Strengthening Natl Capacities for Development
What is the Programme about?
This Programme aims at strengthening the current functional and technical capacities of MACs to effectively coordinate and harmonize delivery of GOL/UNDP programme. It supports a mechanism for GoL-Donor, civil society and private sector ¬coordination and strengthens coordination for implementation of the AfT to enable the government to account for development results being attained by the AfT. C4DE also supports strengthening of the overall aid management and coordination and M&E for evidence-based data and reporting etc.
As part of national effort to ensure development effectiveness, the Government of Liberia has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring that the coordination of development assistance is in line with national priories. In addition, the requisite structures with Government have been set up to ensure effective coordination of donor funding by developing a platform for monitoring AID inflows. UNDP works closely with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to ensure policy direction, guidance and technical support to the implementation of this programme, particularly in the areas of strengthening national capacities.
C4DE programmes are designed to strengthen the current functional and technical capacities of Mininistries Agencies and Commissions (MACs) to effectively coordinate and harmonize delivery of GOL/UNDP programme. It also supports a mechanism for GoL-Donor, civil society and private sector coordination; strengthens coordination for implementation of the AfT to enable the government to account for development results being attained; supports the strengthening of the overall aid management and coordination and M&E mechanisms for evidence-based data and reporting; supports the strengthening of Liberia’s capacities to meet commitments under the “New Deal; and supports the newly established MFDP and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) with systems and provision of experts.
Achievements so far
Prior to the setting up of a hand holding center at the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), access to procurement services by public and private users was completely difficult. With the establishment of the Center, users of the facility go through a hand held and walk through process to address any issues or problems being experienced. This has improved the quality of the Commission’s work in the fight against corruption by strengthening budget execution with a key focus on ensuring that the Government gets value for money. It has also strengthen the capacity of Staff to respond appropriately to procurement queries and accelerate processes. Response to procurement queries has accelerated and delivery of services improved.
Support to the PPCC Document Management System has improvred the system.Currently, it is a place where documents are received, logged in and scanned into the electronic document management system. A ticket is created and assigned to a staff and it shows the action of the staff on that document in a transparent manner. If the staff to whom the ticket is assigned doesn’t act in due time, the system generates a reminder for action to be taken on the document in due course. The PPCC says it hopes to extend the system to accept documents from different stakeholders through emails. Prior to this, documents were manually recorded in a book without any form of backup.
A PPCC hotline Call Center that was established provides access to procurement practitioners- both public and private sectors to call the Commission when there are questions and other clarity needed on a procurement process. Those queries can now be speedily addressed without the practitioners visiting the office of the PPCC. The center also affords the PPCC the opportunity to expand its services to areas where the entity is not physically located- (especially in the counties). The Call Center now allows the Commission to receive calls from different offices outside of Monrovia, as far as the South East, for procurement related queries. Prior to the establishment of the call center, procurement officers working in the Counties had to travel to Monrovia to address any procurement related query.
In 2017, Field data collection for the labour market and human rights information for 2016 was completed. When analysed, the results will provide baseline data for the SDGs including employment, unemployment, and persons not in the labour force. It would also assist in policy making regarding employment growth and employment enhancing sectors given the high vulnerable employment and the need to create jobs. Liberia cannot embark on pro-poor policies without reliable labour market information.
PPCC ICT Platform established- A central networking hub was established through support from UNDP. The hub has strengthened local area network and enhanced internal communications as well as capacity for staff to share in internet connectivity at the entity. It has also helped increased process flows and the execution of daily duties.
Print Room Established- The PPCC had been challenged with the printing of training and other materials. Now with the print room, the PPCC’s capacity has been enhanced to print all training and other materials to increase training scope. Some of the training materials on CIPS are produced at the entity. Additionally, the establishment of an e- procurement Platform now stores all documentations for accessibility.
CIPS Training-The PPCC seeks to employ a standardized training approach that would professionalize procurement in Liberia, which forms part of their public financial management reform drive. With support from UNDP, It utilizes the service of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), based in UK to provide different levels (1-4) of procurement training to staff from line Ministries, Agencies and Commissions as well as UNDP. It qualifies public sector procurement practitioners for certificates. 237 staff from Ministries, Agencies and Commission (MACs) comprising of 167 Male and 70 Female representing 71.5% and 29.5% respectively acquired skills in CIPS levels 2, 3 and 4 professional training accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), based in the UK. These CIPS trainings have significantly contributed towards professionalization of public procurement in Liberia.
The Final draft of the Domestic Resource Mobilization Strategy has been developed and is now ready for stakeholders’ validation before publication and rollout. Meanwhile, contents of the strategy are currently informing policies on collecting additional revenue and identifying key tax gaps. Critical infrastructure such as baggage scanners (now installed at the Robert International Airport, a key port of entry) and other measures being taken, help to recoup lost revenues amid the constrained fiscal space of the government.