Delays in reporting aid details to AMP persist

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 10, 2014-

The number of donors and international non-government organizations (INGOs) reporting to the Aid Management Platform (AMP) has swelled, but delays in feeding information are still a problem, Finance Secretary Suman Prasad Sharma said Wednesday.

The AMP is an online system where donors and INGOs have to submit their aid details so that the government can find out the exact status of foreign aid in Nepal at any time. Almost all the donor agencies have been reporting to the AMP, and more than 130 INGOs have been given access to it, said the Finance Ministry.

Speaking at the seventh AMP Good Practices Workshop on Wednesday, Sharma also said that the government faced a challenge regarding how to encourage development partners and government agencies to use the AMP as a common platform besides keeping it sustainable, under government ownership, economical and user-friendly. The government launched the AMP four years ago. It was introduced with the aim of maintaining a proper database of the foreign aid entering Nepal annually, said the Finance Ministry. Sharma said the government’s development corporation policy introduced this year was based on the findings of the AMP.

Sharma said that the ministry wanted to expand the use of the AMP to more sectors. “By enhancing the data quality, we want to make sure that the AMP is used by the government, donors and the general people to gain access to the country’s development plans and policies,” he said.

He stressed the need to adopt the best practices in the implementation of the AMP through mutual cooperation among the participating countries.

Published: 11-12-2014 09:54

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