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Revealing the Progress of the Pilot Cities: First Monitoring Reports Are In

Revealing the Progress of the Pilot Cities: First Monitoring Reports Are In
14/12/2011

The DELGOSEA project team has been eagerly awaiting the first monitoring reports – what would be revealed after the first visits to the pilot cities in October? Are all cities on track with their implementation schedules or are there – heaven forbid – unexpected problems or delays?

The DELGOSEA project team has been eagerly awaiting the first monitoring reports – what would be revealed after the first visits to the pilot cities in October? Are all cities on track with their implementation schedules or are there – heaven forbid – unexpected problems or delays?

After reading the first reports from Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia, there was a collective sigh of relief – no nasty surprises, no sudden difficulties. It was clear that each pilot city had been well accompanied on their way to a successful implementation and that, with some additional training and other capacity building measures, they would finish their tasks on time. In some cities, for example Kupang, Indonesia, one of several towns replicating the Eco-Savers project from the Philippines, the activities have just begun, and the towns are keeping to a tight schedule. Others, in particular Pangkal Pinang, also in Indonesia, are ahead of schedule, replanting mangrove saplings and cultivating freshwater fish, taking their inspiration from the mariculture project in Tubigon, Bohol (Philippines).

In some cases there are slight delays caused by adverse circumstances – the extended and heavy rainy season forced the postponement of some activities in Vinh City, Vietnam. Sangkat Choam Chao in Cambodia experienced similar difficulties. Technical problems, i.e. unstable internet connections, proved a challenge for Tra Vinh in Vietnam, a town that is implementing Yogyakarta’s ambitious e-government best practice.

There is, however, one concern echoing through nearly all the reports: coordination and communication – between different government agencies, departments and working groups – is not always functioning as well as it should. This has not yet caused serious problems, but the DELGOSEA project team will keep a close eye on this issue and look at ways to resolve these problems in each individual case.