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Strengthening the capacity of Latin American and Caribbean countries to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals

Background:

The MDGs are excellent references for development at a global level. However, their implementation should take into consideration the economic, social and cultural heterogeneity in each country and each region. Therefore, it is necessary to revise and complement the MDGs in the light of the ECLAC region’s special characteristics and, if needed, to adjust the targets and the indicators used.

Attaining the MDGs demands solid informational systems that allow countries to portray their present situation and monitor their advances and retreats. Although the quality, timeliness and availability of information in Latin American and Caribbean countries improved substantially in the past decade, the heterogeneity and dispersion of data currently available limits its usefulness for descriptive and policy-making guidance purposes. The region’s capacity to fulfil the MDGs can be considerably strengthened if production, systematisation and analysis of information is undertaken.

Objective:

Strengthen both the international competitiveness as well as the negotiating capacity of developing countries by sharing knowledge on problems and best practices in the various countries and regions on trade promotion and diversification; a greater participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the global supply networks, designing and implementing trade facilitation policies at the national and regional levels and a greater use of knowledge management and information and communications technologies in supply chain management (millennium development goal 8, target 12.

Expected accomplishments:

  • Strengthened capacity of governmental institutions to produce and analyse the millennium development goals indicators and use them in the design and implementation of public policies that lead to the fulfilment of the goals, including two analytical reports about the elements that have positive and negative effects on reaching the millennium development goals in the region
  • Adoption by Latin America and Caribbean countries of an extended set of millennium development goals indicators that are more suitable to their situation, in order to monitor the accomplishment of the goals
  • Countries in the region are better able to monitor the progress towards the accomplishment of the millennium development goals through the production and compilation of information
  • Improved access to information and widespread knowledge about the millennium development goals and related issues
  • Provision of technical assistance to national institutions of 10 countries of the region to improve the quality of data and strengthen the national capacity to produce and use millennium development goals follow-up indicators in 10 selected countries

Implementation status:

Most activities of the project have been carried out successfully. During 2006, efforts have been centered in developing a proposal of additional and complementary MDG indicators on education, gender and environment and holding several meetings to discuss it, analyzing the discrepancies between national and international data sources, organizing a training workshop on environmental statistics and executing a number of technical assistance missions. Among the impacts of these activities is an increased awareness of the importance of adequately measuring MDGs, as a central input for country’s policy design. In addition, the introduction of complementary goals and indicators is expected to improve the analysis and relevance of the next National Reports. Furthermore, training provided will contribute to increase countries’ ability to measure progress towards the fulfillment of MDGs and generate useful policy recommendations. It is expected that the influence of the project will also benefit from ECLAC’s active participation at the Inter- Agency Expert Group on MDG Indicators.