General

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Contact Development Coordination Division

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:00pm (excluding Public Holidays)

Phone: +682 29 521

Fax: +682 29 520/29 465

Email: development@cookislands.gov.ck

Facebook:facebook.com/DCDivision

Postal Address: P.O Box 120, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

To visit us in person: We are located on the top floor of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Building in the heart of Avarua.


Wednesday 12th February

 
DPM Atiu
DRAFT – ATIU PROGRAMME                  
AM - Session Themes
PM - Session Themes
Official Welcome
Local Government session
Living in the Pa Enua
Local Development event

 

RELATED LINKS

 

Ministry of Marine Resources

Ministry of Agriculture

Cook Islands National Environment Services

Te Ipukarea Society

Cook Islands National Policy on Gender Equality & woman’s Empowerment & Strategic Plan of Action ( 2011- 2016)

 

 

 Atiu Strategic Plan

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 11th February

 
 
DPM Rarotonga

 

 

AM  - Session themes and supporting documentation

PM - Session themes and supporting documentation

Measuring progress together

National Sustainable Development Plan 2012 – 2015 (NSDP)

National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS)

Joint National Action Plan Policy (JNAP)

Climate and Disaster Compatible Development Policy (CDCD)

Budget policy statement 2014/15 (BPS)

 

 

 

Improving Official Development Assistance policy and plans

Official Development Assistance Policy 2011

Implementation Plan 2012

National Implementing Entity

 

 

Private action and development

Water tank Subsidy

Procurement website

Activity Management Cycle – Proposing to use these tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information technology and development event – COMING SOON

 



Republic of Korea

In 2012 a grant in kind was received as a goodwill gesture by Korea as international relations began to be developed with the Cook Islands following diplomatic visits to this country by Korea's former Ambassador to NZ, H E Mr Kwang-II Noh, in December 2010 and then again in April 2011. The gifts (3 Hyundai i45 Sedans and 16 Dell computers) were allocated by cabinet to improve professional foreign affairs, immigration and protocol services for Government. Value has been estimated at approximately NZ$120,000 based on landed costs for similar car and computer models. 

 

Development Effectivenss - from Policy to Practise

Working Group on Implementing the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Policy.

In order to develop an implementation plan for the ODA policy a working group was formed to reach out to organisations with interests in national development and capacity. This is important as the form of the plan will have implications for the structures and processes that frame development assistance in the Cook Islands. The members were expected to provide and assess options to inform the implementation plan.

The working group proposed are:

  • Secretary of Education
  • Secretary of Internal Affairs
  • President of the Chamber of commerce
  • Te Ipukarea Society
  • National Council of Women
  • Members from the Ministry of Finance and Prime Minister’s Office

Consultation during the development partners meeting January 2012 was also scheduled. The final plan was provided to decision makers (Cabinet) with the National Sustainable Development Commission expected to make a recommendation in the first half of 2012.


Development Partners Meeting 2012

Development Partners Meeting - Monday 30th - Tuesday 31st January 2012

Development Partner Meeting was hosted at the Rarotongan this year. It was announced by the Cook Islands Government and many Development Partners as a success in moving the Cook Islands a step closer to its goals. All documents and meeting details are available on the Cook Islands Government website hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister.

www.cook-islands.gov.ck/round_table_meeting_2012/index.php


National Sustainable Development Commission (NSDC)

In June 2008, The Cook Islands Government (Cabinet and Caucus members) highlighted their concern about the delay in implementing infrastructure projects. As a result of this concern, a new entity called the National Sustainable Development Commission was formed as per Cabinet Minute CM(08) 312. 

The main role of this NSDC is to provide sound strategic advice to Cabinet on the proper allocation of all developmental aid to all sectors of the economy and to ensure that such allocation is aligned to the successful implementation of the National Sustainable Development Plan. As assistance volumes and complexity of ODA programmes have grown, the NSDC has reorganised to meet new demands. The private-public Infrastructure Committee hosted by the Cook Islands Investment Corporation now oversees all of the Cook Islands infrastructure programme (including ODA) and reports on results to the NSDC.

Furthermore, this entity works closely with key national systems a such as to the Budget Policy Statement and the Mid term Budgeting framework to ensure ODA is effectively implemented and results that matter are accomplished.

Objective

  • Systematic allocation of budget and aid resources[1][1], in line with national plan directions/strategies/programs & projects.
  • Top end policy advice to Cabinet on sustainable development and resource allocation decisions and implications.

Memberships

Chiefs of Staff or Heads of Ministries of:

  • Office of the Prime Minister (Chair, NSDP and policy advice)
  • Crown Law (legal implications)
  • MFEM/DCD (resource advice)
  • Foreign Affairs (aid and foreign relations advice)
  • Public Service Commission (public service implications)
  • Ministry of Education for Human Resource Development (capacity and upskilling implications)

Secretariat

Central Planning and Policy Office will be responsible for:Preparing and distributing meeting briefs suitably in advance of regular meetings

  • Providing advisory support to the Chair and members on NSDP matters;
  • Following up outcomes
  • Recording meeting decisions and outcomes and preparing relevant papers for Chairs submission to Cabinet, Ministries, and related stakeholders.
  • Prepare media releases for the Chair and Commission.

[1][1] Resources in this context means Aid and Local Funding

NSDC Term of References

pdfCook Islands Development Partner Policy291.53 KB


ODA 2012-2015 budget and projections published

In line with the Cook Islands Official Development Assistance (ODA) Policy 2011, this year's budget presentation is intended to improve the ability of stakeholders (particularly Parliament and the public) to scrutinise the outcomes and become aware of forward plans for the use ODA. The ODA programme has performed well this year and estimated expenditure for 2012/13 is expected to reach $29 million continuing an upward trend from 2009/10 - $7.7 million and 2010/11 - $17 million. Note the 2009 and 2010 actual figures under estimate ODA as they do not include grants in kind (China) and funds not channelled through MFEM (ADB grants) bank account.

The 2011/12 Supplementary Budget allocation for ODA was $44,931,637. There is a difference of approximately $15 million between the budget allocation and estimated expenditure.  Most of the unspent ODA funds will be re-appropriated into the 2012/13 budget thus giving a higher than usual budget appropriation of $47,498,150. The main programmes that will be carrying forward allocations are;

  • China Grant funds allocated $14 million in 2011/12 with estimated expenditure of $780,000. $13.2 million has been re-allocated to 2012/13;
  • Japan Pacific Environment Community Funds for Renewable Energy allocated $2.2 million in 2011/12 with estimated expenditure of $200,000. $2 million has been carried forward into 2012/13;
  • AUSAID Climate Change Funds (PASAP) allocated $765,000 with estimated $100,000 expenditure. $645,000 to be carried forward into 2012/13;
  • AUSAID Climate Change funds for Northern Group Community tanks allocated $650,000 in 2011/12 with no expenditure as project re-programmed for 2012/13. $650,000 to be carried forward into 2012/13;
  • Adaptation Fund (SRIC) 2011/12 allocation of $1,126,100 with estimated $448,440 expenditure. Balance and full grant re-allocated 2012 to 2015;
  • New Zealand Aid Programme renewable energy programme allocated $2 million in 2011/12 with $1 million estimated expenditure; and
  • New Zealand Aid programme Cook Islands Technical Assistance Fund allocated $800,000 in 2011/12 with estimated expenditure of $400,000. Unspent fund carried over to 2012/13

There are also some projects that were allocated funds in the 2011/12 supplementary budget that were later not approved by the development partner.  Notable among these were;

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods project was allocated $1,126,100 and $603,590 for Ministry of Marine Resources was in 2011/12 put on hold due to lack of funding from the FAO;
  • European Union $470,000 funding for Mitiaro water programme was declined.  This has been reprogrammed in 2012/13.

Details of the individual programmes and projects are provided in the ODA budget chapter.  A summary by National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) goal is followed by relative contribution by development partner and then a full list of activities.  Details of significant programs not reported in the capital initiatives book then complete this chapter. These budget details are available for download using the link below:

http://www.mfem.gov.ck/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=72


ODA Coordination Upcoming activities.

Cook Islands Official Development Assistance (ODA) Coordination of upcoming activities.
  • Annual budget process, February to October 2014. (Programming ODA over medium term 2014-2017).
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) Water Policy Consultation, 2014 October 27 - 30
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in country mission to work on Agriculture Sector Plan, 2014 November 2 - 30
  • Frankfurt Business School Adaptation Fund Application for direct access, 2014 November 4 - 14
  • Official development Assisstance (ODA) Policy review, 2014 November  - 2015 March 
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) firm-level innovation survey, 2014 December 7 - 9
  • 5th Cook Islands Development Partners Meeting 2015, February 9 -12.
  • 50th Anniversary of Cook Islands Self Governing, 2015 August 
  • National infrastructure Investment Planning 2014 January- 2015 March  (CIIC)

 


National Sustainable Development Commission

In June 2008, The Cook Islands Government (Cabinet and Caucus members) highlighted their concern about the delay in implementing infrastructure projects. As a result of this concern, a new entity called the National Sustainable Development Commission was formed as per Cabinet Minute CM(08) 312.

The main role of this NSDC is to provide sound strategic advice to Cabinet on the proper allocation of all developmental aid to all sectors of the economy and to ensure that such allocation is aligned to the successful implementation of the National Sustainable Development Plan 2007 – 2010.

Furthermore, this entity is to ensure that the fulfillment of the Budget Policy Statement and the Mid term Budgeting framework is successfully implemented and accomplished.

OBJECTIVE

 

  • Systematic allocation of budget and aid resources[1][1], in line with national plan directions/strategies/programs/projects.
  • Top end policy advice to Cabinet on sustainable development and resource allocation decisions and implications.

 

Membership Chiefs of Staff or Heads of Ministries of: ·

 

  • Office of the Prime Minister (NSDP and policy advice)
  • Crown Law (legal implications)
  • MFEM/AMD (resource advice)
  • Foreign Affairs (aid and foreign relations advice)
  • Public Service Commission (public service implications)
  • Human Resource Development (capacity and upskilling implications) Chaired by COS - OPM

 

SECRETARIAT

 

  • Central Planning and Policy Office will be responsible for:
  • Preparing and distributing meeting briefs suitably in advance of regular meetings
  • Providing advisory support to the Chair and members on NSDP matters;
  • Following up outcomes
  • Recording meeting decisions and outcomes and preparing relevant papers for Chairs submission to Cabinet, Ministries, and related stakeholders.
  • Prepare media releases for the Chair and Commission. [1][1] Resources in this context means donor and local funding.

 


National Systems

According to the Center for Global Development traditional aid is more effective when:

  • it is channelled through recipient countries’ own budgets and systems, making recipient governments primarily accountable to their own citizens for measured results (and not just to donors for tracking money);
  • full transparency to both taxpayers in donor countries and citizens in recipient countries including timely publication of disbursements and systematic reporting of results;
  • multilateral funding whenever possible to reduce the high transactions costs and the lack of predictability associated with more politically driven bilateral programs.

Applying such learning from development experience in the Cook Islands and internationally is driving changes to the Cook Islands ODA policy and informing action to improve aid and development effectiveness. Currently we are working hard with partners to improve national systems, develop national indicators and broaden the dissemination of development information and results.

While national accounts are being brought up to date, Development Coordination Division's (DCD) Audited Financial Statements are available online, up to date and audits are unqualified. This provides the level of trust necessary for major donors to pay ODA into DCD trust funds which facilitates coordination through the national budget process.

The main systems for partners to be aware of are the National Sustainable Development Commission (ODA allocation), annual development partners meetings (usually late January/early February leading into the budget) and the national budget process (July to June FY). 

For more information, see the links below: