Myanmar seeks to strengthen aid information management systems

May 6, 2013

Nay Pyi Taw – Myanmar will establish a system to effectively and transparently manage rapidly increasing volumes of development assistance from foreign countries. In an effort to design an aid information management system appropriate with the context of Myanmar a workshop was organized on 3 May.

Government officials, development partners and UN agencies took part in in-depth analysis and discussions of lessons learned by other countries in the process of effective aid management.

The workshop organized by the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development in collaboration with UNDP Myanmar allowed to review experiences in aid information management from Cambodia, Laos, Nepal and Rwanda.

The system to be established in Myanmar will “help the country effectively integrate aid flows with domestic resources and align the assistance with national priorities,” said Dr. Wah Wah Maung, Deputy Director General of the Ministry’s Foreign Economic Relations Department.

The aid information management system is a tool that will create comprehensive and transparent records and information about development initiatives. It will also assist in planning, identify funding gaps, keep the development partners, government officials and the citizens well aware of aid commitments, track disbursements and expenditures, and monitor results.

Historic democratic reforms in Myanmar are attracting increased overseas aid, which requires effective coordination. Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar said strengthening the capacities of national institutions in managing scaled-up foreign assistance is essential in order to support the country's reforms and to attain improved development outcomes and positive changes in people's lives.

UNDP has supported more than 50 countries worldwide, including 15 countries in the Asia Pacific region, in establishing aid information management systems.

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