TWG Action Plan
44. The TWG planned to implement 8
activities, and reported satisfactory and/partly achieved progress on all
TWGF established as an effective informing and
influencing interface between DoF/Donors/NGOs.
High level policy dialogue facilitated by TWGF
to ensure that the policy profile of the fisheries sector reflects its
importance to the livelihoods of poor rural people, to national food
security and that this is reflected in the implementation of policy at
the field level.
Mutual Accountability. DoF and development
partners become more accountable for development results.
Ownership. DoF assumes exercises effective
leadership over its development policies, strategies and coordinates
Managing for Results. DoF and development
partners use jointly-agreed results-oriented reporting and assessment
frameworks in order to manage resources and improve decisionmaking.
Alignment. Development partners base their
overall support on Cambodia's development strategies, institutions and
procedures (partly achieved). Many activities are in-progress and still
with the Thematic Subgroups.
Harmonization. Development partners' actions
are more harmonized, transparent and collectively effective to maximize
ODA benefits for Cambodia (partly achieved). The TWG noted poor response
on requests for information to the donor members, and particularly, poor
attendance from the donor TWGF members.
Donor support to the Department of Fisheries
substantially increased in support of the implementation of the DoF
Fisheries Development Action Plan as articulated through the DoF Action
45. The TWG noted that TWG Action
Plan items have been revised after the report submitted to GDCC in
November 2005. The TWG Action Plan now reflects the (updated) RGC Action
Plan for Harmonization, Alignment and Results approved by RGC in February
2006, which has been adapted for the Fisheries Sector.
46. The TWG reported some
difficulties faced in the implementation of the TWG-Fisheries Action Plan
2006, namely, many activities in the TWGF Action Plan require TWGF members
to work through the thematic subgroups, for example, debating certain
issues and presenting back to the TWGF meeting. There has been poor member
attendance at regular TWGF meetings and this has caused the activities to
Joint Monitoring Indicators
47. Take appropriate action to
reflect the priorities of the Fisheries sector to improve the livelihoods
of rural communities in commune, district and provincial development plans
as well as donor funding levels (Joint Monitoring Indicator 8.iii).
Progress has been made and is set out as follows:
The Fisheries Law was recently promulgated by the
King on 21 May 2006. The law indicates the roles and mandate of the new
Fisheries Administration for sector development which is designed to
transform the Department of Fisheries.
The meetings on the structure of the new Fisheries
Administration: the DoF has conducted the meetings to discuss the new
structure of the Fisheries Administration such as identification of
triage/ division and drafting the roles and responsibilities of each
layer of the Administration. The proposal has been submitted to MAFF for
consideration in August.
Fisheries Forum Meeting (24th May, 1 day event)
attended by many DoF, donor and NGO representatives in the fisheries
sector took place to address the goal: “To ensure that the
restructuring of the Department of Fisheries into the Fisheries
Administration allows better integration between the Fisheries
Administration and local level planning, enabling the Fisheries
Administration to be an effective service provider, in response to the
needs of the rural poor who rely heavily on fish and aquatic resources
for their livelihood. This must all be consistent with achieving the
goals of the National Strategic Development Plan 2006-2010 and Cambodian
Strategy.” The outputs from the Fisheries Forum will feed into
improved policy, planning, and operations of the new Fisheries
Administration, generally, and will form essential inputs to a wider
programme of sector development being funded by the new DfID/DANIDA
Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods Programme (see below).
A study to supplement the DoF’s Institutional Review
(released in February 2006) was commenced. The study is to review the
roles of the local fisheries administration in terms of service
provision to the wider fisheries sector at provincial, district and
commune level. Many of the outputs from the Fisheries Forum have been
used as a basis for this study.
The Prime Minister, SAMDECH Hun Sen’s speech on 29th
March 2006 at the MAFF Conference “Taking Stock of 2005-2006
Performance and Setting Directions for 2006-2007”, referred to the
need for “All ministries, institutions, municipality and provincial
departments in cooperate with the development partners must think of the
priority to include the fishery sector to its development plan”. This
was great support from such a high level.
A letter has been sent by H.E Chan Sarun, Minister of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the 17th of July 2006 to relevant
Ministries, provincial governors, and donor community requesting their
assistance in achieving the Joint Monitoring Indicator.
The new DfID/DANIDA Natural Resources Management and
Livelihoods Programme has allocated nearly $3.3 million over five (5)
years to the fisheries sector alone. Of this total, some $320,000 in
year one has been ear-marked for “sector development” which will
comprise development of policy, planning, legislation, capacity,
knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation and general feedback
mechanisms at the sub-national level. This is all in pursuit of the
Joint Monitoring Indicator. The funding to the DoF’s Action Plan will be
using the MTEF format which will be in place for operation within the
Implementation status of the H-A-R Action Plan
48. The updated Harmonization,
Alignment and Results Action Plan has been embedded within the TWGF Action
Plan for 2006 and accepted by the TWGF membership. The TWGF is
proceeding with the TWGF Action Plan for 2006 continuously and many of
these items embedded from the Harmonization, Alignment and Results Action
Plan are being carried out. However many activities in the Action Plan are
higher level that need more discussion and time to work on for example
(joint-field mission, remuneration guideline, guideline for fisheries
projects peer review, multiyear funding arrangement, national operational
guideline for the fisheries etc.). Many of them are difficult to get
consensus especially from the donors who have their own policy
instructions and interests that lead to gain little progress.
49. A TWGF thematic subgroup
has been set up to look at adopting guidelines and procedures for ensuring
that all new activities/projects in the fisheries sector are peer reviewed
by the TWGF to avoid duplication/gaps, to maximize synergies and to ensure
alignment with DoF Priority Action Plan. The subgroup presented its
findings and recommendations to the August TWGF meeting. The subgroup is
drafting a set of guidelines to be presented to the September TWGF
50. The RGC’s Strategic Framework for
Development Cooperation Management has been translated into a strategic
framework for the fisheries sector. This document will be presented to the
TWGF September meeting for discussion and approval.
51. M & E in the fisheries
Sector. It is in a draft version at the TWGF Secretariat.
52. A TWGF thematic subgroup
has been set up to look at how donors can increase the share of aid
commitments provided through multi-year funding arrangements. The subgroup
presented its findings and recommendations to the August TWGF meeting. The
subgroup is drafting a more developed document to be presented to the
September TWGF meeting.
53. The TWG reported that the
following actions have been taken:
Discussion paper on Adopting Programmatic Support for
the Fisheries Sector in Cambodia was presented at TWGF meeting and
approved in January 2006.
Discussion paper on Progress and Key Points for
Action under the Government’s Action Plan for Harmonization and
Alignment for the Fisheries Sector. A document presented at TWGF meeting
and approved in March 2006.
Discussion paper on an Outline of an Integrated
Policy, Planning and Review (IPPR) Process for the Fisheries Sector. A
draft document produced and is under review by DoF.
Guidance on Formulating Fisheries Sector Policy. A
draft document produced and is under review by DoF.
Discussion paper on the Tackling of Gender
Cross-Cutting Issues in the Fisheries Sector. The subgroup presented its
findings and recommendations to the August TWGF meeting.
Publication of the “Department of Fisheries
Institutional Review”, dissemination to the TWGF members and
relevant stakeholders in the sector. This study was part of the process
of moving towards a more programmatic approach to the fisheries sector
by assessing the Department of Fisheries’ capacity to implement the
policy requirements defined in the Rectangular Strategy and the National
Strategic Development Plan 2006-2010. This review showed that there is
considerable potential for improvement in the service delivery and in
the institution, generally—whether in the area of policy and planning,
development, knowledge management or monitoring & evaluation.
Production of a discussion document entitled “Adopting
Programmatic Approaches for the Fisheries Sector in Cambodia” and
discussion of the document at the March meeting of the TWGF. Further
discussion on more programmatic approaches to the fisheries sector will
take place during the rest of this year. The new DFID/DANIDA MDLF
Programme, signed in the period, has a Fisheries Component and will be
supporting the fisheries sector through a genuinely programmatic
A TWGF thematic subgroup on Gender has been set up
and has presented recommendations for the fisheries sector to the TWGF.
The group is preparing for a Fisheries Forum on Women in Fisheries
(October 2006) whose outputs are to lead to producing a Gender
Mainstreaming Strategy and Policy for the Fisheries Sector. Funding has
been secured for the Fisheries Forum proposed. Additional funding is
being sought for the activities required to produce a Gender
Mainstreaming Strategy and Policy for the Fisheries Sector.
The TWGF has prepared a calendar of field missions,
diagnostic reviews and studies planned by donor members of the TWGF.
This calendar is updated regularly.
54. The TWG has reported that the TWG
has been able to mobilize the resources to implement its Action Plan for
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