UGBS Development Finance students were hosted on United Nations Development Programme held on the 4th of February 2016 at the United Nations Quarters in Accra.
Mr. Louis Kuuken, Assistant Country Director for Programmes noted that the UNDP is aligned to both the national and global areas through sustainable human development, productivity and employment. He further noted that some of the UNDP’s flagships milestones can be associated with the digital conflict map, nine regional councils playing various roles to support the constitutional review process and the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
Mr. Kuuken delivering his presentation.
He added that as a united body, the UNDP’s mission ‘‘is to promote sustainable human development with a mandate to empower lives and build resilient nation’’. UNDP is associated with three clusters of programme. First, governance in the area of representation, participation and election support. This is where platforms for people to understand the need to participate and get represented in local and national issues are created. Participants are trained on transparency and accountability for development to empower lives for nation building. The second cluster has to do with inclusive growth, which is based on promoting evidence based planning. This is usually before tackling and implementing an issue. The final cluster is sustainable development. This works in six semantic areas; fire diversity and natural resource development, sustainable energy, disaster risk reduction, chemicals, green economic and litigation as well as adaptation.
Mr. Bosman Owusu, a Communication Analyst with UN, emphasized that sustainable development goals aim at ‘‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation and the integrity of the resources available’’. According to Mr. Bosman, sustainable development goals evolved as a result of the lapses of the millemium development goals.
In a second presentation by Mr. Louis Kuuken on monitoring and evaluation, he explained that Monitoring and Evaluation ‘‘is a process that provides us with a feedback to enable us make the right decisions’’. He added that the term ‘‘Evaluation’ is a regular, systematic collection, analysis of data and information’’. He concluded on the factors that drives the need for result base planning of monitoring and evaluation. This includes high cost of accountability to achieve greater results, the need to demonstrate high quality results and make informed choices.
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