Building a new social contract
UNDP is supporting the Government in the following areas:
Institutional continuity of the Federated States of Micronesia Parliament to fulfil its constitutional mandate with a specific focus on its continuity despite COVID-19 restrictions through:
- strategic and technical advice for review and adaptation of parliamentary procedure to the new working context
- support the development of internal Standard Operating Procedures and Business Continuity Plan to ensure administrative continuity
- assist the digitalization and capacity to work remotely by providing ICT equipment to allow virtual meetings of committees, virtual public consultations and budget discussions.
A specific assistance is proposed on strengthening parliamentary oversight of the Executive response to the pandemic and provide a ‘surge’ capacity to conduct an independent parliamentary budget analysis on COVID-19 response packages through the Pacific Floating Budget Office, especially on cross-cutting thematic issues such as gender inclusivity and climate change finance.
Provision of technical policy and advisory support on COVID-19 and corruption. An advisory note on ‘COVID-19 and Corruption in the Pacific’ has been prepared and distributed to Pacific governments. A series of COVID-19 activities are being implemented, including in relation to addressing the procurement risks, capacity building for corruption risk assessment in the health sector, alerting of human-rights implications of corruption under COVID-19 and awareness raising of COVID-19 corruption risks across all sectors of society.
Support the extensive review of the Freedom of Information Bill and a virtual webinar on advancing the Right to Information in the country, including specific deliberations on the COVID-19 implication to the right to information.
Provide technical and policy support to develop the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. The anti-corruption policy is expected to serve as a critical instrument in addressing corruption risks beyond COVID19.