By ALISON ANIS
THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in PNG is embarking on a needs assessment and costing exercise with the Department of National Planning and Rural Development.
This is to ensure good governance and accountability prevailed in the allocation of financial resources to meet education and health indicators targeted under the millennium development goals over the next five to 10 years.
The costing exercise, using an accounting and auditing software, is being taught to 30 Papua New Guinean participants by experts from Unesco in Bangkok and UNDP in New York.
Resident coordinator of the UN system in PNG and resident rep of UNDP David McLachlan-Karr announced this last week saying the exercise would help determine the cost of meeting education and health and how government could plan properly in meeting these development goals.
“UN is taking on corruption and is partnering with key government departments to help strengthen budget and financial processes in districts.
“This ensures that financial resources are spent wisely and planning is done properly to meet the development goals and targets,” McLachlan-Karr said.