Transport Sector-Wide Approach (t-SWAp) Secretariat.

Background

The idea to initiate the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) was in line with the desire by  the Government of Rwanda (GoR) and Development Partners to increase Aid Effectiveness in line with the Rome Declaration of February 2003 and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness on March 2, 2005 to which GoR is signatory. This is also in line with the aspirations of Rwanda Aid Policy issued in 2006. The GoR and its Development Partners adopted SWAps to support the development of Rwanda’s programs that are based on Rwanda’s Vision 2020 and the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS).

To realize the benefits of coherent coordination and Aid effectiveness, Transport sector SWAp Secretariat Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 23rd June 2009; and was set up with the following objectives;

Overall Objectives:

To coordinate the activities of the Transport sector, the Government of Rwanda and its Development Partners maintain regular dialogue through the Development Partners Coordination Group (DPCG), the highest level of Coordination structure in Rwanda with regular meetings co-chaired by the Government and Development Partners. This is complemented with a series of Sector Working Group (SWG), which provide a forum for Technical discussion. Therefore, the Transport Secretariat (tSWAP) in its mandate and responsibility is to coordinate the Sector activities and programs.

Currently the Transport Sector is chaired by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Co-chaired by African Development Bank (AfDB).

Specific Objectives:

§  Coordinate and facilitate all activities of the Transport Sector and act as the focal point of Transport Sector Working Group;

§  Follow–up the implementation and prepare regular reports on the progress in collaboration with Transport Agencies;

§  Participate in the elaboration of Policies, Strategies and Programs by maintaining close collaboration between the Ministry in charge of infrastructure, Development Partners and Transport Agencies;

§  Follow- up on all projects financed by external institutions and follow on the implementation of each project;

§  Prepare and circulate in advance appropriate documents and materials for SWG meetings relevant to the agenda and prepare Meeting Minutes, and ensure regular information sharing with the Development Partners coordination group and other groups in support of enhanced Policy dialogue;

§  Participate in preparation of new project proposals, feasibility studies and ensure they are submitted to relevant stakeholders;

§  Assist in the development and monitoring of the Transport Sector log frame including activities, processes, inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts;

§  Identification and monitoring key indicators and targets in Transport sector, taking into account specific reporting requirements to government institutions and Development Partners;

§  Record and report progress on transport sector projects and objectives and communicate it in a timely manner to the transport sector management;

§  Determining information needs for the transport sector management, development partners, and other government institutions;

§  Assist in preparing sector specific evaluation studies (value for money studies, impact analysis etc)

.