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THREE PRIORITY PROJECTS FOR 2016

OBJECTIVE: The objectives of these priority projects are to continue to strive towards developing HR & Infrastructure capacities at DIRD and at subnational levels to improve services delivery in rural areas by ensuring Services Improvement Programs (SIP: PSIP, DSIP, & LLGSIP) and other Government investments coordinated by the Department are effectively monitored for impact development that would better livelihoods of the all citizens. These investments would continue to be the main vehicle to drive the aspirations of Vision 2050 and other development goals of the country.

PROJECT 1: Facilitate and Monitor Services Improvement Program (SIP: PSIP, DSIP, LLGSIP and other Grants) delivery at 22 provinces, 89 districts and 314 LLGs to ensure impact developments. Budget of K 6.126 million under 2016 Budget yet received zero funding with the following components.
a) The PSIP/DSIP/LLGSIP (SIP) – Coordination and Monitoring (SIP-CM) is an ongoing program facilitating SIP implementation at sub-national regions to ensure the 425 administrations rollout impact developments through field patrols estimated to cost minimum of K3.126m in 2016. An ongoing key priority project for DIRD in 2016 to ensure SIP investments attain impact developments.
However, inconsistent funding under this project has been the major concern e.g. K2.5m for 2015 SIP monitoring was released in September therefore provided insufficient time for field patrols to monitor K2,939.4m (2014: K1,547.5m & 2015: 1,391.9m) disbursed to subnational levels. Total SIP funds includes Constitutional Grants (PSG/DSG) appropriated to provinces and districts in the period.
b) Revise SIP Administrative Guidelines (AG) & Financial Instructions (FI) to align directives under NEC Decision 414/2013 with 2016 Budget appropriations.
c) Regional or Provincial workshops early in 2016 is very critical to guide subnational administration officials on new SIP under 2016 Budget strategy and general implementation guidelines awareness especially in light of the implementation of District Development Authority in the districts. The AG & FI will guide SIP implementing agencies adhere to transparency, accountability promoting principles of good governance to procure value for money services.
d) DSIP Mid Term Review planned to commence in early 2015 however lack of funding continues to delay this critical project as from 2007 to 2015 each district was allocated K49m with national total of K4.361 billion (national budgets) over the period into district treasuries.
The need to secure funding (K3.0m) remains critical as the project objective is to review developments and assess the impact of DSIP over the period with recommendations towards enhancing the programme.
e) Enabling Strategy: Requesting minimum funding of K 6.126m to implement the above planned components under Priority Project 1 for 2016 implementation because without such review the Government would not have the opportunity to evaluate actual impacts from the huge SIP investments since 2007 to the present.

PROJECT 2: Capacity Building in Districts & LLGs for effective services delivery: Funding estimated K2.12 million under 2016 Budget however received zero allocation with components as:.
a) Continue implementing District Information Management Systems (DIMS) to ensure reliable planning data exists to guide planning at subnational and national levels where scarce resources can be allocated for impact services delivery on the basis of priority. Continue implementing District Information Management System (DIMS) project by completing surveys in the five (5) remaining districts (majority in Autonomous Region of Bougainville) to cost K0.3m. DIMS data analysis should pave the way for a reliable district profiles for the country.
b) The TA by UNICEF will continue with data processing of the completed 84 districts surveys on cost sharing basis with DIRD meeting accommodation cost (K0.1m) so the TA which will lapse at end June of 2016 with possible extension. A capacity building for DIRD officers and relevant stakeholder agency officials will be part of the TA work plan.
c) World Vision has been engaged and will continue its work on DIMS data validation work in 10 selected districts as pilot study. Initially piloted in four (4) districts (Usino-Bundi, Raicoast, Maprik & Markham) and report completed which will be presented to DIRD & NEFC in February. Remaining six (6) districts (Alotau, Henganofi, Kokopo, Wapenamanda, Southfly & one in ARB) to cost K0.3m. Some DIRD funds held at NRI will fund World Vision for this DIMS data validation pilot study expected to be completed by end of June 2016.
d) Build relevant infrastructure systems to sustain DIMS for it to maintain ease of accessing data required for continuous up-dating of district data.
e) Develop Training Needs Analysis Report for the 54 Districts surveyed ready for launching in early 2015 once DIRD is assigned a Portfolio Minister to cost K0.02m.
f) Implement the TNA findings to up-skill competencies of key role players in SIP implementations in districts & LLGs in collaboration with DDAs, provinces, DPM, and other stakeholders. Donor support to support DIMS-TNA report on districts would be highly sought with initial cost estimate at K0.5m.
g) Continue District Development Expenditure Review (DDER) in collaboration with NEFC, DPLGA, DPM/NEC & UNICEF will resume in early 2016. A donor assistance to sustain this activity may be sought in 2016 estimated at K0.4m after presenting the DIRD/NEFC joint pilot study in first quarter of 2016.
h) Continue International Benchmarking & Best Practices program started in 2009 & plans to involve provinces, districts, LLGs & relevant government agencies for exposure to alternate service delivery programs in countries sharing similar background with PNG at estimated cost of K0.5m.
Enabling Strategy: Requesting K2.12 million in 2016 to fund all the activities under Project 2 to enhance districts and LLGs HR and infrastructure capacities.

PROJECT 3: Integrated Rural Development Policy (IRDP) Formulation endeavours to develop an overarching national policy on rural development to effectively Guide Government Policy through the consolidation of related sectorial policies targeting delivery of services throughout rural areas. Funding estimated K2.103 million however received only K0.05 million under 2016 Budget.
a) The process to formulate the policy commenced in mid 2015 with the engagement a consultancy company to guide the Department in developing the policy.
b) Terms of Reference (TOR) for developing the IRDP was finalized for management & stakeholder input.
c) Policy research & drafting committee in 2014 including segregated office equipped with internet services and direct phone access. The IRDP research team has been creating information for reference to formulating the policy.
d) Four thematic groups established to provide technical input in research and frame the policy under the guidance of the IRDP consultant Department engaged in mid 2015.
e) First draft being circulated in Department to gage management input and consult stakeholders in first quarter 2016.
f) However, Department has capacity issues therefore will initially produce a draft and circulate for wider consultation.
g) A donor funded TA may partner with DIRD to assist in implementing this IRDP project after initial development with current consultant as the policy would require proper national consultation before it is finalized as national rural development policy of the country.
Enabling Strategy: Requesting K2.053 million in 2016 potentially with donor participation as this will be the first of IRDP that will guide rural development through consolidation of all sectorial rural development policies. The Department so has expended K88, 000.00 at this stage to commence the IRDP formulation process.
In summary the Three Priority Projects will have their termination periods.
i) Project 1 will remain a core priority of DIRD from 2016 to 2019 as it relates to SIP
development.
ii) Project 2 terminates in 2017.
iii) Project 3 anticipated to lapse at end of 2016.

Department therefore seeks Ministerial support to secure these project funds because lack of it will hinder their implementation in 2016 despite the policy and capacity building significance.

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