendation: Substantive Perspective: The Evaluation suggests four key elements from a substantive perspective for future work that may require technical assistance or external support for MDG monitoring and reporting in the nine countries reviewed: (i) Measurement and Monitoring; (ii) Gender mainstreaming; (iii) Mainstreaming MDG report within National Strategic Development Plan, Budgeting and Monitoring and (iv) Institutional.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. All four elements outlined as part of the substantive framework are essential in taking MDG monitoring and reporting to the next level, in the nine countries reviewed. Mainstreaming MDG report within National Strategic Development Plan, Budgeting and Monitoring with strong linkages to sectoral plans and medium to annual (budgets) resource allocations is in essence the core of existing UNDP and UN (UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF) MDG Initiatives in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, FSM, RMI, Palau, Tonga and Solomon Islands. The evaluation identifies policy research, analysis and policy development relevant to MDG as a key capacity gap. For UNDP, opportunities to provide further assistance in this area can be explored in existing MDG initiatives as well as part of a joint UN effort. While, the UN/UNDP can advocate and make suggestions regarding such assistance, the decision to seek assistance remains a country decision. The joint UN effort by UNESCAP, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA to review Nauru?s NSDS is a recent example of the UN?s readiness and responsiveness to such needs at the request of a country. While recommendations around institutional aspects are largely accepted, mainstreaming MDG task forces within the national planning committees/sub committees or existing government mechanisms needs to occur without reinforcing bad practices in existing structures that have contributed to the slow progress in MDGs in the first place. Including civil society, private sector and women representation that are truly representative of a wider cross section of the country and not just the views of a few already existing within these structures is one way of avoiding such problems from occurring. Stakeholders during the validation of the draft report raised the issue of whether MDG reporting or Pacific Plan reporting should be more important for PICS. At a national level, areas of commonality between the two would is deemed to be where national attention are necessary.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
All four elements of recommendation 1.0 are considered in second round of reporting for Fiji; Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Tonga.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit in conjunction with UNFPA/UNICEF/UNESCAP 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated Fiji ? April-Sept 2009 to Feb 2010. (Completed) Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Tonga: Jan-Dec 2010
Deeper gender analysis and gender mainstreaming to be part of TOR for Consultants engaged to assist the nine countries in MDG reporting assignments and included as a key deliverable for all outputs in all future MDG initiatives.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit in conjunction with UN Country Team 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated
Increasingly use existing national mechanisms for MDG related work and broader programme work with wider representation of the community in all ten countries we work with.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Programme Team 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated Used existing national mechanisms for Fiji validation and MDG consultations.
Increase utility of the MDG Evaluation Report in the Pacific by sharing the final Report with development partners in the Pacific and wide cross section of the Pacific community.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit 2009/12 Completed
In Vanuatu, all sectors involved in MDG Costing training to undertake training in gender analysis and costing for MDG 3.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit and Vanuatu PPM 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
Identify/develop a formal mechanism to share best practices identified from the MDG Evaluation as per the Report. Some possible mechanisms include: UNDP pacific mdg practice network, poverty reduction network, capacity building network, Pacific development partners
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit 2010/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
2. Recommendation: Immediate to short term activities include the need to revamp MDG task forces, need for early advocacy and orientation work prior to reporting, immediate data update to fill gaps detected during first round of reporting; some advance analysis and consultancy support for reporting by countries.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. While recognizing immediate data update to fill gaps detected during first round of reporting is necessary, national surveys such as HIES, and Census which are necessary for MDG Reporting are not conducted at a frequency that permit this. UNDP already includes short term activities in existing MDG initiatives as reflected in the following key actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revamp MDG task force or some higher level existing national mechanism and early advocacy and orientation.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated Fiji: April?June 2009; (completed) Vanuatu: February-Dec 2009; Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Tonga: Jan-Dec 2010
Provide technical assistance through short term consultancy to Fiji, Vanuatu Tuvalu
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated Fiji: Sept 09-Feb 2010; Vanuatu: Jan-June 2010; Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Tonga: Jan-Dec 2010
3. Recommendation: Medium to long term support activities that develop self-sustaining capacity in implementation, monitoring and future reporting of MDG are needed. These include (i) the issues relating to meaningful mainstreaming of MDG reports; (ii) improvement of the data analysis and management system (statistical system); (iii) improvement in the information management system that ensures a regular flow of data from the sources to the planning levels; (iv) qualitative assessment of hardship; (v) results (MDG oriented) based monitoring and evaluation system; (vi) MDG costing and budgeting; and (vii) gender based planning and development etc.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendations accepted. Recommendation partly reflects that of Recommendation 1.0. Support activities relating to (i)-(v) are already considered in existing MDG projects in Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, FSM, RMI, Palau and Tonga. In addition to these, (vi) is also a key activity in the UN MDG initiative in Vanuatu.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Increasingly advocate and promote gender based planning and development in all UNDP programmes and include in all project deliverables and M&E framework.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated
Explore potential partnerships with USP to partner in improving data analysis, survey methodologies where MDG gaps exist, and in undertaking qualitative analysis/assessment of hardship/poverty.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Initiated
Capacity building in statistics in Palau as part of the UNDAF Joint Programme for Palau to focus not only on MDG related data but as part of the socio-economic research and evidence-based policy making.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
Palau CDM, UNDP /UNCIEF/UNFPA Fiji 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
4. Recommendation: Official endorsement of the MDG report: As formal endorsement of MDG report is an important step towards MDG ownership in a country, it is desirable that the countries that are yet to endorse their reports do so as soon as possible, preferably at a level that will ensure its co-option into the governments? planning and monitoring frameworks permanently.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted, however there needs to be some flexibility on whether official endorsement occurs at national planning level (or its equivalent agency), Cabinet or Parliament. Decision should rest with each country. What is most important is that the MDG Report is owned by the country and answers policy questions and development issues for the Government, for sectors, and for the people so that it is a relevant tool that is referred to and used in policy implementation and allocation of resources in the national budgetary process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As part of MDG initiatives, UN Country Team to build capacity of MDG focal points and Government Officials tasked with the responsibility of managing the official endorsement process as well as dialogue around and in the lead up to actual submission for endorsement.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Team 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
5. Recommendation: Creating planning mechanisms that are inclusive and participatory: It is important that the necessary institutional arrangements that allow multi-agency and multi-sectoral participation in the planning process are established/strengthened and oriented to MDG.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Increase women representation, CSO and private sector membership of MDG Task Forces or existing national mechanism by at least 10% in Countries where gender imbalance in first round of reporting.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
Include extent of inclusiveness and participatory levels as M&E indicators in M&E framework of programmes not only in MDG area but also governance and environment projects and to be monitored on quarterly basis, where relevant.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
6. Recommendation: Creating demand for quality data from within: This is key to MDG based planning and can be achieved by encouraging the governments to lean more and more towards evidence based planning
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. UNDP technical assistance with MDG initiatives in Fiji and Vanuatu to improve central storage of data for stronger analysis that will inform policy interventions. As part of undertaking second round of reporting in Fiji, revamping of the FijiInfo ? a DevInfo based information management database to centrally store MDG related data, has commenced.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to actively advocate, encourage, and share benefits of evidence-based policies & planning to increase evidence based planning and the need for timely and quality data.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Team 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
UN/UNDP to assist Fiji in revamping FijiInfo with full set of MDG related data populated in the tool and relevant Government of Fiji officials trained on data and information administration and use of data to analyse trends and inform MDG and broader development policies through the effective use of the tool
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Team 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
7. Recommendation: Data harmonization: Urgent efforts are required to standardize statistics at the national level and in this regard, the national planning and/or statistical organization of the government must take lead. SPC support from the donors and relevant UN agencies may provide the necessary technical assistance to the central statistical organizations to develop capacity in data harmonization, standardization and quality control.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. This is currently being undertaken in Fiji as part of second round of reporting, in Vanuatu as part of assessing MDG related data gaps and centrally storing all MDG related data to improve collection, measurement, storage, and analysis. Regional role of SPC with support at national level for small countries with limited statistical capacity was considered as part of the regional MDG workshop convened by UNDP, UNESCAP, ADB and other development partners in Nadi in February 2009 as well as the statistical benchmarking study. However, because the MDG Report in some countries is a deliverable or responsibility of the National Planning Office, a lot of time, discussions and complementary action by Statisticians is not always forthcoming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP/UNESCAP/UNICEF/UNFPA to work with major development partners in the Pacific with comparative advantage in statistics (PFTAC, ADB, SPC, ABS & NZBS) with data harmonization especially MDG related data.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit and UNDAF Outcome Group 1 2011/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
UN to work with PIFS and other development partners to improve MDG monitoring and reporting at a regional level through the implementation of the Cairns Compact
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP/UNESCAP/UNICEF/UNFPA Fiji 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
8. Recommendation: Strengthen capacity of the MDG Secretariats: Steps should be taken to strengthen the analytical, logistics and coordination capacity of the MDG secretariats, if necessary with support from UNDP.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. This already forms part of UN/UNDP MDG initiatives. In Vanuatu, MDG task forces at two levels (senior and operational level) went through policy and operational MDG Costing training as well as data coordination and its importance for evidence-based policy formulation and planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP as part of project inception, to take all national MDG task forces through an orientation program at the beginning of the second round of reporting in Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Tonga.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
9. Recommendation: The Governments must especially pay attention to its absorptive capacity. The Evaluation proposes two approaches to capacity building in PICS: (i) comprehensive in-country capacity building, especially in statistics, in those countries that are more resourceful and possesses relatively better and stronger absorptive capacity; and (ii) for the smaller countries that possesses relatively less capacity, selective and limited capacity building with provision of supplementation of gaps by a regional facility such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation is accepted and related discussions are already part of existing UNDP work.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UN to hold further discussions with SPC on how this might work for smaller countries like Tuvalu, FSM, RMI, Tonga and Solomon Islands. Also take into consideration the ?Strengthening Statistical Services through Regional Approaches: A Benchmark Study and Way Forward?.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
UN to consult other development partners for support to ensure assistance is sustainable over the medium-long term.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP/UNESCAP/UNFPA/UNICEF/SPC/PIFS 2010/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
10. Recommendation: It is evident that building sustainable MDG measurement and monitoring capacities in the Pacific will require a multi-faceted and a multi-year approach, indicating the need for a multi-year strategic plan and support. Donors including the UN agencies need to be aware of this reality
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. A multi-year strategic plan and support that ties in with countries? medium term national development plans using the MDG Report as a policy tool can be the basis upon which a multi-year MDG measurement and monitoring capacity building plan is developed. Undertaking this initiative at a sub-regional or regional level allows consideration to be made on needs that are relevant to more than one country and therefore regional support would be more feasible where there are commonalities, and where needs are specific to a certain country support at country level would be more appropriate. However, this multi-year capacity building plan needs to be developed in line with national human resource management plans for relevant organizations and institutions for increased sustainability.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As part of the process of second round of reporting and existing MDG initiatives, develop national 3year rolling Learning & Development Plan around MDG monitoring and reporting related capacity building needs for Fiji and Vanuatu as pilot countries.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/04 Overdue-Not Initiated
Develop the same as in 4.2.1, for four more countries (Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, FSM and Tuvalu)
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
Develop the same as in 4.2.1, for four more countries (Palau, RMI, Kiribati and Nauru)
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/08 Overdue-Not Initiated
Combine all L&D Plans and identify L&D needs that are best served at national level and those at regional level.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/10 Overdue-Not Initiated
11. Recommendation: The UN Country Team as a whole ? and more specifically UNIFEM and UNICEF/UNFPA should continue building statistical capacities in Goals 3, 4 and 5 of MDG respectively. With regard to Goal 3, UNFPA can particularly assist the countries to develop analytical skills to use gender data for reproductive health planning and monitoring. UNICEF?s DevInfo is also a powerful tool for MDG based planning and monitoring. Care should be taken, before engaging the countries to adopt this tool, to ensure that it does not duplicate an existing arrangement and most importantly, assess that the countries have enough resources to absorb and sustain this new technology.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted and is already considered in existing UN MDG initiatives such as the Vanuatu and Palau MDG initiatives.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
DevInfo Training for Vanuatu M&E Unit, statisticians, and planners.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
DevInfo Training for Fiji statisticians and planners
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Fiji Poverty Unit 2010/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
12. Recommendation: Further capacity building of the institution of CDMs should be given due attention and in the event UNDP takes on the task of the proposed matrix management of all MDG capacity building initiatives in PICs, CDMs will be required to play an important role and therefore further capacity building is crucial.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted. UNDP has included CDM in Vanuatu in all MDG related training including MDG Costing Tool under the Vanuatu MDG Initiative.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CDMs to be included in all technical training under MDG Projects in their countries and regional UN MDG workshops
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDAF Outcome Group 1/UNDP Fiji ARR Programme. 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
CDMs as members of the MDG Task Force as in the case of RMI to be encouraged by the UN system but decision to remain that of the country.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDAF Outcome Group 1/ UNDP Fiji ARR Programme. 2010/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
13. Recommendation: In view of UNDP?s comparative advantage the Evaluation recommends that it should focus more on assisting the processes that firstly contribute to preparation of good quality reports in the second round, and also support initiatives that link MDG indicators to on-going planning and monitoring initiatives of the governments.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation noted. Key action(s) are the same as those listed under Recommendation 1.0.

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation: UNDP?s comparative advantage is less on statistics and statistical analysis and more on advocacy, information management, participatory methods, results based monitoring and evaluation, inter-agency coordination, MDG costing and budgeting, etc. Recommend that UNDP consider the following specific capacity building initiatives in the immediate to short term: (i) revamping MDG task forces; (ii) advocacy; (iii) immediate data update; (iv) advance analysis; (v) consultancy support to countries in MDG reporting including collection and analysis of data.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation noted. Recommendation is the same as Recommendation 2.1. No additional action required a UNDP is already addressing this in existing MDG Initiatives.

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation: In the medium to long term UNDP may (i) pilot test the proposed Community Household Information Management System (CHIS); (ii) qualitative assessment of poverty/hardship; (iii) MDG oriented results based monitoring and evaluation; (iv) advocacy for evidenced based planning; (v) facilitating best practices information exchange; (vi) coordination of all MDG related capacity building initiatives.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation with regards to (ii) ? (vi) accepted. Recommendation with regards to (i) is not accepted as the Report has not adequately analysed the pros and cons of CHIS and its suitability for small Pacific island countries with very small population size. As it is within Government departments, capacity is weak and data collection and analysis are not the usual work of community based organsations or members, implying wider capacity gaps that will require greater statistical capacity building.

Key Actions:

16. Recommendation: The aspect of good governance in the implementation of MDG may also be given due attention. UNDP may consider encouraging countries to include a separate section on governance in their next MDG report. The countries should include in this section the governance trends (political rights, civil liberties, citizen engagement in public decisions, etc.) and to the extent possible, link these with issues of equity, protection of women and children against violence, corruption control and service delivery, etc.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/24]

Recommendation accepted and UNDP is already encouraging Fiji, Vanuatu and FSM to include such a section in MDG Reports being currently produced.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Second MDG report for Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and FSM to include section on Good Governance.
[Added: 2010/01/27]
UNDP Poverty Team 2010/10 Overdue-Not Initiated

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