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Re: The contribution of the private sector and civil society to improve nutrition

UG2014 Group 8 University of Guyana, Guyana
02.10.2013
UG2014

‘’If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail’’. – Winston Churchill

As we have been stressing in our previous comments, working alone on any goal can be very exhausting especially when the focus is on large areas. For example, as we have be stressing in our previous comments, in order to achieve the MDG’s the private sector, civil society and governments all play a very important role by working together. Currently, Guyana’s private sector, civil society and Government are working together under various United Nation (UN) development projects. In this comment we intend to address the last question under partnerships.

·         What are examples of projects working jointly with the private sector, civil society, governments under an UN-wide initiative (like SUN, ZHC, etc…)?

Development is very important in any economy especially in Guyana since this is a developing country. The United Nation (UN) is an organization that is willing to work across countries to promote numerous projects and programmes that contribute to the development, social progress and human rights, etc. Some examples of projects that are UN initiatives, and which the private sector, civil society and governments have come together and have worked on them and are still working on are:

·         Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme – the objective of this programme is to allow the use of renewable energy in Guyana and all the other Caribbean countries. This programme will contribute to a decrease in gas emission thus creating for us an environment where the air is clean. Some of the renewable energy projects that are in process in Guyana are: a solar electricity project, the 100MW hydro-project (Amaila Falls) and an 11.4MW wind farm.

·         MDG Support Plansupporting and monitoring the projects and programmes that will enable Guyana to complete its MDG report within the given time frame. With the encouragement of growth and an increase in the amount of available jobs the level of poverty has already been reduced. Thus proving that Guyana is on track for the first MDG. They supported the programmes that targeted malaria and HIV infected and there has been a positive outcome since the level of malaria and HIV infected person have declined and also allot more treatments are available.  

·         Developing Capacities in Aid Effectiveness - this programme helps to properly manage, monitor and implement the aid received effectively. It was also a major actor in the achievement of the first MDG for Guyana. That is the reduction of poverty. Due to the fact of the proper management, the quality of work produced is excellent. 

·         Developing Institutional Capacity for Budget Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation –This project started on the 15th June, 2009 and ended on 31st December, 2010. The ministry of Finance of Guyana was the one that had full control over the project and the focus was to make sure monitoring was conducted on a regular base so as to ensure work was going as planned and that required results were obtain. This project was a follow up on the MDG’s support project so as to increase the effectiveness. Another project that is on-going under this programme is one that focuses on climate change, the reduction of gas emissions.

Working together with all sectors of society improves partnership on a local level.  Integration among local and global communities on projects strengthens relations that increases development; thus achieving Goal 8 of the MDGs.  With the correct guidance if the golden quadrant works together worldwide nutrition can be improved and global food shortage greatly reduced, ceteris paribus.

 

Sources:

CARICOM. Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme. January 2004. http://www.caricom.org/jsp/projects/CREDP_Project_Document.pdf (accessed September 29, 2013).

UN CC: Learn. One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change. May 23, 2013. http://unfccc.int/files/cooperation_and_support/capacity_building/applic... (accessed September 29, 2013).

United Nations Development Programme. Developing Institutional Capacity for Budget planning, monitoring and evaluation. 2012. http://www.undp.org.gy/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=... (accessed September 29, 2013).

—. Poverty Reduction. 2012. http://www.undp.org.gy/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=... (accessed September 29, 2013).