Donors’ meet to be held on June 25

Donors’ meet to be held on June 25

The government plans to hold the international donors’ conference in Kathmandu on June 25 to raise resources to finance reconstruction and rehabilitation after the April 25 earthquake.

Finance Ministry officials said although Japan and India had pledged to host the conference, the government moved to organise the meet itself.

The officials, however, said there are plans to host another such conference in September for generating funds for long-term reconstruction and development efforts, and the meet could be hosted by the donor agencies.

Finance Secretary Suman Sharma said the ministry will forward a proposal on the conference to the Cabinet on Tuesday.

The government has said the resources pledged would be sought from the donors based on the Post Disaster Need Assessment (PNDA) which is underway. “Debt relief and more foreign grant assistance are the main agendas of the conference,” said Sharma.

The officials, however, said the detailed agenda would be prepared once the PDNA is completed.

The government and the donors have joined hands to conduct the PDNA so that both the sides would have the ownership in the process which would ease generating the support.

Swarnim Wagle, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC), said 23 groups have started field visits for the PDNA.

The NPC has taken the lead to carryout the PDNA, while major donors such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Children Fund,

and World Health Organisation have taken the leadership from the donors’ side.

A meeting of the stakeholders, including the government, donors and experts, on May 20-21, finalised the terms of reference of the PDNA.

As per the ToR, the PDNA teams will make assessments of sectors including housing and settlement, health and nutrition, education, cultural heritage, transport, water and satitation, electricity, communication, community infrastructure, commerce and industry and tourism.

Other sectors to be assessed are agriculture, livestock and irrigation, financial sector, environment, employment, livelihood and social protection, governance and gender.

In each sector, the teams will see the impact of the earthquake and aftershocks on population and assess the priority recovery and reconstruction needs, indicative costs for the purpose and activities to be carried out.

They will also prepare a recovery strategy in each sector which would include a brief capacity analysis of the sector, governance risk and risk reduction measures.

Under the PDNA, it has also been planned to assess the overall macro-economic impact, human development impact and suggest strategic direction.

Wagle said the PDNA teams are expected to submit initial assessment reports by June 10, and an initial draft of the PDNA will be prepared by June 15.

The report then will be made ready for the presentation at the donors’ conference on June 25. “Based on the resource pledges, the budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in July,” said Wagle.

Source: eKantipur