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MINDANAO DEVELOPMENT GROUP. Mindanao Development Authority convenes official development assistance (ODA) organizations in the country with programs and projects in Mindanao. Joining the meeting are officials from the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority, Australian Embassy, Canadian International Development Agency, European Union, GIZ, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Programme, UN Resident Coordinator, UN Industrial Development Organization, United States Agency for International Development, and World Bank.

Davao City - Aiming to strengthen aid coordination in Mindanao, the Mindanao Development Authority recently convened official development assistance (ODA) organizations in the country, particularly those with ongoing and upcoming projects in the island-region.

The Mindanao Development Group (MDG) is composed of ODA principals, program managers, and their focal persons for Mindanao, with MinDA as the lead convener.

The preliminary meeting was attended by officials from more than ten (10) ODA organizations and served as a venue for program updating.

“We want to take advantage of our potential collective impact and draw lessons from various project development experiences of our partners at the community level,” said MinDA Secretary Maria Belen S. Acosta.

Among the immediate next steps from the first MDG meet is the creation of a Mindanao Programs and Projects Information system that will harmonize and streamline ODA information from various official sources and make it more accessible to stakeholders.

The database system will likewise serve as an institutionalized platform for information sharing, shared monitoring and evaluation tool for strategic assistance formulation and policy development.

“We want to focus on a government-led yet mutually-owned strategy that is truly responsive to the needs of our communities, and we can better achieve that if our efforts are well-coordinated,” Acosta added.

MinDA, under Republic Act 9996 is mandated to address the need for a coordinated and integrated approach in the formulation and in the implementation of Mindanao-wide, interregional development plans, programs, and projects. This includes coordinating ODA and Public-Private Partnerships or PPP projects.

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