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Savannakhet, UNICEF Strengthen Sub-national Planning, Coordination, Monitoring

(KPL) With the aim of strengthening sub-national planning, coordination, monitoring and budgeting for better results for children, a workshop was organized on Friday in Savannakhet province by the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Savannakhet Provincial Department of Planning and Cooperation with support from UNICEF Lao PDR.

During the meeting, participants from provincial authorities and related line departments discussed the concept of the provincial planning for children and the situation of children in the province based on the Lao Social-Indicator Survey (LSISII) and the Multi-Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA), and discussed and agreed on implementation modalities including work plan, planning and coordination mechanisms, key performance indicators and M&E, and results-based budgeting to link with the current Provincial Socio-Economic Development Plan (PSEDP).

Savannakhet Vice Governor Thonekeo Phouthakaiyarat highlighted that sub-national planning, coordination, monitoring and budgeting are crucial as they contribute to better monitor Official Development Aid (ODA) and delivering better results for children: ODA reached 161,19 billion kip in 2018; while in 2019 it is expected to reach over 229 billion kip.

Savannakhet is the second province to launch this initiative. This workshop will help to build consensus on the approach needed to work together on this and improve the lives of children across the country, and will also play role in contributing to achieve graduation from LDC status by 2024 said Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative, while adding: The experience from Savannakhet and Attapeu provinces will contribute to the preparation of the 9th NSEDP to focus on integrated planning and budgeting at national and sub-national level.

The sub-national planning, coordination, monitoring and budgeting process will continue in other priority provinces, including Phongsaly, Bokeo, Houaphan, Xieng Khouang and Saravan provinces under the leadership of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Source: Lao News Agency