47359-001: Strengthening the Implementation of the National Development Strategy | Asian Development Bank

Solomon Islands: Strengthening the Implementation of the National Development Strategy

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47359-001 Status: Active

The TA supports the further implementation of the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2010-2020 which is the first long term development strategy adopted by Solomon Islands. The NDS was the product of nationwide consultations and has enjoyed the support of successive government since its adoption in 2010.

The expected impact of the proposed TA is effective policy and strategy implementation.

The expected outcome is improved public expenditure management, planning, and reporting.

The main TA activities are grouped into four outputs as follows:

(i) Implementation of development planning improved.

(ii) Integration of the recurrent and development budgets is improved.

(iii) Multi-year budget projections are strengthened.

(iv) Development partner assistance is better reported and aligned with the NDS.

Project Details

Project Officer
Tozaka, Dalcy Lagoni Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Solomon Islands
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Strengthening the Implementation of the National Development Strategy
Project Number 47359-001
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8761-SOL: Strengthening the Implementation of the National Development Strategy
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
TA 8761-SOL: Strengthening the Implementation of the National Development Strategy (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 120,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The TA supports the further implementation of the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2010-2020 which is the first long term development strategy adopted by Solomon Islands. The NDS was the product of nationwide consultations and has enjoyed the support of successive government since its adoption in 2010.

The expected impact of the proposed TA is effective policy and strategy implementation.

The expected outcome is improved public expenditure management, planning, and reporting.

The main TA activities are grouped into four outputs as follows:

(i) Implementation of development planning improved.

(ii) Integration of the recurrent and development budgets is improved.

(iii) Multi-year budget projections are strengthened.

(iv) Development partner assistance is better reported and aligned with the NDS.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

A key aspect of effective development management is the formulation and implementation of a national development strategy. For Solomon Islands, this is particularly important, because development challenges are daunting, and priorities must be set. ADB previously provided TA for the development of the national development strategy, 2010-2020. ADB followed up this with further TA for NDS implementation which included support for monitoring and evaluation (including an M&E framework), capacity building for planning and line ministry staff, a medium term development plan (MTDP, a rolling 5 year implementation plan for the NDS) and the development of a medium term expenditure framework. On 1st January 2014 the new Public Financial Management Act became effective as a major step in the reform process and to which previous ADB TA had provided inputs.

Despite progress in improving development planning and budget processes, this work remains at an early stage and further assistance is required to maintain the reform momentum. The PFM Act requires further regulation to support the MTDP and its implementation. Coordination between the recurrent and development budgets remains poor as has been noted by the Forum Compact Peer Review Report. Budget processes for the recurrent and development budgets remain largely separate and the recurrent costs of development projects are rarely included in the recurrent budget which affects their sustainability. Multi-year budget estimates are at an early stage and there is limited capacity to produce the medium term expenditure framework and link it to the budget documents. Alignment and reporting of donor assistance within the NDS remains poor. There is a need for more regular, standardized reporting of donor activities and for their compilation into a database so the government has the information it requires to effectively manage its own development agenda.

Impact Improved policy and strategy implementation
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved public expenditure management, planning, and reporting
Progress Toward Outcome The National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2035 was launched by the Prime Minister on 29 April 2016. The NDS launch was widely reported. Following the NDS, new Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) for period 2017-2021 was developed, and assessments on the NDS 2016-2035 performance and implementation of the Development Budget 2016 were completed. The latter is a new monitoring report by Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, and presents development expenditure during 2016, analysed by sector, ministry, and programmes/projects. It is output focused, reporting specifically on programme and project expenditure and output performance, showing linkages to the development priorities and outcomes included in the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2035 and the Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2016-2020.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Regulations giving effect to planning provisions of the new PFM Act developed and implemented

2. Integration of recurrent and development budgets improved

3. Multi-year budget projections strengthened

4. Coordination between aid management, M&E, and development planning in MDPAC improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) ADB approved a minor change on 23 March 2017 to amend Output 1, reflecting the government's request to have the central focus on improving implementation of development planning, rather than developing and implementing new planning regulations. However, there is the Public Financial Management Act of 2013 that became effective as of January 2014, and represents a series of major reforms in Solomon Islands' public financial management, including reforms designed to integrate the recurrent and development budgets, strengthen multi-year budget projections and strengthen the alignment and reporting of donor partners' development assistance. While the NDS and MTDP reflect multi-year planning, approval of the SIG development and recurrent budgets are done on an annual basis. Development and recurrent programmes are multi-year and uncertainty and irregularity in availability of annual funds can seriously impact programmes, potentially reducing benefits and synergies across programmes. The MTDP, therefore, seeks to be a link between multi-year development plans and the annual budget process, helping to strengthen multi-year budget projections in anticipation of the introduction of the medium-term budget framework foreseen in the PFM Act.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Honiara, Solomon Islands
During Project Implementation Honiara, Solomon Islands
Responsible ADB Officer Tozaka, Dalcy Lagoni
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination
Government of Solomon Islands,
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Sep 2014
Fact Finding 31 Aug 2014 to 03 Sep 2014
MRM -
Approval 18 Nov 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2017

TA 8761-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Nov 2014 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2014 28 Feb 2017 30 Jun 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
720,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 720,000.00 18 Nov 2014 627,023.16

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