Planning and financial management is a critical core governance function that provides a system to prioritize development needs, allocate resources efficiently and strategize for the future. To strengthen the planning and financial management systems it is necessary to assess fiduciary and other risks associated with the use of public funds so they may be mitigated.
Virginia Kamonji arrived in Rumbek in July as a UN Volunteer to help the Government in fighting HIV and Tuberculosis. With support through the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), she has been working hard on multiple fronts to raise awareness, reduce stigma and improve access to HIV care and treatment.
“In order to ensure better service delivery, it is crucial to sensitize our people on their rights, responsibilities and limitations in regards to land administration, as well as clarify and interpret the clauses in the Land Act” stated the Honourable Kuot Mawien Kuot, State Minister of Physical Infrastructure for Warrap State.
In a country like South Sudan, facing conflict and an unprecedented economic crisis causing the price of goods to increase at an alarming rate, it is not easy to start a new business, neither to achieve profits nor sustain your life. However, the instability has not stopped Martha Abari Bartholomew from being an entrepreneur.
During her last pregnancy, Alice became ill and visited her local hospital for testing where she found out that she had both HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Her husband had recently died and left her to care for their four young children on her own. While her father took care of the children, Alice received three months of treatment at her local hospital. Today, she is healthier, stronger and energetic.
Investing in the Government’s capacity for planning and financial management, oversight and accountability puts in place a strong foundation for long term statebuilding, and now is even more urgent following austerity measures enacted after the nation’s oil shutdown in January 2012, which accounted for 98 percent of its revenue.
UNDP supports the ten state governments by deploying financial management, planning and revenue specialists in the state ministries to provide coaching and mentoring support to officials for integration of financial management and revenue collection reforms into state government policies to improve service delivery, reduce poverty and create employment.
Although the challenges facing South Sudan may seem daunting, progress has been made in building government capacity, fostering livelihoods, supporting needed health services, giving communities a voice and promoting the rule of law.