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ECA trains Burkina Faso team on integrated planning and reporting toolkit

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ECA trains Burkina Faso team on integrated planning and reporting toolkit

The timing of this training is therefore ideal for Burkina Faso since it occurs during the launch of your new National Development Plan.

ADDIS-ABABA, Ethiopia, October 11, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) organized a series of four days of training workshops on capacity building for Burkina Faso on an Integrated Planning and Reporting Toolkit (IPRT ) from October 4 to 7 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The IPRT is a tool developed by ECA to assist Member States in various planning-related activities including, but not limited to, mapping their national development plan with the SDGs and Agenda 2063, identify priorities, reporting and monitoring and evaluation.

Abel Some, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Development of Burkina Faso, thanked ECA for conducting the training and for the interest it has shown in the country.

“After four days of work, your discussions confirmed the relevance and importance of holding such a training course and the need to further strengthen the process by appropriating the content of the communications made and by taking charge of the process” , said Some.

At the opening of the training, Bartholomew Armah, Director of Macroeconomics and Governance of ECA, thanked the government of Burkina Faso for having invited ECA to organize the training despite the difficulties imposed on countries by the pandemic of COVID-19.

He said the IPRT training aimed to provide participants with a more in-depth understanding of the functionality of the tool, including alignment, data entry, data upload, progress tracking and reporting. The IPRT seeks to support country planning processes by helping to align national plans with national priorities as well as regional and global commitments such as Agenda 2063 and the 2030 development agenda.

“The timing of this training is therefore ideal for Burkina Faso since it takes place at the time of the launch of your new national development plan,” said Mr. Armah, adding that once the data from the national development plans ( PDN) uploaded into the system, the IPRT can be used to validate the alignment of the national plan with the AUC Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.

IPRT can be deployed to generate an alignment report that will indicate in percentages the level of alignment at the goal, target and indicator level.

The Director of ECA said IPRT is being configured to make monitoring performance on indicators in your national development plan more user-friendly. So on one platform, you can see your plan’s alignment level and performance.

“We are also working on including a module on sources of funding for the NDP. This way you can link your IPRT priorities to funding sources. This will help assess whether resources are being adequately deployed for national objectives, ”noted Mr. Armah.

“The cost of borrowing is an important determinant of a country’s debt sustainability. In the future, the mix of concessional public funds and private funds will be an important leverage mechanism for countries. This must be taken into account in the planning functions.

He observed that the unprecedented events caused by the pandemic make it “even more important to strengthen our planning capacities.” IPRT can contribute to this goal and as we continue to innovate on IPRT, we count on your input and views on how to make these innovations better serve your interests and needs.

At the end of the training, Mr. Armah appreciated the team that participated in the training for their dedication and commitment to the training exercise.

“I am impressed with the quality of the engagement and the interactive nature of the training. Indeed, the questions you asked demonstrated the depth of your understanding of IPRT and your desire to make it an even better tool that meets your development planning needs, ”said Armah.

To ensure the importance of institutionalizing IPRT to ensure sustainability, Mr. Armah said that an IPRT focal point will be appointed and an IPRT team to maintain continuity of training and advance the toolkit applications. in Burkina Faso. The team will work closely with ECA’s IPRT sub-regional consultant, Issiaka Sombie, and the Director General of Economy and Planning of Burkina Faso.

More specifically, the IPRT team in Burkina Faso is supposed to use the IPRT model, upload the results framework of the Burkina Faso national development plan into the IPRT; complete data entry at the level of the objectives, targets and indicators of the national development plan; using the IPRT model, complete the alignment of the national development plan with the SDGs and Agenda 2063; complete the targets for each indicator; organize training sessions on the implementation of IPRT; monitor the progress of the SDGs and Agenda 2063; coordinate and organize training on the implementation of IPRT; popularize IPRT through advocacy in the country; prepare tools and materials for advocacy; prepare progress reports in the implementation of the IPRT; submit reports to the ECA team; facilitate and organize meetings with government officials of Burkina Faso.

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