Support to Economic Planning in Southern Sudan

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Location: All ten states in Southern Sudan
Duration: January 2007- 31 Dec2012
Focus area: Achieving the MDGs and Reducing Human Poverty
Contributions(USD): DFID: 730,366
The Netherlands: 576,681
Norway: 545,302
UNDP: 830,000
Partners: Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning, Government of Southern Sudan,
Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation
Delivery(USD): 2010: 1,556,480
2009: 2,143,728
2008: 1,219,000
2007: 731,000
Contact person in UNDP: Mandisa Mashologu, Team Leader, Poverty and MDGs Unit
In order for the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) to use its resources effectively to meet the objectives set out in the transitional legal framework, a strong planning and budget framework must be in place to guide resource allocations and expenditures in a transparent manner. This will ensure policies and programmes are in line with Government priorities and, more broadly, the needs of the people of Southern Sudan. To this end, in collaboration with GoSS, UNDP initiated the Support to Economic Planning Project in 2007.

The project is being implemented under three interdependent and mutually reinforcing components:

(1) Improved planning and monitoring of Government Budget Allocations and Expenditure: Providing institutional and technical support to ensure that budget allocations and expenditures are better aligned with development priorities. This includes providing advisory support for planning and budgeting to MoFEP and State Ministries of Finance (ten states in all) and supporting enhanced public finance management, allocation and monitoring on inter-governmental transfers, and annual planning. The Project has also been instrumental in establishing Budget Sector Working Groups, which contribute to the annual planning and budgeting process.

(2) Improved capacity for collection and dissemination of statistical information and poverty monitoring: Providing institutional and technical support to Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics & Evaluation (SSCCSE) to produce, use and monitor socio-economic statistics so that all planning, programming and budgeting activities are evidence-based. The project has supported the production of the Southern Sudan Household Budget Survey; the Poverty Assessment Report; and the Statistical Yearbook.

(3) Improved coordination and management of donor support: Enhancing institutional capacity and providing technical support so that all UN and donor projects and programmes are formulated, implemented, and reported in line with Government development priorities and development needs. This includes the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Appraisal Committee, which reviews and approves all donor supported initiatives, and the establishment of a Government/Donor Forum that meets on a quarterly basis.

In the process of implementing the project, UNDP identified an urgent and important need to build capacity for planning, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring at both state and county level. For this reason, the project is being extended through a Rapid Capacity Placement Initiative which intends to utilize good practice and replicate the institutional and technical support provided at the GoSS level, to all of Southern Sudan’s ten states. This will provide skilled public service personnel to state Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning.

Snapshots of the project's major achievements

• Established a Government-wide planning mechanism through the implementation of ten GoSS Budget Sector Working Groups.
• Provided specialist training for the drafting of 3-year Budget Sector Plans.
• Developed the GoSS Aid Strategy for donor coordination.
• Established the quarterly Donor Forum.
• Instituted systematic donor project appraisal mechanisms.
• Initiated GoSS expenditure priorities.
• Shifting the focus from annual sector budgeting to a three-year planning and budgeting cycle to facilitate mid-to-long-term economic planning.
• Developing the Budget Call Circular and using it to compile the draft 2010 Budget Book.
• Developing a more equitable formula for inter-governmental fiscal transfers.
• Securing an agreement on actions to improve and harmonize non-oil revenue collection.
• Producing the first draft of the GoSS Growth Strategy.
• Supporting the finalization of the Southern Sudan Household Budget Survey.
• Supporting the production and dissemination of the first Southern Sudan Statistical Yearbook.
• Providing organizational development and recruitment of staff for the Directorate of Economic Planning.
• Procuring an Aid Information Management System and training of MoFEP and Ministry of Regional Cooperation staff.
• Establishing and supporting more effective Monitoring and Evaluation of Government and Donor Funded Projects

In 2010 the project continued to build on previous years’ achievements by:
• Supporting and facilitating the high level Southern Sudan Consultations on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding; engagement in the OECD-led International Dialogue in Peacebuilding and State Building and the G7+ meetings; and by contributing extensively to the ground breaking work that resulted in the “GoSS Core Priority Governance Functions: An Action Plan for Rapidly Building Capacity.”
• Providing advisory support in enhancing statistical data and information on poverty.
• Launching of the “Poverty in Southern Sudan: Estimates from the 2009 National Household Baseline Survey.”
• Supporting the development of the Southern Sudan component of the Sudan 2010 MDG Report.
• Supporting the dialogue process between the three levels of Government (GoSS, state and county) regarding annual budgeting and planning.
• Supporting a decentralized approach to planning for the 2011 budget process through a GoSS, state and county workshop.
• Supporting the training, analysis, drafting and finalization of the Budget Sector Plans.
• Supporting the implementation of the Aid Information Management System (AIMS) whereby the Aid Management Platform (AMP) was set up in the second quarter of 2010 and relevant GoSS staff trained on the system. This system will continue to enhance aid coordination and management with timely data and information of existing donor funded programmes in Southern Sudan.
• Continuing support to the GoSS/Donor Forums held on a quarterly basis, as well as continued support to the Inter-Ministerial Appraisal Committee.
• Providing in-house and on-the-job training for staff from the Statistics Centre (SSCCSE). This included technical advisory support and training on best practices for data collection, analysis and dissemination.
• Supporting the development of the Second Statistical Yearbook (launched in March quarter of 2011).

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