The 2017 meeting of the Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) endorsed the establishment the Pacific Regional Statistics Partnership Program (PRSPP) and of a Five-Year National Statistics Collection Plan, aimed at providing a very clear and transparent programme that could be shared with all partners and stakeholders. This would then assist in facilitating the development of effective partnerships to improve planning and coordination among all NSOs, partners and TA providers. It would also provide a forum for the discussion of funding and resource mobilisation for the core statistical collection programme.
The Australian and New Zealand Governments continue to be the two main funding agencies for regional statistics development in the Pacific.
The Donor and Development Partner Group (DDPG) is therefore an important component in the Regional Statistics Governance Framework. This technical working group helps to ensure that all relevant development partners have a regular forum through which to provide direct inputs into statistics governance in the Pacific, and to better coordinate their actions and resources in support of statistical developments.
The DDPG will normally meet annually, and prior to the meetings of either PSSC or HOPS, thus also providing a platform for greater and more consistent engagement by donors and development partners with PICTs and NSOs.
SPC-SDD, as an intermediary between its Member States and their development partners will be responsible for convening the annual donor and development partner group meeting.