Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction and Good Governance
- Reference: P-SD-KA0-001
- Approval date: 07/03/2007
- Start date: 13/03/2008
- Appraisal Date: 05/08/2006
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN
- Location: NATIONWIDE
The grant will be used to support a capacity building project, which will include the following three components:
"I. Support to the preparation of the Poverty Eradication Strategy Paper (PESP)
"II. Strengthening of the human and institutional capacity of GoSS
"III. Project Management
The project objective is to strengthen the capacity of key national institutions in North and South to implement macro-economic reforms and good governance practices for poverty eradication in Sudan.
The project seeks to address the capacity shortfalls in the area of policy analysis, management, computer-based operations, data collection and generation in the framework of poverty reduction. This situation is mainly due to the large-scale loss of qualified personnel in most government and non-government institutions in the country. In Sudan, there is no institution handl ing policy planning at central level. Neither the Ministry of Finance who is supposed to play this role nor the Ministry of Social Planning (MSP) whose main responsibility is planning in the soci al sectors in collaboration with other Ministries and States,are in a position to do so. In terms of data collection, the Central Bureau of Statistics is constrained by high turnover of staff, lack of adequate equipment and lack of funding. Line ministries are also involved in data collection but they are all constrained by lack of human capacities, lack of funding and lack of connection to other ministries and the CBS. There exist several structures that are specifically or on an ad hoc basis working in data collection, studies and research on poverty. Some NGOs and donors also intervene in this field. The Sudanese Council for Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) is the co-ordinating body for NGOs and associations providing various services to its members such as training, information sharing, awareness on various issues.
In the framework of on-going discussions with the Bretton Woods Institutions on a possible debt relief for the country, the GOS has initiated the process of preparation of the PRSP. An institutional framework has been established comprising of a Higher Council (HC) assisted by a Steering Committee (SC) and a Poverty Co-ordination Unit (PCU) for poverty alleviation. The document to be produced is an Interim PSRP (I-PRSP). The PCU acts as the secretariat to the Steering Committee. It shall supervise the development of the strategy for poverty alleviation, collaborate with other government agencies, NGOs and pri vate organisations to draw out standards related to poverty reduction, mobilise processes regarding the execution of the strategy for all ministries. The PCU which is the focal point for the preparation of the PRSP, and which is also selected to be the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), lacks capacity to design, monitor and co-ordinate the process.
The SC has already produced a first draft of the Interim-PRSP. However, its quality is far from the standards required by the international donor community. Surveys and studies designed to collect and analyse poverty data are badly needed in the context of quasi-absence of reliable recent poverty data. In order to increase the impact of the project with the limited resources available, the project will leave out the large scope studies and surveys for other donors. However, provision will be made in the project for short-term studies to collate and to analyse existing poverty data. The participatory process of preparing the I-PRSP needs to be reinforced and more comprehensive work at the States and community levels has to be done. ..
The benefits of the project are as follows:
(i) the Poverty Reduction Co-ordination Unit (PRCU) will be enabled to competently co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the actions of the government and non-government institutions involved in the poverty reduction activities;
(ii) the capacities of key institutions, including the civil society, responsible for data, analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty programmes and projects are strengthened; and
(iii) more reliable and up to date data is available on poverty in Sudan through undertaking of a poverty and an employment surveys; and three studies on the SMEs, microfinance and the assessment of the impact of NGOs and safety net programs on poverty reduction. Consequently, the process of preparation of the PRSP is facilitated and its quality is improved.
GONDWE Edward - OSGE2