|Progress Toward Outcome
Majority (143, 78%) of the 184 respondents as of January 2015 to the tracer study applied what they learned from the PPP in their work place. They applied the following in their work: (i) knowledge on leadership and development management concepts and tools (109, 59%), in regional cooperation (95, 52%), in sector development (88, 49%) and new perspectives and trends in the public sector (87, 47%); and (ii) skills development in problem solving and analysis (127, 69%), strategic thinking (117, 64%), working in teams (111, 60%) and in leadership (103, 56%). Only 43 (23%) out of 184 had difficulty applying what they learned citing institutional constraints (14), no opportunities in the work place to apply (21) and limited funding as bosses did not support or allow (8).
A series of focus group discussions (FGDs) with alumni as part of the PPP tracer study was conducted in Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Vientiane, Bangkok and Nay Pyitaw from June to July 2013. FGDs were conducted to validate the survey responses and gather additional information on specific examples of applications of their training in the work place. FGDs in each GMS country yielded very positive results. During the FGDs, the PPP alumni provided specific examples of applications of their training in the work place such as design and implementation of national and regional strategies, systems improvement, services delivery, policy formulation and implementation, and project management. Through their involvement in the GMS Program, some of them have initiated efforts to ensure alignments and complementarities of national priorities with the GMS development agenda. They are involved in GMS working groups, GMS projects, and GMS coordination. Many participants responded that the PPP trainings contributed to their professional and personal development (e.g. raise awareness on new issues and topics, new perspectives, change mindsets and attitudes, skills development and application of new analytical tools learned).
|Description of Project Outputs
1. GMS government officials acquire knowledge and develop skills set
2. High quality research on priority GMS development issues accessible to GMS civil servants
3. Knowledge acquisition, dissemination and networking on GMS cooperation improved
4. Improved capacities of GMS institutions for sustainability
5. An effective project management and performance monitoring system
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
As of 13 March 2015, 405 GMS civil servants have attended 18 PPP learning programs organized in partnership with 10 capacity development partners. A GMS Development Dialogue on Social Security for Migrant Labor in the GMS was organized in December 2012 and attended by 90 representatives from government, the academe, private sector, civil society and development partners. The sixth and final issue of the Journal of Greater Mekong Subregion Development Studies was published in October 2014. Six (6) Leaders Networking for Knowledge (LINK) Alumni events, attended by 570 alumni, were organized in Phnom Penh (twice), Vientiane, Nay Pyi Taw and Hanoi to disseminate outputs of the PPP research projects, regional cooperation and integration, energy sector management, cross-border economic zones, and launch the PPP publication. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) in Phnom Penh continues to expand its products and services. It has established knowledge sharing and networking activities with 14 libraries and knowledge centers. The LRC collections in Lao PDR were donated to the National University of Laos where a GMS section was established in July 2014. A performance monitoring and evaluation system has been set up and a PPP tracer study is ongoing with 184 respondents as of January 2015. A series of country consultations was conducted in June 2013 to request guidance from the GMS governments and the PPP capacity development partners on the need for increased country ownership, financial sustainability and improved capacities GMS institutions for sustainability. The PPP Steering Committee was convened on 20 February 2014 to take stock of the program and agree on its remaining activities given resource constraints and the expected completion of PPP activities in March 2015. The Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management: A Retrospective publication which marked more than 10 years of the PPP's achievements in building the capacity
of the GMS civil service and in strengthening networks among government policy makers and planners for deepening economic integration was published in December 2014 and is a main deliverable at the GMS Summit held in Bangkok from 19-20 December 2014. Representatives from 24 GMS education and research institutions participated in a capacity development workshop organized from 9-11 March 2015 in Hanoi. PPP best practices and lessons in training design, development, and evaluation were discussed. The workshop provided a platform for knowledge sharing and networking among GMS institutions.