Caption: Peer Review Team with staff from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) during consultations for the Solomon Islands Peer Review.?Standing L-R: Aaron Pita, Chief Planning Officer Social Sector Division,?MDPAC; Allan?Daonga, Under Secretary,?MDPAC; Oscar?Malielegaoi, Assistant CEO Budget Division, Samoa Ministry of Finance; David Smith, Deputy Head and Senior Economist,?UNESCAP; Susan?Sulu, Director Aid Coordination Division,MDPAC; Samuel?Wara, Chief Planning Officer Aid Coordination Division,?MDPAC; Alexander?O’Riordan,PIFS?Peer Review Consultant; Portia?Domonatani, Forum Compact Research Assistant,?PIFS; EvanWasuka,?PIFS?Communications Consultant.?Sitting L-R:?Lyn?Legua, Director Budget and Planning Division,?MDPAC; Collin?Tavi, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination, Vanuatu Prime Minister’s Office; Ruby?Zarriga, Former Deputy Secretary,?PNG?Department of National Planning and Monitoring;Charmina?Saili, Regional Planning Adviser,?PIFS.
Honiara, Solomon Islands, 10 September 2013:? A peer review of Solomon Islands? processes and systems of development planning, budgeting, public financial management and aid management is in progress in Honiara.
?The review is an important opportunity to share information and to learn about other experiences from the region,? says Allan?Daonga, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Solomon Islands. ?It is of particular interest to us to review these processes as we transition from post-conflict recovery to development.?
The Solomon Islands is the?11th?Forum island country to volunteer to be part of the Peer Review process under the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination (Forum Compact).
Selected by the Solomon Islands Government, the Peer Review Team includes Ruby?Zarriga, Former Deputy Secretary of the Papua New Guinea Department of National Planning and Aid Management, Oscar?Malielegaoi, Assistant CEO, Samoa Ministry of Finance; Collin?Tavi, Manager M&E Unit, Vanuatu Office of the Prime Minister and David Smith, Deputy Head, Pacific Operations Centre, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The team is assisted by a support team from the Forum Secretariat.
Over the weekend, the team will be meeting with representatives of government departments, non-government?organisations, the private sector and development partners and will visit the provinces ofMalaita?and?Choiseul.
?The peer review is a conversation that we will have with stakeholders to find out what the good practices as well as challenges in Solomon Islands are that the region can learn from,? says Ruby?Zarriga, Peer Review Team Leader. ?We would also discuss the remaining challenges and how we as Pacificneighbours?can share some possible solutions from our own respective countries.?
A report will be produced and released after approval by the Government of Solomon Islands including recommendations for the Government and its development partners at the end of the consultations.
The review will conclude on 20 September, 2013.