In accordance with decision 16/COP.11, the secretariat and the Global Mechanism have implemented a number of improvements to the performance review and assessment of implementation system (PRAIS). The goal of these changes is to make the reporting and review process simpler and more effective and sharply increase the quantity and quality of information to be reviewed by the CRIC.
Among the main improvements for the 2014 reporting exercise:
PRAIS online facilities
- Reduced number of performance indicators: in accordance to the feedback provided by Parties on e-smart criteria, some performance indicators have been discarded. For other indicators, the compilation will be done by the secretariat or the GM on the basis of information provided by country Parties in their reports. As a result of this process, the number of performance indicators has been reduced from 14 to 11 for affected country Parties (ACPs), and from 10 to 8 for developed country Parties (DCPs).
- Unified financial annex: the format for reporting on financial flows has been significantly simplified and enhanced, with the merging of the Standard Financial Annex and Programme and Project Sheet into one Unified Financial Annex. The number of required fields has thus been reduced by 70% and the number of Relevant Activity Codes by 60%.
- Simplified templates: reporting templates for country Parties and other reporting entities have been revisited according to the completeness of reports submitted in the last two reporting cycles, the analysis made of the information and its actual use according to the analytical framework, and its utility in the review process at CRIC 9 and CRIC 11. The number of required fields has thus been reduced by 40% in the ACP template, and by 65% in the DCP template.
- Separate reporting manual: reporting guidelines have been revised and compiled in a separate manual, which will be made available online in the six UN official languages. The new layout of the reporting template makes it an effective tool for communication, awareness-raising and advocacy at national and international levels.
- Improved online reporting platform: The format of the new reporting templates (fillable Adobe Live PDF) facilitates off-line compilation of reports, and makes the submission more user friendly. Draft reports can be saved and edited off-line if required, and be uploaded by National Focal Points or reporting officers through a new secure online submission facility. It is planned that the new online reporting platform will be open for submissions of reports starting from May 2014, while access to the old PRAIS portal will be discontinued for the time of the reporting.
- Knowledge management and information sharing: the new PRAIS platform will also have a clear function in disseminating valuable convention-related information for local and national decision-making on DLDD. To this end, it is planned that the PRAIS platform will be equipped with data mining functionalities starting from July 2014.
- Global Support Programme: UNEP, in consultation with the secretariat and the GM, will submit a proposal for a Global Support Programme (GSP) for consideration by the GEF. The programme aims at developing further the national capacity to monitor the implementation of action programmes and to report to the governing bodies of the UNCCD; and improving knowledge management and information sharing at national, regional and global levels. Technical assistance on the 2014 reporting process is expected to be delivered mainly through a training workshop in each Regional Implementation Annex and enhanced capacity of our Regional Coordination Units.
- Helpdesk service: Similar to the previous reporting exercises, an online help-desk facility, including a section on questions and answers, is available to promptly respond to queries from Parties and other reporting entities. Other services will be made available through the Capacity-Building Marketplace as relevant.
- GEF funding for enabling activities: The GSP is expected to complement the GEF funding for enabling activities on reporting and alignment. Those countries that have not requested such funding are kindly invited to undertake the necessary actions to secure the same. More information is available on the GEF website in this regard.
Country Parties are kindly requested to officially communicate to the secretariat any changes in the National Focal Point
and country reporting officer (full name, affiliation, email address and other contact details), in order to facilitate access to the online platform in due time for them to upload the national report.
Country parties are kindly informed that, in order to compile and analyze the information submitted and prepare for the next session of the CRIC, national reports are expected to be submitted via the online facility by 30 June 2014.