UNDP experts shared their experience in international development assistance with Russian government agencies
On June 2-3, 2009 the UNDP Office in Russia organized a training workshop on international development assistance, held at the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) on the first day and in the UNDP Office in Russia - on the second day. The choice of venue was not random, since it was aimed to stress the role that Rossotrudnichestvo jointly with other interested government agencies has to play in the implementation of the state concept of Russia’s participation in international development assistance. The training workshop was organized within the frame of the new UNDP/Russia Preparatory Assistance Project, aimed primarily at providing support to Russia’s effective participation in the international ODA architecture. It is proposed to do so through improving institutional capacity of Russian ODA agencies by making available the best international practices in aid administration. Besides the staff of Rossotrudnichestvo, the workshop was attended by the representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology, the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being (Rospotrebnadzor) and other organizations.
In the opening remarks, Mr. Sascha Graumann, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Russia, noted that today «international development assistance is becoming one of the promising areas of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United Nations Organization». This idea was supported by Mr. Igor Morozov, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo in his address to the workshop participants.
UNDP aid effectiveness experts were invited to deliver the training: Ms. Dasa Silovic, Mr. Thomas Beloe, Ms. Dafina Gercheva, representing UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS and UNDP Regional Offices in Bratislava and Bangkok, and Mr. Soe Lin, an international aid development consultant with many years of work experience in the World Bank and Canadian International Development Agency. Under the experts’ guidance the participants gained knowledge of the thematic and technical issues related to ODA management, tracking, statistics, aid effectiveness and international commitments in this area: Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Accra Agenda for Action, UN Financing for Development Process and others.
As the logical continuation of the above training workshop, a round-table was organized on June 4, 2009 to address ODA issues in the context of using Russia’s experience for finding optimal solutions for most acute water management problems in Central Asia. The round-table brought together representatives from Russian government agencies, leading Russian and international experts. The choice of the theme was based on Russia’s interest in Central Asia as a priority region for international development assistance. Opening the discussion, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. Sascha Graumann said that the round-table «would contribute to re-direction of our joint efforts onto a practical path for solution of such critical issues as water management in Central Asia». Thus, ODA theory has turned into practice, giving way to discussions of possible specific projects, in particular, a project for creation of underground drop irrigation systems, described by Mr. Danilov-Danilian, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Water Problems. The participants agreed to further interact to discuss perspective projects, which would be of interest in the context of international development assistance.
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