Santo Domingo Este City Council and UNDP sign an agreement that will promote the municipality's socioeconomic recovery
by UNDP Dominican Republic | 5 October 2020
The Santo Domingo Este City Council (ASDE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to develop joint initiatives in favor of the integral and sustainable development of the municipality in the areas of: strengthening of MSMEs, increase of productivity and resilience against COVID-19, disaster risk management, gender equality, and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Santo Domingo This is the second most populated municipality in the country, fundamentally urban, and with important development challenges linked to the goals proposed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the priorities of the National Development Strategy (END).
According to data from the Quality of Life Index (ICV), 25.7% of the households in this municipality are in conditions of poverty. Furthermore, in the face of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the municipality has been considerably impacted. According to data from the Ministry of Public Health, some neighborhoods in the area have reported a high incidence of COVID-19, as well as other communicable diseases, such as malaria, affecting productivity and economic development.
In this scenario, as part of the United Nations' socio-economic recovery strategy, UNDP will support the Santo Domingo Este City Council, from a comprehensive perspective and supported by the transfer of capacities, which allow the permanent and sustainable transformation of the city council.
This joint work will favor compliance with the 8 management areas prioritized by the Municipal Public Administration Monitoring System (SISMAP): human resources, development planning and programming, budget and finance, purchasing and contracting, quality of spending in the budget execution and internal control, access to information and participatory budgeting and affidavits of assets of municipal public officials.
To respond to the impact of COVID-19 in the country and promote the localization of the 2030 Agenda, UNDP and the Santo Domingo Este City Council will develop these actions as part of the medium and long-term socio-economic recovery strategy of the municipality, creating a nexus between the emergency and recovery phases towards a new normal that is more resilient, sustainable and inclusive.
“In this context, UNDP presents the integrated offer of services for local governments, focused on solutions to strengthen the internal management capacities of municipalities in the face of the current crisis and the improvement of institutional resilience, social dialogue and territorial governance, through the search for national and international alliances to achieve the SDGs and innovation, ”said Inka Mattila, UNDP resident representative.
Increasing and strengthening the management capacities of local governments requires the establishment of new mechanisms and tools for municipal administration, as well as the generation of local development policy processes that contribute to the transformation of traditional municipal management, without leave no one behind.
Photo by Alina Flores (UNDP Dominican Republic): The Santo Domingo Este City Council (ASDE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to develop joint initiatives in favor of the integral and sustainable development of the municipality in the areas of strengthening of MSMEs, increase of productivity and resilience against COVID-19, disaster risk management, gender equality, and inclusion of people with disabilities.