The Joint Programme will support the four Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Marshall Islands) to formulate and operationalize integrated, costed financing strategies that bring together the policies and instruments through which governments govern public and private financing. These strategies will provide a stronger basis for prioritizing and implementing policy changes and reforms that will help to mobilize new resources and unlock greater impact from financing to support the delivery of national plans in meeting the 2030 agenda as well as to support transitioning out of the Least Developed Country status. Priority sectors include education, health, Early Childhood and youth development, as well as gender.
The approach to be applied across the four countries has a common strategy at its core, although it will be adapted in each country given the context and work that is already underway. Overall, the JP aims to support countries to create and introduce SDG and national plan-aligned financing strategies, strengthen the costing of SDG-related strategies, enhance budgeting for the SDGs through initiatives such as budget tagging systems, enhance the monitoring and management of SDG-related spending, and support more SDG-aligned private sector financing. Private sector mapping, SDG tracking, and reporting and gender equality seal activities will be undertaken in all four countries.
UNDP, ESCAP, UNICEF
Fiji: Ministry of Youth and Sports Solomon Islands: Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Vanuatu: Prime Minister’s Office Republic of Marshall Islands: Office of the Chief Secretary