Local Governance and Public Expenditure Management in East Sudan
About the project
East Sudan is one of the most deprived areas of the country. With some of Sudan’s highest malnutrition rates and widespread poverty, the challenges are immense. Underlying the challenges this region faces, are fragile systems of governance. A lack of planning and budgeting, poor distribution of limited resources, and weak legal and policy frameworks have all contributed to the underdevelopment of East Sudan and to a sense of injustice and marginalisation.
This marginalization resulted for more than a decade in a low level insurgency that acerbated the fragile governance in this area. In 2006, a peace agreement between the rebels and the government, however, has created opportunities for strengthening governance systems, and distributing resources more fairly, opening the way to put the region onto a path of sustainable development.
Since the peace agreement was signed UNDP has worked with the government at state and local level, to help it work better. UNDP is working with the government, as well as civil society, at state and local level, to train staff in essential finance and auditing skills, as well as procurement and planning. Better, planning and careful budgeting are helping those in government have a clearer, longer term vision for the future.
Achievements to date
UNDP has supported extensive training to more than 1200 state government employees from finance, accounting and auditing departments and members of civil society organisations. In addition, study tours of Dubai and Malaysia have taken place so finance specialists can learn how their equivalent institutions function in other countries. Furthermore, at both the state and local authority level some 900 employees have been given training in areas including monitoring and evaluation, procurement, and planning. UNDP has worked to ensure that development planning since the peace agreement has become an inclusive process. Communities and NGOs have been involved in devising Local Development Plans that include clear objectives and cost calculations.
This kind of support and training is producing results and longer term planning: eighteen localities in two states (Kassala and Gedaref), for example, have developed Local Development Plans with clear objectives and cost calculations through to 2016.