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From the 1st to the 2nd of August 2013, a training on ‘Results-based Management’ was conducted for representatives of regional and local government, as part of the UN Joint Programme ‘Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster’.
The Aral Sea crisis is considered to be one of the world’s largest environmental disasters, one that poses a range of environmental, socio-economic, demographic and humanitarian issues for the region’s population. The crisis also has consequences for the region’s future sustainable development, and impacts the livelihoods of local residents.
Limiting the consequences of the crisis requires timely and effective action by regional and local authorities, including promoting alternative income generation, improving healthcare and social infrastructure, enhancing water management systems, and supporting biodiversity conservation and community forestry activities.
One tool that can be used to ensure these initiatives are effectively undertaken and applied is the Results-based Management approach. This approach identifies performance results, while helping to track progress made. It helps improve the efficiency of work processes, and ensures that goals are achieved at senior, management, department and unit levels.
During the training, 26 public officials from the Muynak, Shumanay and Kanlikul districts learnt the steps involved in Results-based Management. These include the analysis and identification of the root causes of issues, stakeholder analysis, the identification of expected results and deadlines, strategy development, results analysis, and monitoring and self-evaluation processes.
The training’s participants included representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of External Economic Relations, the Ministry of Health, District Khokimiyats, and local self-governing bodies. Following the training the participants improved their understanding of contemporary approaches to public management, and enhanced their abilities to formulate work plans, conduct situation analysis, and design effective local development plans.
The UN Joint Programme ‘Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster’ is jointly implemented by five UN agencies in Uzbekistan, including UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO and UNV, in cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The programme is financed by the UN Human Security Trust Fund.