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18 Jul
By: Tanika Jones 1

Guyana First Voluntary National Review High-level

The undertaking of the First Voluntary National Review has been, as expected, a technical, data-intensive process. Guyana has been and remains committed to evidence-based reporting and results-oriented planning. The VNR process aligns with these commitments and further reinforces the importance of strong data systems and institutions. Notwithstanding the late confirmation of Guyana’s participation at the High Level
Political Forum 2019, the country undertook what should have been a nine to twelve month review process in just under six months. A key consideration in developing the VNR is the desire to comprehensively tell Guyana’s story, supported by as much as data as possible.

The review process began with the development of a data collection tool by the Ministry of Finance which was issued in January 2019, to all Budget Agencies. A high-level VNR workshop was also hosted, in March 2019, which sought to improve awareness, understanding and ownership of the SDG Targets, facilitated technical group discussions on indicators and, ultimately, attempted to accelerate the data collection process required to prepare the VNR. Over the subsequent months, the varying capacities across agencies demanded the Ministry of Finance work closely with the Budget Agencies in one-on-one sessions to assist in various capacities including:

1) understanding some of the SDG Targets

2) self-assessing the relevance of existing data and indicators to the SDG Targets

3) developing new indicators based on existing data sets and

4) advising on areas of future focus for planning.

The VNR process, including stakeholder engagement, was also supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Presidency.

First Voluntary National Review High-level

The undertaking of the First Voluntary National Review has been, as expected, a technical, data-intensive process. Guyana has been and remains committed to evidence-based reporting and results-oriented planning. The VNR process aligns with these commitments and further reinforces the importance of strong data systems and institutions. Notwithstanding the late confirmation of Guyana’s participation at the High Level
Political Forum 2019, the country undertook what should have been a nine to twelve month review process in just under six months. A key consideration in developing the VNR is the desire to comprehensively tell Guyana’s story, supported by as much as data as possible.

One Comment

  • Randolph Williams

    Director and Office of the Budget, and all other agencies I commend you for this VNR Report. It is timely and allows comparison with international derived data. However, I would have liked to see all the data sets with information on 2015-the official end of the MDGs. In this way you would have covered the period of the MDGs. However, I appreciate the effort.

    • 3:20 pm - August 2, 2019

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