Khartoum governor, UN sign memorandum to coordinate development

8 Feb 2011

Khartoum governor, UN sign memorandum to coordinate development

8 February 2011 – Khartoum State Governor Abdelrahman AlKhedir and UNMIS Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) George Charpentier today signed a memorandum to strengthen coordination of development activities in the state.

The goal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to bring together key actors in the development sector and coordinate their work in the state, including streamlining principles related to policies, reviews and capacity building processes.

According to the preamble, the MoU aims to improve the "planning, allow better use of resources, fill critical gaps and provide a platform for (...) partnership building, targeting mainly the population displaced in Khartoum, and those who are living below the poverty line residing in or around the newly urbanized and rural areas" of the state.

In his opening speech, Ibnidris Idris, External Relations Coordinator at the State Ministry of Social Development, said that the agreement between the UN Office of the Residential Coordinator and the Khartoum State Government would be an important pillar for coordination in areas like health, education and environment.

"The signing of the MoU is just the kick-off of a long, hard way to go in fighting poverty together," Mr. Idris said.

DSRSG Charpentier said UN agencies were aiming to work closely with state authorities in meeting expectations of Khartoum's population.

"We are glad that this coordination is taking place and we will do our best to convert the theoretical principals into action," Governor AlKhedir said, adding that development projects were expected to be launched within coming months, based on suggestions made by line ministries.