Fiji, Palau, Samoa, and Tonga remain in the High Human Development category of the latest Human Development Index (HDI) and are joined by the Republic of Marshall Islands which is included in the index for the first time. At the other end of the spectrum, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are rated as Low Human Development on the HDI’s measurement of national achievements in health, education and income, released this month by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Port Moresby, August 10, 2016 – UN is pleased to join development partners and Government representatives in Jiwaka Province for a Development Forum next week.
The 2-day forum, organized by Jiwaka Provincial Government, is an opportunity to share challenges faced by the province in its development and discuss opportunities for improvements.
Jiwaka Province, one of the new provinces in Papua New Guinea faces challenges in providing for the development needs of its people, including access to health services, education, and infrastructure. Despite these challenges the province, its people and Government have shown strong leadership in driving community-led projects to accelerate its development.
August 5, 2016
Koror, Palau: The Government of Palau and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a milestone agreement today, in order to strengthen the capacity of local legislators and governance systems at local state levels in Palau.
The signed Government Co-Financing Agreement will see the Government of Palau invest US$450,000 toward financing the Palau Local Governance Strengthening Project. The Project has an implementation timeframe of three years and UNDP is contributing a further US$100,000 towards this initiative.
Palau’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Elbuchel Sadang said, “We are pleased to work with UNDP on this important project to support state governments’ in their efforts to operate effective, accountable and transparent state administrations. This project will help strengthen the management of public funds in these states and ensure these states effectively deliver services to their communities.”
Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41 %
Port Moresby, June 21, 2016 – Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41% within the last 3 months, since PNG’s Department of Finance introduced a new monitoring and evaluation tool. Before the introduction, only 9 districts out 89 submitted reports on time, now the number increased to 37 districts.
The progress is significant to the Department of Finance, which faces serious backlogs in receiving financial reports from 600 government accounts it manages, with some districts delaying reports for over 50 months.
To improve its financial reporting and control functions, Department of Finance with UNDP support launched new management system that aims to boost efficiency, transparency and accountability.