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JCMB approves funds for Four National Priority Programs

JCMBThe 19th Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) acknowledged the progress made on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) and endorsed four National Priority Programs as well as an Aid Management Policy.

The session was attended by key government officials, ambassadors of 37 countries or their representatives, civil society, and the private sector.

“The time has now come to move from planning to implementation. The year 2013 should be marked as the ‘Year of Delivery’ both by the Government of Afghanistan and the International  Community,” said Finance Minister Zakhilwal.

He further noted, “The momentum generated by the Government under TMAF is proof of its ability and political will to meet its commitments to the Afghan people and to the International Community. Today’s endorsement of the Aid Management Policy will also help secure maximum aid dividends. It is critical that this momentum be maintained, if not accelerated, by both the International Community and the Government.”

Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, reiterated his support for the message of Finance Minister Zakhilwal that what is needed now is delivering and sharper focus on substantive progress.

“Today’s JCMB demonstrates continuation of the strong partnership and cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the International Community through the progress on the implementation of the TMAF, endorsement of four National Priority Programs as well as the Aid Management Policy”

The Aid Management Policy, together with the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework that resulted from the Tokyo Conference of July 2012, outline the way forward and link aid delivery and aid effectiveness with governance and structural reforms.

The National Priority Programs represent the concrete plans of the Afghan Government to implement its national development priorities. There are 22 National Priority Programs in total. The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board previously endorsed 16 NPPs for funding, bringing the endorsed total to 20. It is anticipated that the final two National Priority Programs will be presented for endorsement at the next JCMB later this year.

The National Priority Programs endorsed by donors for funding are:

Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster:

  • Water and Natural Resource Development
  • Comprehensive Agriculture and Market Development

Infrastructure Development Cluster:

  • National Energy Supply Program

Governance Cluster:

  • Efficient and Effective Government

JCMB was established in accordance with an agreement between the Afghan Government and the international community for overall strategic coordination on implementation of the Afghanistan Compact endorsed at the London Conference in 2006.  JCMB provides a platform for strategic coordination, joint policy formulation and problem solving in Afghanistan. It ensures the mutual accountability of the government and its development partners. It is co-chaired by Senior Minister (Head of the Government Coordinating Committee (GCC) from GoIRA and the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in UNAMA, and is held at the senior level between government and its development partners.

The GoIRA approved the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) in April 2008, which was supported by donors at the Paris Donor Conference in June 2008. One of the most important conclusions from this conference was to support Government’s efforts to increase ownership in implementing the ANDS. With respect to this, the Government and its development partners agreed to reorganize its coordination mechanism. Previously, this coordination structure was based on the Consultative Groups (CGs, WGs) and it proved to be effective in supporting the ANDS preparation. However, the Government and donors decided to reorganize it to allow for greater Government ownership in implementing the ANDS. In line with this, the revised coordination structure is based on:

 a) periodical JCMB meetings;

b) three standing committees and

c) a High Level Committee on Aid Effectiveness.

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