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Strengthening Moldova’s Policy Management Capacity

The overall objective of this project was to ensure effective implementation of national development and European integration. We set out to reach these objectives by supporting the government of Moldova to develop sustainable capacities for effective policy management, budget and donor coordination systems across the Government. The project was related to public administration reform with emphasis on developing sustainable evidence-based policy capacities through capacity development interventions at individual level (capacities of civil servants), organizational (strategy and policy planning, budgeting procedures capacities in ministries), and institutional (national planning system and related legislation including that of the budgeting), legislative drafting, communications and public consultations. Extensive coaching and co-working with staff involved in policy analysis and planning in line ministries was at the core of the project. It included right’s based approach and gender mainstreaming. The latter was done through undertaking gender-disaggregated analysis of policies and presentation of ex-ante policy documents including gender-disaggregated data in public Policy Proposals. The project supported sustainable capacity building of the State Chancellery, the body in charge of the PAR and policy coordination in Moldova, Ministry of Finance and all line ministries in Moldova. As part of this project, capacity of the State Chancellery to lead on development of the new National Development Strategy was strengthened.

October 15, 2012

CPM to provide TA to Prime Minister’s Office

Starting this month and for the next two years, CPM Consulting will be supporting the Office for Strategic Planning (OSP) of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) of Kosovo, through the project “Support to Kosovo’s Policy and Strategic Planning.” We will provide its support which will aim to improve the quality of public policies and to contribute to effective decision-making across governmental bodies. Such an undertaking will ensure that Kosovo’s overall development agenda is integrated within the European integration agenda, as are the resources made available by the Kosovo’s budget and its development partners. Building the capacities of key public administration institutions in charge of coordination and leadership will be given special priority throughout the project. In consortium with Sustainable Strategy and Development (SSD) Consulting, EuroPartners Development Group, WYG International, and Public Administration International experts, CPM Consulting will support Kosovo in devising its National Development Strategy (NDS), the first strategy of that scope and depth to ever be prepared in Kosovo. This comprehensive strategy is expected to provide a clearer sense of priorities and direction for planning various sector level strategies, Medium-term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and annual budget, as well as annual work plans of line ministries. Moreover, our support will also include establishment of an Integrated Planning System (IPS), a mechanism which will enable the government to eliminate the practice of uncoordinated multiple planning and reporting frameworks, each operating under different time frames, methodologies, mix of priorities and reporting requirements. The IPS will introduce a unified planning platform which will enable the OPM to provide coherent strategic direction, and ultimately improve the overall government performance. Besides the Office for Strategic Planning (OSP) within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), main beneficiaries of the project will include the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of European Integration, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economic Development, as well as several other line ministries and agencies, and bodies which report to the Kosovo Parliament.

February 15, 2014

DADA6 assists Kosovo in preparing the SPP

DADA6 supported the launching of the National Investment Committee and preparation and approval of the Single Project Pipeline (SPP) of investment projects in Kosovo covering the environment, energy, and transport sectors. Planning in the social sector is currently on the way. During 2014, under the initiative of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Western Balkans leaders gathered in Berlin to reach an agreement on key Western Balkans regional infrastructure investment priorities, or as it is commonly known, the ‘Connectivity Agenda’. As part of this agenda (which is also known as the Berlin process), the EU allocated EUR 1 billion for financing infrastructure investments in the region. On June 3, 2015, Jean-Eric Paquet, the Director for the Western Balkans at the European Commission, said: “The establishment of a National Investment Committee and the definition of a prioritized Single Project Pipeline are key requirements to be met in order to secure the project co-financing by the European Commission through the Western Balkans Investment Framework in 2015 as well as in subsequent programming periods.” The Kosovo Environmental Strategy 2011-2015 that is currently in force, aims to harmonize Kosovo’s environmental legislation with the EU acquis. In this regard, our work on the SPP included also contribution to identification, prioritization and final selection of infrastructure projects in Kosovo’s environment sector, aiming to create conditions for faster convergence with the EU acquis. The identified projects cover all key sub-sectors of the environment sector, including air pollution, waste management, water management, climate change, and nature protection. The overall value of prepared projects is EUR 524,8 million.

December 9, 2015

DADA6 to support Albania’s Ministry of European Integration

DADA6 will assist Albania, namely its Ministry of European Integration as the overall coordinator of Community Assistance Programs in Albania, in strengthening the capacity of country’s administrative bodies and other line-ministries to achieve improved levels of Albania’s participation in the European Union (EU) programs. Following the initial set-up of the project, including mobilization of technical assistance team and establishment of the Project Steering Committee, DADA6 and its consortium partners have recently begun to produce the first results which will serve as a solid basis for the work in the months ahead. As in any such endeavor involving multiple stakeholders, a sound foundation is key for ensuring a successful implementation of activities and achievement of the intended results, always with our beneficiaries in mind. To do that, the project team has been working in identifying Albania’s needs and priorities in the context of its participation in the EU programs. Having identified the two, the next step was assessment of the country’s absorption capacity in relation to EU programs. The acquired information will serve both, the project team and its counterparts and beneficiaries, to draft a detailed Action Plan, which will further streamline and harmonize participation of Albania’s administrative bodies and line-ministries in Union Programs. Throughout the project cycle, DADA6 and its consortium partners will strive for a sustainable solution by building the capacities of our beneficiaries, while at the same time ensuring transfer of know-how, ongoing dialogue and collaboration, use of international best practices, and building up on previous successful initiatives.

December 19, 2015

Kosovo’s NDS 2016-2021 launched today

The Government of Kosovo launched today the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2021, a document of major importance which is expected to have an impact on job creation and improvement of living standards for the people of Kosovo. Addressing the gather public at the Swiss Diamond Hotel in Pristina, Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, and EU Special Representative Samuel Žbogar, praised the adoption of this long-awaited document and the strong commitment shown by the Kosovo institutions. Funded by the European Union (EU), this is one of the key instruments to have come out of the two-year long technical assistance provided by DADA6 to the Office for Strategic Planning (OSP) of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) as part of the “Support to Kosovo’s Policy and Strategic Planning” project, initiated in February 2014. The document was prepared under the leading and coordinating role of the OSP of the OPM, which included a consultative process with all relevant state mechanisms and key stakeholders. We are honored to have been part of this major strategy which sets the “priorities of priorities” for Kosovo’s social and economic development. Specifically, we have supported the Government through the development of policy notes related to strategy’s four pillars – Human Capital, Rule of Law, Competitiveness, and Infrastructure, and 36 priorities corresponding to the areas which will serve as a framework for the orientation of Kosovo’s development policies in the years ahead. Although the first such step towards putting in one place the national development ‘priorities of priorities’, we are assured that the strategy will provide a clearer sense of priorities and direction for planning various sector level strategies, Medium-term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and annual budget, as well as annual work plans of line ministries. The “PLAN”, as the strategy is called in Albanian, where P stands for Punë(Employment), L stands for Ligj (Law), A stands for Afarizëm (Business), and N for Ndërtim (Construction) will be a roadmap for development of Kosovo’s economy.

February 15, 2016

Armenia’s EU joint programming on course

Since its launch late last year, the project aimed to support Armenia’s strategic development orientations has begun to pick up steam as we entered 2016. Having identified and reviewed key sectors relevant for the European Union (EU) support and Armenia’s Development Strategy (ADS), DADA6 has recently began providing hands-on assistance to the EU Delegation in Armenia in the joint programming and preparation of the Single Support Framework (SSF) for the period 2017-2020. Throughout the duration of the project, DADA6 will cover a broad array of sectors relevant for EU support. However, based on thorough analysis and in close consultation with key relevant actors, in relation to the form of EU’s involvement in Armenia, priority will be given to determining the areas and sectors, as well as projects and programs, in which EU’s financing actions can best be put to use in a way that would further country’s ability to achieve its strategic development objectives. As part of this process, priority setting related to different geographical contexts is already in full cycle. DADA6 has been providing its support in identifying these priorities in the framework of the European Development Fund (EDF), European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI), and Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). Employing a comprehensive approach where no relevant information is left aside, we will also take into account the Single Support Framework (SSF) for Armenia 2014-2017, Armenia’s Development Strategy (ADS), Europe 2020 Strategy, as well as experiences of other countries, with a particular emphasis on the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) II countries, and EU-promoted regional initiatives such as the Economic Reform Programs (ERPs) in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

April 15, 2016

Armenia’s EU joint programming on course

Over the last four months, the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) project in Ukraine has organized numerous activities with key stakeholders in and outside of Ukraine. As part of its component on cooperation with line ministries, on 25 and 26 February, the project delivered a training on the “Essence and stages of gender responsive budgeting” to the working group of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. During this training, the participants learned about the key principles that need to be taken into consideration while planning and implementing gender-responsive budgeting. Following the completion of the training, the working group is expected to prepare a report on gender budgeting, containing recommendations on improving key administrative and technical elements that are used in the budgeting process. Between January and February, the project organized activities which aimed to further increase cooperation with pilot oblasts in Ukraine. Within these activities, the project organized trainings on the basics of gender budgeting in the following oblasts: Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Zakarpattia, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Mykolayiv, Cherkasy, and Chernivtsi. During these events, the working groups consisting of participants from oblast state administration finance departments, sectoral departments and statistics units, were trained on gender equality issues in Ukraine, gender budgeting principles and all the stages related to this process. Having been part of the training, the working groups are expected to present gender based analysis reports. With the aim of bringing the Ukrainian gender-based budgeting experience to other countries, on March 31, 2016 the GRB project organized a visit to Banja Luka, Republika Srpska. Organized with the Ministry of Finance of Republika Srpska, in cooperation with UN Women, the exchange workshop included representatives of finance ministries from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Ukraine, Albania and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The participants were informed about the Ukrainian experience in gender-responsive budgeting, recognizing the fact that budgets are not gender neutral, and that during budgeting a special consideration should be given to the different needs of men and women.

April 29, 2016

Supporting Kosovo’s policy and strategic planning concluded

After two years of working side by side with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Ministry of European Integration in improving Kosovo’s policy and strategic planning, the project led by DADA6 as part of the CPM Consulting Group has come to its conclusion. Launched in February 2014, the project aimed to support Kosovo’s government to improve its existing decision-making mechanisms, which would allow for the integration of Kosovo’s development agenda with the overall European integration agenda. During this time, the project “Support to Kosovo’s Policy and Strategic Planning” has enabled the Government of Kosovo to plan sound and efficient public policies across the board. In this regard, we supported Kosovo in analyzing its economic growth constraints by conducting 15 strategic studies in areas of national development priorities. Moreover, DADA6 assisted Kosovo in developing the Integrated Planning System (IPS), a mechanism which helped eliminate the practice of uncoordinated multiple planning and reporting frameworks, each operating under different time frames, methodologies, mix of priorities and reporting requirements. When it comes to helping out our stakeholders figure out solutions to existing problems, we practice what we preach. What this means is that we invest our time and expertise in building long-standing local capacities, which lay a fertile ground for further development well beyond the lifecycle of a specific project. In this case, we are honored to have been part of this undertaking led by the OPM, which, among other interventions, resulted with the drafting of Kosovo’s National Development Strategy (NDS) for the period 2016-2021. This is the first comprehensive strategy of such scope and depth to ever be devised in Kosovo, and we are proud to have been part of the team, which assisted the Government of Kosovo put in one place its 36 development ‘priorities of priorities. We also assisted with preparation of two annual Economic Reform Programs, which form the basis of economic policy dialogue between Kosovo and the EU. Working closely with the ministry of European Integration, we were part of Kosovo establishing its Single Project Pipeline for investment projects to access financing available within the Western Balkans Investment Framework. We also supported programming of EU financing actions in Kosovo or IPA II funds for 2014-2020.

April 30, 2016