A three-day aid policies and standard operational procedures manual (SOPM) validation workshop, organized by the Aid Management and Coordination Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, with support from United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was climaxed on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Kakata, Margibi County.The event brought stakeholders together, among them were development partners, representatives of local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who discussed issues within the aid management and coordination sector.Specifically, the validation process was in line with the ‘manual’ and will serve as a guide for all actors within the aid management and coordination sector, including the NGOs, specifying their respective roles and responsibilities in the management and coordination of external assistance.It streamlined processes and procedures to reduce ambiguities and over-complications in the business process by simplifying the aid cycle and the NGO accreditation process.It also enhanced the MFDP’s (AMCU/NGOCU) ability in providing effective and efficient leadership, coordination and management of aid in support of Liberia’s development goals of the Poor-pro Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), as well as reduce administrative bottlenecks for development partners.Mrs. Alice E. Williams, director for Aid Management and Coordination Unit, said the exercise helped reduced delay in the planning and implementation of development activities by increasing information flow, while at the same time, reduced government, NGO and development partners tax processing time.She said the process increased alignment of development partners and NGO’s activities to government development priorities through robust donor (development assistance) coordination by outlining procedures toward, sustaining development.At the end of the exercise, participants were able to contribute towards adapting the practical steps and procedures as outlined in the SOPM.“This will be the giants step towards making transparent, the mobilization and coordination of external assistance,’. says Mrs. Williams, noting that the SOPM is aligned with the PAPD, because it commits external assistance to the country’s system.“There is a direct link to development priorities channelled through various national budget sectors, she added.According to Mrs. Williams, the national development priorities are identified based on the practical steps and procedures, included in the SOPM. These are supported by development partners based on national budget sectors via country systems.Representatives from the local and international NGOs called on MFDP to set up a standardized template, and to give line ministries a set of procedures for sectoral clearance, proof of participation in county level coordination meeting, and annual audited financial statement for expenditure in Liberia.It can be recalled that between September 26-29, 2018, the MFDP, development partners/donors, project managers, international NGOs and their local counterparts conducted the final validation workshop of the Liberia National Aid and NGO policy in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.The rationale was for the government to derive its development objectives, and to achieve its Pro- poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, (PAPD), and for the formulation of the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) manual, which is vital and paramount in ensuring effective and efficient delivery and coordination of Official Development Assistance (ODA).The SOP clearly articulates and guides Liberia’s engagement with development partners providing assistance to the country in a more organized and comprehensive way that guided all other actors in the aid architecture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Man United striker James Wilson 1 Manchester United are in the League Cup second round draw for the first time in nearly 20 years tonight.The last time United played in this stage of the competition was the 1995/96 season. Back then York City upset David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and co. by winning 3-0 at Old Trafford and 4-3 over two legs.Last season the club failed to qualify for Champions League or the Europa League when they finished seventh, so find themselves in the Capital One hat along with unseeded lower league opposition and other Premier League clubs not competing in Europe as well as the top 12 Football League Clubs still in the competition. Teams they could face include Oxford United, Port Vale and Rotherham.Defending champions and rivals Man City will enter the draw in the next round with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and Hull.However, a cup run could be just the platform James Wilson, Will Keane, Wilfried Zaha and other promising youngsters need to play their way into first team contention, as manager Louis van Gaal’s team challenge on all fronts. Keane and Zaha have featured in pre-season, but are being linked with loan moves away, while last season James Wilson burst onto the scene with two goals on his first team debut.The Capital One Cup draw will be made after the match between Cardiff and Coventry.Seeded teams and draw Numbers1. AFC Bournemouth2. Aston Villa3. Bolton Wanderers4. Brighton & Hove Albion5. Burnley6. Crystal Palace7. Derby County8. Fulham9. Leeds United10. Leicester City11. Manchester United12. Middlesbrough13. Newcastle United14. Norwich City15. Nottingham Forest16. Queens Park Rangers17. Reading18. Southampton19. Stoke City20. Sunderland21. Swansea City22. Watford23. West Bromwich Albion24. West Ham United25. Cardiff City or Sheffield Wednesday**If Cardiff City win, Sheffield Wednesday will be added to the UNSEEDED list.Unseeded teamsBirmingham CityBradford CityBrentfordBurton AlbionCharlton AthleticCrawley TownCrewe AlexandraDoncaster RoversGillinghamHuddersfield TownLeyton OrientMillwallMilton Keynes DonsNorthampton TownOxford UnitedPort ValePortsmouthPreston North EndRotherham UnitedScunthorpe UnitedShrewsbury TownSwindon TownWalsallSheffield United / Mansfield TownSheffield Wednesday or Coventry City**** If Coventry City beat Cardiff City, Sheffield Wednesday are added to the SEEDED list.
“Absolutely devastated to have picked up this injury at such a crucial time in the season,” tweeted Oxlade-Chamberlain.“Gutted I won’t be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England.”Liverpool’s win was marred by the news that supporter Sean Cox, 53, was left fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury in an assault by Roma fans before kick-off.Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking Cox, who had travelled from Ireland along with his brother for the match.Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent a scan on Wednesday that revealed ligament damage, although the club are not putting an exact timeframe on how long he is likely to be out for.“I’m going to give everything I have to make sure I’m back as quickly as possible,” added the 24-year-old.“However, all this pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night’s game must be feeling.“My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”Oxlade-Chamberlain has been denied appearances at international tournaments by knee injuries in the past, missing Euro 2016 having failed to play at the 2014 World Cup after suffering an injury in a warm-up match.“The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England,” Liverpool said in a statement on their website.Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) picks up an injury tackling Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov at Anfield © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFOxlade-Chamberlain has seen a stuttering career revitalised under Jurgen Klopp since moving to Liverpool last summer and his injury is a major blow to England boss Gareth Southgate.The former Arsenal man scored a stunning goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 quarter-final, first-leg Champions League win over Manchester City and was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the World Cup, which starts in Russia on June 15.Klopp’s men looked certain for the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 when doubles from the outstanding Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino either side of Sadio Mane’s strike saw the hosts race into a 5-0 lead.However, late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti allied to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury soured Klopp’s mood.“The biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury to Ox,” said Klopp following his side’s win at Anfield, anticipating that his player had been badly hurt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is treated on the pitch during the Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said on Wednesday he was “devastated” to be ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, but that it “pales in comparison” to the attack on a Liverpool fan before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Roma.Oxlade-Chamberlain was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the 5-2 semi-final first-leg victory over Roma.