Project ID: 00071498
Project Name: Developing Institutional Capacity for Budget planning, monitoring and evaluation
Corporate thematic area: Poverty Reduction
Status: Ongoing
Start date: Jun 2009
Expected end date: Mar 2012
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Project document (or reference to relevant CPAPs/AWPs): awp2011, awp 2010, awp 2009
Major source of funding  
Total budget: USD 250,000
UNDP: USD 250,000 
Total spent in 2011 USD 78,000
Total spent to date (up to Dec 2011): USD 230,000
Partners on the ground  
National Executing Agency/Implementing Partner and National Project Director: Ministry of Finance
(or) UN Executing Agency/Implementing Partner and Chief Technical Advisor:  
(or) Implementing NGO and its Project Manager:  
UNDP Program Officer  
Name: Mr. Trevor Benn
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Outcome and Outputs  
UNDAF Outcome(s):

Outcome #3: Poverty reduced to 28% through stimulation of growth and job creation


Expected CPAP Outcome(s):

PRS/PRSP prepared through substantive participatory process to ensure clear linkages with human development and the MDGs


Expected CPAP Output(s):

a) Strengthened capacity to collect, analyze and disseminate key economic and social data

b) Support completion of MDGRs, PRSRs, and the new PRSP

Additional Information  
Announcement, press release etc. none



Brief Description


The main objectives of this project are to:

1) build capacity for enhanced programme-based budget planning, monitoring and
evaluation; and

2) support evidence-based policy making through building capacities for the collection and analysis of disaggregated data and monitoring of social expenditures.


In filling key data and analytical gaps it is also expected that the budgetary process will benefit from more specific aligned expenditure and policy targeting. Tracking achievements of the PRS and the MDGs are therefore central to this process as the data collected will help in the monitoring and evaluation of human development too.

Within UNDP, this project is a natural follow-on to two projects:

(I) the DISSC (Development of Institutional Social Statistics Capacities) Project which has developed tools (PETRs), training materials, and advisory support services to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of statistics and M&E Systems, and

(2) the MDGs Support Project, which is expected to track progress of the MDGs, developed partnerships and assessment tools, and offer advisory support services for national counterpart in MDGs monitoring, reporting, and awareness.


These existing projects have provided the base from which this project will build; leveraging existing international best practice, tools, approaches, and skills to focus more directly on support to national counterparts in capacity development strategies and solutions for budgeting planning and monitoring, social expenditure analysis and the complementary M&E Systems and statistics. In fact, the Ministry of Finance is benefiting from MCA support through USAID Guyana office with the establishment of an economic policy analysis unit geared to assess macro performance and trends.

Additionally, support is envisaged from the IADB for the institutionalization of monitoring and evaluation which diagnose needs, sets benchmarks, establish manuals, strengthening regional bodies, inform stakeholders, inter alia. UNDP support complements these initiatives in targeting, very specifically, the MoF as a coordinating body, and agency responsible for budgetary planning, performance assessment, among other key functions.



"The Guyana Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report 2011 is a key monitoring instrument to access various socio-economic policies.  The overall aim of the Report is to track and analyse the country's progress towards the achievement of the MDGs, but on a wider level, it serves as a report on national efforts to reduce poverty.  The findings of the Report are expected to influence Government processes, decision-making and resource mobilization and allocation efforts.  Furthermore, the key findings as a means to both enlighten and heighten development discussions among all national stakeholders, including Guyana development partners."


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“The advantage of economic growth is not that wealth increases happiness, but that it increases the range of human choice.”1 These words were written in 1955 by Arthur Lewis, a Caribbean scholar and Nobel laureate in economics who made an important contribution to the development debate and development policy in the Caribbean and elsewhere. It is a profoundly people-centred approach to economic growth that prefigured the later debates on human development.


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