Government of Jamaica’s Transformation Programme Gets UNDP Grant Support

Jul 31, 2015

Minister Horace Dalley in the Ministry of Finance and Planning (left) shakes hands with Dr. Arun Kashyap, UNDP Resident Representative after the signing of the grant agreement. Photo Credit: Ministry of Finance and Planning

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, to provide a US$100,000 grant to implement the Ministry’s Change Management Programme, which is a part of its wider Transformation Programme.

The Change Management Programme will work to strengthen the Ministry’s capacity to ensure efficiency in its business processes and regulations and its service delivery. It also seeks to develop the capacity and skills of the Ministry’s staff to replicate change management strategies across Government of Jamaica Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

The Transformation Programme, which aims to aims to develop the capacity of the Ministry’s staff to participate in and implement changes required to achieve the goal of transforming the ministry into a centre of excellence, to achieve fiscal sustainability and economic growth, was launched immediately after the grant signing at the Ministry’s Heroes’ Circle offices in Kingston on 31 July, 2015.

In his remarks at the signing and launch, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley, thanked UNDP for its assistance to the Government of Jamaica. He emphasized the importance of public sector transformation, noting that its main focus is “to support the growth agenda of our country.”

UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said that UNDP was pleased to be partnering with the Ministry on this innovative initiative.

“While the Project Management Office will oversee this transformation to lead change management as a best practice and as a priority, UNDP will provide support through technical backstopping for capacity development, access to global knowledge of best practices re organizational and national transformation, and project oversight including the replication of the transformation process in other institutions – if, and as required,” Dr. Kashyap stated.

The grant agreement was signed by Minister Dalley and Dr. Kashyap during a brief ceremony that preceded the launch of the Transformation Programme

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