Presenting the Government of Montserrat’s
Policy Agenda
The Montserrat Cultural Centre
November 11, 2015
Montserrat Consul...
‘Expenditure depends on policy.’
- Benjamin Disraeli
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Presentation Road Map
• Montserrat’s Country System
• The SDP as Anchor
• Developing the GoM Policy Agenda
• What is the P...
MONTSERRAT'S COUNTRY
SYSTEM
The National Development Plan
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Sustainable Development Plan
The National Vision
“A healthy and wholesome
Montserrat, founded upon a
thriving modern econo...
Sustainable Development Plan
• SDP is comprised of foregoing National Vision, Strategic
Goals, and National Outcomes
• The...
Alignment between SDP Goals and SDG Areas
SDP Goals Proposed SDGs
Goal 1: Prudent Economic Management Goal 2: End hunger a...
The Sustainable Development Plan (SDP):
Key Facts
• Long-term, National Development Plan spanning 2008-
2020
• Recognises ...
DEVELOPING THE GOM
POLICY AGENDA
How was the content derived?
9
What is the Policy Agenda?
• Policy is a hydra – many levels and components
• ‘A course or principle of action adopted or ...
Origins Policy Agenda
• Government has outlined its agenda in some important
episodes of policy communication
• Budget Aid...
Origins Policy Agenda
• A mapping from these key documents was done where the
many Policy Priorities outlined were transla...
Our Direction of Travel
• Some indication of the outcomes the government expects
must be given and the structure of the fi...
PUTTING THE POLICY
AGENDA TO WORK
What are the uses of the Agenda?
14
Uses of the Policy Agenda
• Used by the Ministry of Finance and Economic
Management to develop the Medium Term Economic an...
Uses of the Policy Agenda
• The Agenda is an important tool used to achieve coordination
between different, but parallel p...
Uses of the Policy Agenda
• The Agenda plays a critical role in guiding the preparation
of GoM Strategic Plans
• New spend...
The Policy Agenda Supports Prioritisation
18
Prioritising when the needs are many
• ‘What steer has Cabinet given?’
• There are 3 main questions
• What should be on th...
Prioritising when the needs are many
20
• There isn’t any one way to prioritise. Rather an approach has be
selected, agree...
Prioritising when the needs are many
21
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE
AGENDA
The content of GoM Policy Agenda 2016/17-2018/19
22
The Priorities by the Numbers
• Priorities outlined in the Agenda span the 5 SDP Goals
• 44 Priorities in first iteration,...
The Structure of the Agenda
24
Goal 1: Prudent Economic Management
• 1.1 To change the development focus from post-
volcano mode to developing and implem...
Goal 1: Prudent Economic Management
• 1.3 Identification of obstacles to doing business and
sequenced plans implemented fo...
Goal 2: Enhanced Human Development
• 2.1 Increased access to essential medical services through
leveraging technology as w...
Goal 2: Enhanced Human Development
• 2.5 An equitable social protection framework which transitions
those able to work bac...
Goal 3:Sustainable Environmental
Management and Appropriate Disaster
Mitigation Practices
• 3.1 Improved legislation, gove...
Goal 4: Good Governance
• 4.1 Strengthened transparency, accountability and
public engagement within the national
Governan...
Goal 5: Increased Population
• 5.1 Rebuilt communities which embrace diversity
and enable population growth to develop a
s...
CONCLUSION
The Policy Agenda and the Big Picture
32
Parting Thoughts
• Having objective criteria for the items on the priority list
makes the process of prioritisation much e...
Policy and Planning Department
Office of the Premier
Government Headquarters
Brades
Montserrat
estwicka@gov.ms
henrya@gov....
THANK YOU!
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Presenting the Government of Montserrat's Policy Agenda

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  • 1. Presenting the Government of Montserrat’s Policy Agenda The Montserrat Cultural Centre November 11, 2015 Montserrat Consultation on the Caribbean Multi- Country Sustainable Development Framework Astley Henry Senior Policy Analyst The Policy and Planning Division Office of the Premier
  • 2. ‘Expenditure depends on policy.’ - Benjamin Disraeli 2
  • 3. Presentation Road Map • Montserrat’s Country System • The SDP as Anchor • Developing the GoM Policy Agenda • What is the Policy Agenda? • Origins of the Agenda? • Putting the Policy Agenda to Work • Uses of the Policy Agenda • Prioritisation • A Closer Look at the Agenda • Reviewing the Policy Objectives by SDP Goal • Conclusion • Parting Thoughts 3
  • 4. MONTSERRAT'S COUNTRY SYSTEM The National Development Plan 4
  • 5. Sustainable Development Plan The National Vision “A healthy and wholesome Montserrat, founded upon a thriving modern economy with a friendly, vibrant community, in which all our people through enterprise and initiative, can fulfil their hopes in a truly democratic and God-fearing society.” 5
  • 6. Sustainable Development Plan • SDP is comprised of foregoing National Vision, Strategic Goals, and National Outcomes • There are 5 Goals 6
  • 7. Alignment between SDP Goals and SDG Areas SDP Goals Proposed SDGs Goal 1: Prudent Economic Management Goal 2: End hunger and achieve food security (agricultural promotion) Goal 7: Affordable, reliable and sustainable Energy Goal 8: Sustainable Growth and Employment Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure Goal 10: Reduced inequality Goal 17: Strengthen global partnership for SD (debt management, trade and aid) Goal 2: Enhanced Human Development Goal 1: End Poverty in all its forms Goal 2: End hunger and achieve food security (nutrition security) Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being Goal 4: Inclusive, Equitable Education Goal 5: Gender Equity and Empowerment Goal 11: Safe, inclusive human settlements Goal 3: Sustainable Environmental Management and Appropriate Disaster Mitigation Practices Goal 6: Sustainable Water and Sanitation Goal 12: Sustainable Production and Consumption Goal 13: Climate change mitigation Goal 14: Sustainable use of marine resources Goal 15: Protection of terrestrial systems Goal 4: Good Governance Goal 17: Strengthen global partnership for SD (policy coherence and capacity building) 7
  • 8. The Sustainable Development Plan (SDP): Key Facts • Long-term, National Development Plan spanning 2008- 2020 • Recognises the huge development challenges resulting from recovery from a natural disaster of some magnitude • Followed best practice in national development planning - participatory, consultative, consensus building • Montserrat has achieved something many other countries in the region have not • 2014 PEFA indicated that the linkages between priorities and budgeting need strengthening 8
  • 9. DEVELOPING THE GOM POLICY AGENDA How was the content derived? 9
  • 10. What is the Policy Agenda? • Policy is a hydra – many levels and components • ‘A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organization or individual.’ Oxford English Dictionary Online • ‘Government policy’ can be used to describe any course of action which intends to change a certain situation.’ – UK Centre for Management and Policy Studies, 2011 • The Policy Agenda is a high level statement of Government’s commitments, done with results based management principles in mind. 10
  • 11. Origins Policy Agenda • Government has outlined its agenda in some important episodes of policy communication • Budget Aid Mission Policy Priorities • January 2015 • At least 33 priorities/commitments identified • Budget Speech 2015/16 • Revive, Rebuild and Restore: Destiny Calls, Let Us Arise • Outlined Government’s ambitious programme in a wide number of areas 11
  • 12. Origins Policy Agenda • A mapping from these key documents was done where the many Policy Priorities outlined were translated in Policy Objectives • In several working sessions, Cabinet played a central role in shaping the focus and detail of the Agenda • Senior technicians in many areas have also provided helpful feedback 12
  • 13. Our Direction of Travel • Some indication of the outcomes the government expects must be given and the structure of the final Agenda helps us ‘programme’ these outcomes • It was best to adhere to the parsimony principle in stating the objectives • This means a simpler objective statement with the detail left to Ministry, Department and Agency Strategic Plans • The Agenda was approved by Cabinet on September 30, 2015 13
  • 14. PUTTING THE POLICY AGENDA TO WORK What are the uses of the Agenda? 14
  • 15. Uses of the Policy Agenda • Used by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management to develop the Medium Term Economic and Fiscal Outlook Statement • Provides a clear guide for Ministries, Departments and Agencies as they develop lower level policies • Aids Government in maintaining the integrity of its policy direction • The Agenda supports the entrenchment of a more disciplined approach to priorities 15
  • 16. Uses of the Policy Agenda • The Agenda is an important tool used to achieve coordination between different, but parallel planning processes 16
  • 17. Uses of the Policy Agenda • The Agenda plays a critical role in guiding the preparation of GoM Strategic Plans • New spends in the budget submissions must be based on Key Strategies, which in turn are derived from the priorities outlined in the Agenda 17
  • 18. The Policy Agenda Supports Prioritisation 18
  • 19. Prioritising when the needs are many • ‘What steer has Cabinet given?’ • There are 3 main questions • What should be on the list? • For what time period? • What order should the items come in? • There are a few different ways this can be achieved • What is important is to consistently apply criteria 19
  • 20. Prioritising when the needs are many 20 • There isn’t any one way to prioritise. Rather an approach has be selected, agreed among stakeholders and applied uniformly. • Common rules of thump based on institutional knowledge: • Is priority an easily achievable task (EAT)? Or be hard to achieve in short to medium term (graduation from budget support for example)? • Does priority have separate, committed resourcing from a Development Partner? • Is the priority simply unaffordable due to very large price tag? • Use performance data to scope what you think can be achieved by priority (remember that exogenous factors do affect outcomes, for instance the impact of the rainfall on agricultural productivity) • Sequencing – framework is for 3 years, so some priorities could be in year 2 or 3 • 3Es Framework – favourite of policy planners
  • 21. Prioritising when the needs are many 21
  • 22. A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGENDA The content of GoM Policy Agenda 2016/17-2018/19 22
  • 23. The Priorities by the Numbers • Priorities outlined in the Agenda span the 5 SDP Goals • 44 Priorities in first iteration, now 23 • By SDP Goal Area these are: • Prudent Economic Management: 6 Priorities • Enhanced Human Development: 9 Priorities • Sustainable Environmental Management and Appropriate Disaster Management Practices: 3 Priorities • Good Governance: 3 Priorities • Increased Population: 2 Priorities • Recommendation was for a small number… 23
  • 24. The Structure of the Agenda 24
  • 25. Goal 1: Prudent Economic Management • 1.1 To change the development focus from post- volcano mode to developing and implementing plans focused on sustainable self-sufficiency that capture the spirit of Montserrat’s past and preserve Montserrat’s culture including enhancing relationships within the region and with key development partners. • 1.2 Priority sectors for generating foreign direct investment identified including those that leverage Montserrat’s unique assets and character and implement appropriate sector strategies. 25
  • 26. Goal 1: Prudent Economic Management • 1.3 Identification of obstacles to doing business and sequenced plans implemented for their removal and mitigation. • 1.4 Priority infrastructure for generating economic growth identified and plans put in place to deliver. • 1.5 Local resources unlocked to stimulate growth in domestic business. • 1.6 The diaspora and the expatriate community engaged in national development. 26
  • 27. Goal 2: Enhanced Human Development • 2.1 Increased access to essential medical services through leveraging technology as well as direct service provision. • 2.2 Increased and expanded health promotion services to reduce public health concerns, to reduce the incidence and effect of non-communicable diseases, and to improve the care of the elderly. • 2.3 Strengthened community-based treatment programs for vulnerable groups of society. • 2.4 Education provision improved to raise educational outcomes to be regionally and internationally competitive and equip people for sustainable livelihoods. 27
  • 28. Goal 2: Enhanced Human Development • 2.5 An equitable social protection framework which transitions those able to work back into the labour market while adequately supporting those unable to work. • 2.6 Improved access to affordable housing for low and middle income residents. • 2.7 Increased social housing stock supported by an equitable allocation policy. • 2.8 Enhanced youth development through national programs including sports. • 2.9 Increased protection of our children and vulnerable youth. 28
  • 29. Goal 3:Sustainable Environmental Management and Appropriate Disaster Mitigation Practices • 3.1 Improved legislation, governance framework, capacity, scientific monitoring and outreach to sustainably manage environmental resources (terrestrial and marine) and make the island a centre of excellence in environmental and volcanic research. • 3.2 Increased focus on mitigating disasters in addition to strengthening preparedness and emergency response. • 3.3 Physical infrastructure, including housing, designed and built for resilience against disasters and climate change conditions. 29
  • 30. Goal 4: Good Governance • 4.1 Strengthened transparency, accountability and public engagement within the national Governance Framework. • 4.2 Public Service reformed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of essential public services. • 4.3 Montserrat’s reputation preserved as a just, safe and secure place to live and visit. 30
  • 31. Goal 5: Increased Population • 5.1 Rebuilt communities which embrace diversity and enable population growth to develop a sustainable Montserrat. • 5.2 Essential skills attracted and retained through immigration management and training. 31
  • 32. CONCLUSION The Policy Agenda and the Big Picture 32
  • 33. Parting Thoughts • Having objective criteria for the items on the priority list makes the process of prioritisation much easier. • As always, the items are being evaluated in the context of attainment of the 5 Goals in our National Development Plan, the SDP. • The development community, including DfID, is becoming more serious about the linkages between priorities, planning and resources and results. 33
  • 34. Policy and Planning Department Office of the Premier Government Headquarters Brades Montserrat estwicka@gov.ms henrya@gov.ms ppd@gov.ms http://ppd.gov.ms/ Connect with Us 34
  • 35. THANK YOU! 35

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