24 February 2022

How to make each taxpayer dollar count more for children

For anybody reading this who is a Jamaican taxpayer, your main concern might be how public funds are spent, and perhaps like UNICEF, you might also care about how they can best achieve positive results for children? In which case you might be happy to hear about something called Results-Based Budgeting (RBB), where ministries allocate resources on…, Training for champion healthcare, Howard: At the MOHW we take a whole life cycle approach and achieving the SDGs is a benefit to the Jamaican people. For instance, if we address child infant mortality, then more children survive – and so our planning must put in place the right interventions to do so. So, the SDGs might sound aspirational in some ways, but they have real life…, Helping children move up through the grades, Viviene: For us in education, RBB is critical for accountability. As planners if someone needs to understand how we arrived at an outcome we can reference the strategic plan and indicators which measure performance. Measurement and evaluation is part of our planning process. At each level you want children to move seamlessly through the system. We…, Raising performance for the future, Howard: MOHW is wanting to become more performance-based and the knowledge gained from the training, such as modelling a theory of change, will help us to do that and strengthen our measurement and evaluation too. Viviene: For viability of a country, a community, a home, the individual himself or herself must focus on preparing the youth, get…, UN and EU optimistic of improved budgeting, Dr. Garry Conille, United Nations Resident Coordinator:  The UN is proud to be supporting the people and Government of Jamaica to improve efficiency, effectiveness and equity in public expenditure and in so doing accelerating the achievement of the SDGs. We are grateful for the financial contribution of the Joint SDG Fund whose donors include: The…