Tools for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in Small States

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Tools for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in Small States provides a thorough grounding in bringing sustainable development to the forefront of policy-making.

By taking a cross-departmental approach to national planning, more human and financial resources would be available for policy implementation. This is of particular relevance to small states, as they have limited access to resources and are by nature inherently vulnerable.

The book is divided into four parts. Part one explores how small states can move from the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI) to devising practical national strategies; part two addresses the need for legislative change; part three tackles the social and environmental aspects of progress with MSI; and finally, part four examines methods for monitoring progress.

Contributors to the chapters range from international academics to economists, providing both a theoretical and practical approach. Through case study examples from small states, this book offers invaluable insights into the complexities of implementing sustainable development.



A practical integrated framework for mainstreaming

The failure to link policy, planning and budgeting is often the single most important cause of poor development outcomes in developing countries. The Pacific Island Leaders have endorsed two separate frameworks to help address the challenge of national development. The first is through co-ordinated domestic and development partner resources: the second is through national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) and ecosystem-based management (EBM) frameworks. Strengthening of NSDS has been promoted as part of improving national planning and budgetary processes, while EBM has been promoted as part of efforts for resource and environmental conservation. The Leaders have also endorsed the ForumEight Principles of Good Governance. One of the core principles of this is the use of medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) for allocation of domestic resources to priority policy areas. Countries have made efforts to implement these, usually independently, a result of which is the continued concern about the countries’ abilities systematically to develop and implement development strategies and effectively to use limited domestic resources and development partner support to produce development outcomes.


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