Australia, UNDP join efforts for stronger aid management in Tuvalu

09 Jun 2009

Suva, Fiji - The United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Agency for International Development have agreed to jointly fund an aid management and coordination project in Tuvalu. The aim is to enhance effective and efficient assistance to Tuvalu to ensure that it is fully in line with the country's development priorities.

The cost-sharing arrangement will help to reduce transaction costs for development assistance and will further cement the two partners' mutual commitment to the delivery of effective aid. Making aid work better and more efficiently is one of the underlying principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action.

Through the co-funded aid management and coordination project, UNDP and AusAID will assist the Government of Tuvalu in reviewing existing aid management, strengthening its current approaches, and developing new mechanisms where gaps exist. This will include the use of an aid management database to strengthen the effective and efficient alignment of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) to Tuvalu's development priorities as outlined in the Te Kakeega II - the National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2005-2015.The project will also help to enhance the Household and Income survey data collection and Census systems in order to monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji, Knut Ostby,  said, "While Tuvalu has made significant progress over the years, there are still some critical areas that need to be addressed if Tuvalu is to meet the MDGs within the next six years.

"One key area of need in Tuvalu is to reduce the number of people living under the poverty line, which hovered close to one quarter of all households, according to the 2006 National Millennium Development Goal Report," he said.

Tuvalu agreed to the Millennium Declaration in 2000 and has continued to reaffirm its commitment at various world summits in attaining the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Contact Information

For information and press inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Reama Biumaiono, UNDP Fiji Multi Country Office by email at reama.biumaiono@undp.org ; and by telephone at (+679) 3227704 Ms. Julia Dean, UN Information Centre in Australia, jdean@un.org.au Ms. Cherie Hart, UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok by e-mail at cherie.hart@undp.org; and by telephone at (+66) 8 1 918 1564