On October 12, 2021, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and in partnership with UNDP in Tajikistan held the first meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group "Gender Equality" of the National Development Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
At the meeting, the members of the Interdepartmental Working Group got acquainted with the role of the National Development Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan as a platform for elaboration of common sustainable development, the functions and role of the Working Group, which is represented by government bodies, development partners, the private sector and public organizations.
The participants of the first meeting of the Working Group discussed gender equality issues, including achievements and challenges faced by the Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in the framework of the implementation of the Medium-Term Development Program for 2016-2020 and other sectoral programs, taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In particular, during the meeting, the monitoring and evaluation system of the MTDP for 2021-2025 was presented, its main differences from the monitoring and evaluation system of the MTDP for 2016-2020 were discussed, as well as the integration of the SDGs into the development of sectoral programs.
At the end of the meeting, a training was held to increase the capacity of the members of the Working Group, which lasted until October 13. The aim of the training is to educate participants in the basics of strategic sectoral planning, resource mobilization, as well as a monitoring and evaluation system.
In order to improve the monitoring and reporting system for the implementation of national, sectoral and local development programs and SDGs, the Secretariat of the Council of the National Development Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan forms Interdepartmental Working Groups consisting of representatives of sectoral ministries and departments, public organizations, as well as development partners. In total, 14 Interdepartmental Working Groups of the National Development Council were formed in accordance with the selected sectoral development areas, covering the priorities of the National Development Strategy for the period up to 2030 and the SDGs.