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Towards Reinforcing Dialogue between Donors and Government: The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi. Paper presented at the FASDEV Meeting in Cape Town January 17, 2012 by Charles Machinjili. OUTLINE. Introduction

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Towards Reinforcing Dialogue between Donors and Government: The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

Paper presented at the FASDEV Meeting in Cape Town January 17, 2012

by Charles Machinjili


Outline
OUTLINE The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

  • Introduction

  • The NSS Framework

  • The NSS Steering Committee

  • The Role of the Donor Group on Statistics

  • Assessment of Current Arrangements

  • Way Forward


Introduction
Introduction The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

  • In 2003 PARIS21 facilitated a meeting of all stakeholders in Malawi on Monitoring and Evaluation of the first PRSP. The NSS Strategic Plan was conceived at that meeting as a tool for providing the data for M&E of the PRSP and later the Malawi Growth & Development Strategy (MGDS).

  • NSS Strategic Plan came into being end 2007 and runs from 2008 to 2012. Covers relevant line Ministries in addition to NSO. Sectoral budget plans incorporated in the NSS Strategic Plan.

  • NSS Strategic Plan is used for mobilizing resources within the entire NSS.


The nss framework
The NSS Framework The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

  • Composition: Comprises the NSO as the Central Agency and eight core line ministries identified in 2007.

  • NSS National Coordinator: At the NSO there is an NSS Section headed by a National Coordinator.

  • Statistical Units: Within each of the line Ministries there is a Statistical Unit in the Planning Department.

  • Sectoral Work Plans and Budgets: The Planning Departments prepare Sectoral budgets for the work plan of the Statistical Units

  • Consolidated NSS Work Plan and Budget: The Sectoral work plans and budget are consolidated into one comprehensive NSS Work Plan and Budget.


The nss steering committee
The NSS Steering Committee The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

  • Composition: Comprises the eight line Ministries, the Lead Donor and the NSO Commissioner as the Chair. In addition the Ministry of Finance and that of Development Planning are also members of the Committee.

  • Mandate: Approves NSS Work Plan and assesses its implementation.

  • Frequency of Meetings: Meets quarterly.


The role of the donor group on statistics
The Role of the Donor Group on Statistics The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

  • Lead Donor: Norway is the lead donor. Coordinates all other donors and represents them at the NSS Steering Committee Meetings.

  • Donor Coordination Meetings: The National Coordinator, in collaboration with the Lead Donor, call for quarterly Donor Coordination Meetings.

  • The meetings assess progress on currently funded activities and identify resources for those activities not yet funded.


Assessment of the approach
Assessment of the Approach The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

Use of a Common Approach

  • NSS is promoting the use of a common approach in its dealings with the donor group

  • Donors using a unified approach in their dealings with NSS

    Availability of Information

  • The same information is available to the Donor Group at the same time. Each donor is able to gauge the level of their support within the overall NSS Budget

    Rationalisation of Activities

  • Better rationalisation of support in terms of quality and coordination of the support


Way forward
Way Forward The Coordination Group for Statistics in Malawi

  • Discussions underway towards creating a Pool Fund


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