Support to Implementation of Paris Declaration

What is the project about?

As Albania strives for its integration into European Union, it has invested over the past years to strengthen its ability to make strategic plans, coordinate its resource mobilization and delivery efforts across Government institutions. The creation of an Integrated Planning System (IPS) with the previous assistance of UNDP, establishment and strengthening of Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination in the Council of Ministers as a prime focal point to run the IPS, adoption of the National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI) and sector strategies, development of sector-wide coordination by the lead Government institutions all constitute recent key milestones of Albania’s effort towards more effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of its development process. 

The donor community has reciprocated this effort through Donor Technical Secretariat (DTS), which helps the Government to have streamlined communication with the donor community. The DTS is a collective initiative of the development and integration partners in Albania. As their secretariat and interlocutor the DTS has served to facilitate information exchange between those partners and the Government and supports the latter to assume fuller ownership of external assistance co-ordination roles with the aim of improving aid harmonisation and impact.

For Albania, the Paris Declaration for Aid Effectiveness provides natural objectives as the country has pursued to strengthen its strategic planning and resources management capacity.  All efforts made by the Government and donors such as those stated above have contributed Albania to steadily progress with the implementation of the Paris Declaration. 

It is important therefore to help further strengthen the ability of DSDC for it to more effectively support the Integrated Planning System (IPS) and monitor the National Strategy for Development and Integration, (NSDI), and at the same time to ensure that donors remain able to provide coordinated assistance in support of this effort.  In this context, DSDC has requested UNDP to provide support that complements other donors’ efforts in strengthening the implementation of NSDI.  As such this programme has provided DSDC and DTS the necessary support to maintain and enhance the effectiveness of its day-to-day work, and bring necessary technical assistance that needs to complement the assistance of other donors provided in support of NSDI monitoring and implementation.

Furthermore, the Government – at its November 2008 high-level Government-Donors Round Table - requested DSDC and DTS to identify jointly concrete steps that would help Albania to make further progresses in the implementation of the Paris Declaration.  As a result of their consultations, DSDC and DTS identified the need for and the opportunity to promote the use of national procurement system by the donors, by means of assessing the current national procurement capacity and identifying areas that require further capacity development.  OECD methodology was presented by the UN’s Procurement Capacity Development Centre (based in Copenhagen), and consensus in the Government and donor community emerged to fully implement this assessment with UNDP’s assistance.

This programme consists of the following three components:

  • Direct support to DSDC and DTS

The programme assists DSDC and DTS in their effort to enhance Government leadership in donor coordination; promote efficient and transparent operation of sector coordination and NSDI; maintain flow of information within and between the donors and DSDC; and support the DTS work.

  • Support to DSDC and selected line ministries to strengthen the policy coordination and monitoring for NSDI implementation

An effective implementation of NSDI requires appropriate policy coordination and monitoring system. This requirement is being addressed through: (i) NSDI implementation and monitoring (ii) institutionalization of the IPS within a legal framework.

As fora for government-donor interaction, Sector Working Groups (SWGs) play a greater role during the NSDI implementation and monitoring process.

Further operationalization or in some cases vitalization of SWG's is crucial over the coming years. Their scope and role in policy co-ordination and monitoring of sector strategies, MTBP and external assistance will be strengthened. They should also be utilized to discuss potential joint programming between Government and donors where the future needs of the Government institutions could be identified and agreed. In particular, their scope in policy co-ordination should also be developed in order to monitor issues relating to the numerous sector strategies. Increased Government leadership in SWGs can facilitate their greater use in order to promote more effective long-term planning.

  • Assessment of national procurement system based on OECD methodology

In the course of joint DTS-DSDC work, this priority was identified to better OECD/DAC surveys and its indicators by both donors and GoA officials; this helps to better understand weaknesses and opportunities.

In close consultation with key national institutions (particularly Public Procurement Agency) and other donors (EC, World Bank, USAID, Austrian Development Cooperation), an assessment of national procurement system was undertaken by the UN Procurement Capacity Development Centre based in Copenhagen, utilizing the methodology developed within OECD/DAC framework. The assessment took stock of the current baseline procurement capacity as a basis of monitoring its development, and identified specific areas that require continuous assistance in strengthening the national procurement system. 

The assessment looked into legislative and regulatory framework, institutional framework and management capacity, procurement operations and market practice, and aspects related to integrity and transparency of the procurement system. In doing so, it identified Baseline Indicators (BLIs) to capture the snapshot of current status for all these aspects, and also identified Compliance and Performance Indicators (CPIs) to enable to measure progress made.

The success of this activity was determined not only by the quality of the assessment itself but also by the level of donors buy-in with the outcome of the assessment.  It was important that the donors embraced the outcome of the assessment so that they will increasingly utilize the national procurement system as the national procurement system is strengthened over time. As such, a number of advocacy and consultative meetings were carried out, including an advisory body in which key donors and national institutions participated on regular basis. 

What have we accomplished so far?

The main achievements so far have contributed to improve the strategic planning and its implementation at national level, and also establish the baselines, targets and indicators for monitoring the implementation of Paris Declaration.

  • NSDI 2007-2013 was formulated and implemented applying advanced standards of strategic planning
  • NSDI 2013-2020 has been formulated and will be approved in the coming months
  • Joint SWGs are able to monitor issues relating to numerous sector strategies
  • Public procurement institutions are able to address in mid and long term their real weaknesses identified through a joint and participatory process

Who finances it?



Year

Donor

Amount contributed 

2009

ONE UN Coherence Fund

$ 33,388

2010

ONE UN Coherence Fund

  $ 209,160

2011

ONE UN Coherence Fund

$ 57,590

2012

ONE UN Coherence Fund

  $ 106,606

2013

ONE UN Coherence Fund

$ 63,251

Delivery

Year Total delivery
2009 $ 33,388
2010  $ 209,160
2011 $ 57,590
2012  $ 106,606
2013 $ 63,251
Project Overview
Status
Active
Duration
October 2009 - December 2013
Geographic coverage
Tirana (Central institutions)
MDG
9
Programme Officer
Arben Rama
Partners
Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination in the Council of Ministers, Line Ministries
Related documents
Project document