MFDP, Development Partners Hold SOPM Validation Workshop

first_imgA 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)last_img read more

Santa Clarita getting 2 new fire stations

first_imgA report given to the Santa Clarita City Council last year said population growth in the valley was outpacing the construction of new fire stations. After the report, officials created a joint city and Fire Department task force to address the problem. Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin, who sits on the task force, said the city’s involvement sped up the construction of the two fire stations. “Working together jointly on this issue has certainly benefited the construction and future construction of fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley,” he said. The ongoing construction of Fire Station 132 at 29310 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country, the one that is opening May 1, is being managed by the city. The county will build the other fire station at 24525 Copper Hill Drive in Saugus. Two development companies have helped provide the space for the two temporary fire stations, Dyer said. The county also receives fees from developers to defray the cost of building fire stations. At the temporary stations, firefighters are housed in double-wide mobile homes and the fire engine is housed in a metal building. By 2010, permanent stations should be built to replace the two temporary ones, and an additional four stations will be built by then, Dyer said. (661) 257-5253 SANTA CLARITA – The Fire Department is building two new temporary fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley to serve the area’s growing population. The valley now has 10 Los Angeles County fire stations and a regular staff of 53 firefighters. The two fire stations the county is building will each have four firefighters per shift, augmenting the number of firefighters in an area that has demanded quicker response times. One of the stations is expected to open May 1. The other station, which the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to build, should open on June 1. “It will improve response times to the area and also improve what we call the weight of the attack,” said Michael Dyer, chief deputy of business operations for the county Fire Department. “There will be more fire engines out there to respond to a big, large incident.” last_img read more

Justice Ministry and NIA Enter New Phase of Partnership

first_img “We shall be supporting the implementation of the Child Diversion Act to include training of police officers and other agents in the justice system,” said the NIA’s Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe. The Ministry of Justice and National Integrity Action (NIA) has entered a new phase of collaboration. The Ministry of Justice and National Integrity Action (NIA) has entered a new phase of collaboration.“We shall be supporting the implementation of the Child Diversion Act to include training of police officers and other agents in the justice system,” said the NIA’s Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe.He said that the NIA will also continue its drive for legislative reforms to strengthen the justice system framework.He was speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road headquarters on Friday (Feb.15).Professor Munroe noted that the NIA will continue to support the sensitisation of Justices of the Peace (JP) and will facilitate a series of island-wide two-day training seminars to strengthen the capacity of JPs to properly administer justice through legislation and alternative dispute resolution.He said that over 1000 JPs will be targeted.The NIA will be integrating restorative justice practices in its integrity clubs, which are being implemented in schools across the island in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.“We shall be expecting to produce awareness-building communication products, commercial advertisements so that the public becomes more aware of new developments particularly in the area of alternative dispute resolution,” Professor Monroe noted further.The NIA Executive Director said that the mandate of the entity, since its launch in December 2011 remains to combat corruption in all its forms, to strengthen integrity at all levels and to enhance good governance in all sectors particularly in the areas of transparency and accountability.“Fundamental to the advancement of this mission is the justice sector and therefore, part of our responsibility has been and remains to assist in making that sector more efficient and equitable in the service of the Jamaican people,” he noted.“We are excited by this new phase of our longstanding partnership and our expectation is that the collaboration will contribute to greater levels of integrity in the justice system,” Professor Monroe said. Story Highlights He said that the NIA will also continue its drive for legislative reforms to strengthen the justice system framework.last_img read more