Partners in Development
The following consultancy firms or organization are assisting Ministry of Planning in different fields.
The RAND Corporation and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq have signed an agreement to work together to improve the region’s health care and education systems, and foster private economic development.
RAND researchers also will help KRG officials assess the availability of reliable policy-relevant information such as employment statistics and identify areas where such efforts should be improved. Each of the four projects is expected to take about a year to complete.
RAND is a nonprofit research organization that is based in the United States with offices in Europe and the Middle East. More than 30 members of RAND’s research staff will participate in the KRG research projects.
UK-National School of Governance:
The National School of Government is a UK governmental organization who has been contacted by the KRG Ministry of Planning. The Ministry of Planning is responsible of overseeing the implementation of the contract. The NSG works on the following areas:
1- Establishment of Quality Assurance Directorates within the KRG ministries to insure the highest quality of services and public satisfaction.
2- Provision of training and knowledge transformation to the MoP staff to educate trainers and be able to provide various training on every aspect of public administration throughout the KRG.
Price Water House Coopers (PWC):
With the Budget Execution Support project that's planned to help Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) build better capacity in budgetary policy, planning, execution and strengthen control, transparency and accountability in the mobilization and improve the use of public resources. In doing so UNDP has contracted Price Water House Cooper to provide advisory services to (KRG) through implementing five from nineteen outputs of Public Financial Management (PFM) Action Plan. On July 6-7th, 2010 a workshop was organized to launch PWC services for providing Technical Assistance on a) Budget policy, b) Budget Call Circular, c) Diagnosing skills and capacity strengthening, d) Modern budget reporting and e) assessing internal control systems for KRG PFM project. For more information on KRG PFM project, please visit www.krgmopdcc.com.
KPMG is another consultative firm that's also contracted by UNDP to provide advisory services for KRG PFM project. KPMG will implement three out of nineteen outputs of the KRG PFM Action Plan. The outputs are a) Regional Development Strategy aligned with Iraq's National Development Strategy (NDP), b) Sector Development Strategy aligned with the NDP, and c) Communication Strategy. On October 5th, 2010 a workshop was organized by both KRG Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Finance and Economics to launch KPMG Technical Assistance for Public Financial Management in Kurdistan Regional Government. For more information on KRG PFM project, please visit www.krgmopdcc.com.
About USAID/Tatweer Tatweer, the USAID-funded National Capacity Development program delivers capacity-building assistance to the Government of Iraq in general and Kurdistan Regional Government in particular. Ministry of Planning is the main focus of USAID/Tatweer of their 2010 program. They started Tatweer project at the beginning of 2010 in the Ministry of Planning and its departments. The program includes the following dimensions:
- Human Resource Systems Improved
- Job descriptions
- Personnel performance appraisal system
- Manpower planning system
- HRMS system implemented
2. Fiscal Management Systems Improved
a. Public Contracts Directorate created
b. Contractor Classification Application (CCA) implemented
3. Information Technology Systems Improved
a. Assist MoP-KRG to redesign their internal IT networks, applications and organizations
b. Inventory Management System (IMS) implemented
c. Archiving System implemented
4. Project Management Systems Improved
a. Improving the Planning Capacity of KRG-MoP
b. Improving Feasibility Study Capacity in the MoP-KRG
c. Implementing the Government Assistance Database (GAD)
5. Ministries with Established Public Administration Training Program
a. Assist the MoP to implement the Training Management System Software (TMSS)
6. Operational Effectiveness Improved
a.Improving the efficiency of the Kurdistan Region Statistical Office (KRSO)