World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2015). Programme Budget Matters: Budget 2014-2015-Implementation and mid-term review - SEA/RC68/3. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/180776
This working paper provides information on the implementation status of Programme Budget 2014–2015. It covers both technical and financial aspects of implementation. The initial section of the paper provides an overview of progress towards the achievement of outputs based on the new results chain under the Twelfth General Programme of work 2014–2019 during the mid-term review carried out at the end of 2014. The latter part of the paper deals with financial implementation up to 31 May 2015. The approved Programme Budget 2014–2015 for the WHO South-East Asia Region is US$ 340 million, and the revised budget is US$ 378.6 million. Operational budget as per approved workplans is US$ 366.5 million. Total distributed resources as of 31 May 2015 are US$ 349.4 million; implementation (expenditure) stands at US$ 195 million, which is 51.5% of the allocated budget and 56% of the resources. Funds utilization (encumbrances plus expenditure) stands at US$ 233.8 million.This working paper also discusses the problem of uneven distribution of resources that persists in many Member States as well as across technical areas. Countries such as Bangladesh, India and Timor-Leste have, at this point in time, mobilized resources up to 100% of their budgeted figures, whereas Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand, for example, have currently managed to mobilize funds to support 76–85% of their budgets.The distribution of funds to Categories and programme areas continues to be uneven. While Categories 5 and 6 have already received funds close to 100% of their budgets, Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4 have received close to 90%.The Eighth Meeting of the Subcommittee on Policy and Programme Development and Management (SPPDM), held at the WHO Regional Office in New Delhi on 3 July 2015, reviewed the attached working paper and made the following recommendations:Actions by Member States(1)Activate/strengthen WHO–MoH joint coordination committees with involvement of senior level official(s) of the ministries of health to accelerate implementation of WHO collaborative activities; and(2)Work with WHO country offices to further ensure timely delivery of DFC and other inputs to help convert encumbrances (currently over US$ 34 million) into expenditures to achieve higher implementation of the Region before the end of the biennium.Actions by WHO(1)Share the “List of issues and challenges in implementation and suggested solutions” with WHO country offices; and WHO Representatives to brief the concerned national authorities accordingly;(2)Discussions to be held with country office staff and advice provided for solutions to implementation issues during Administration and Programme Review missions to countries;(3)Prepare and finalize workplans before the Sixty-eighth Session of the Regional Committee, so that activities related to implementation for 2016–2017 may be started before the beginning of the biennium itself; and(4)Review procurement processes and avoid duplication to fast-track the implementation; and streamline recruitment processes.The working paper and SPPDM recommendations are submitted to the Sixty-eighth Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.