Nepal MDGs Needs Assessment training
The National Planning Commission with technical and financial support from UNDP Strengthening, Planning and Monitoring Capacity Project organised a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Needs Assessment Training for Government officials from 22-27 November.
Altogether, close to 100 Government officials were trained on various MDGs costing tools. The objective of the training was to build the capacity of the thematic task force members to use the tools for assessment and costing of the goals. The information and the analysis from this exercise will feed into the next National Development Plan to make it more inclusive and MDGs responsive.
The training was inaugurated by Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission and attended by the task force members, representatives of various Ministries and UN agencies.
The National Planning Commission has formed ten thematic groups in the following sectors:
1. Agriculture and food security
5. Income poverty, Employment and Social Protection
6. Governance and Capacity Development
7. Water and Sanitation
9. Environment and Climate Change
Each thematic group constitutes of 10 -13 representatives of relevant Ministries headed by the chief of planning division of the lead Ministries. Using the tools, the thematic groups will do the sectoral assessment and come up with resource requirements and key interventions in the respective sector.
Strengthening Planning and Monitoring Capacity of National Planning Commission is a three-year project (October 2009 - Sept 2012) to support the National Planning Commission, to make the national plans, current planning and monitoring processes, tools and system inclusive and in line with the MDGs.
It will also support in making the national level data collection and analysis more responsive towards gender and social inclusion. Most importantly the project will assist in developing the institutional capacity of the National Planning Commission, Central Bureau of Statistics and select Ministries to plan, monitor, and institutionalize inclusive processes and formats.