GETTING TO SPA PROCESS Presented below is a simple plan by kerryisalano


									GETTING TO SPA-6: PROCESS Presented below is a simple plan to develop an SPA-6 paper by January, 2003. Beginning in July, the meeting dates are only indicative, but we hope that the confirmed dates will not differ markedly from those shown in the table. Overview The basic plan is to build the SPA-6 agenda on the discussions we held in Paris at the Plenary. Out of that discussion came a set of ideas that the Secretariat has clustered into six groups of issues. We would then ask one donor or a group of donors to take the responsibility for drafting a short paper (10-15 pages) which would be the basis for a discussion at a workshop in Washington held in conjunction with the spring Technical Group Meetings (proposed for early June). These would summarize the issues and define what this means for the SPA-6 agenda in terms of objectives, actions and expected results. In order to include a strong African participation at this early stage we are proposing that workshop participants should include PRSP Learning Group members if this is at all possible. The issues groups would then modify their papers on the basis of the discussions at the workshop and these papers would be available for a consultation with African stakeholders in mid-July. After these discussions, we would produce a draft SPA-6 paper by September 15, and discuss the paper at a special Plenary to be held in mid-October in conjunction with the Technical Group Meetings. The paper would be finalized and launched at the SPA Plenary in January 2003. Issues Note As a first step the Secretariat has drafted a note summarizing and organizing the discussions we had in Paris at the Plenary into the elements of an agenda for SPA-6 (See “Agenda for SPA-6: Key Issues”). At this point, the issues note mainly offers questions rather than prescriptions. It represents a first effort at filling out the questions that we would expect to be answered over the course of SPA-6. Revising Issues Note The issues note is being sent to all partners and we would hope to get suggested changes and new ideas by March 27. We would then propose to redraft it on the basis of these comments and send the revised version to the issues teams by April 5. Issues Working Groups and Workshop Papers As the Chairman outlined in Paris, we envisage the drafting of the SPA-6 agenda paper to be a joint effort. Accordingly we would like to organize working groups


around each of the clusters of issues laid out in the issues paper. We would expect that each cluster would have a lead donor and would consist of any other donors willing and able to work on the cluster. The main task for each of these issue groups would be to offer suggestions as to what SPA should do to address the questions and issues raised for each cluster. We would propose having these issue groups formed by April 5. Each team would then draft a short paper for the cluster of issues it was working on which would form the basis for a workshop discussion held in conjunction with the spring TG meeting. Consultants could be used if needed. The workshop paper (no more than ten to fifteen pages long) would propose a specific agenda for SPA-6 with respect to this cluster of issues. This paper would describe the critical issues in this area, define the objectives SPA should attempt to achieve, lay out the key elements of a strategy to achieve these results and, finally, develop a set of measurable indicators that would help us to know whether we were achieving our objectives or not. These papers would need to be finalized by May 17. Workshop and TG Meeting On June 4-6 we would propose holding a workshop in Washington in conjunction with the TG meetings to discuss and revise these issue papers. Workshop participants would include the donor delegates to the TG meetings plus members of the PRSP learning group. The workshop would be structured into a first day of breakout sessions in which each cluster would discuss and refine the papers and a final day of plenary where the issues teams would report on changes to the key elements of the issues papers. These papers would then be revised and refined by June 28 and used as inputs into the final paper. African Consultations Around July 16-17, SPA would then hold a consultation with a broad array of stakeholders in Africa. This meeting would include government representatives, civil society and the private sector. Special Plenary A first draft of the full SPA-6 paper would be distributed by mid-September and would be discussed at a special SPA Plenary in mid-October, perhaps in conjunction with a fall TG meeting. The core of the paper will integrate the workshop papers into the agenda for SPA-6. The paper would also include a review of progress in meeting SPA-5 objectives and development prospects in Africa. The paper would be finalized for the launch of SPA-6 at a plenary in January, 2003. A suggested timeline is presented below.


Getting to SPA-6: Suggested Timeline Action Date Circulate Key Issues Note March 11, 2002 Get Responses on Issues Note March 27, 2002 Revise Draft; Establish Issues Teams April 5, 2002 Issues Teams Submit Workshop Papers May 17, 2002 SPA-6 Workshop in Conjunction with TG Meeting June 4-6, 2002 Workshop Papers are Revised June 28, 2002 Africa-based Consultation July 16-17,2002 First Draft of SPA-6 Paper September 15, 2002 Special Plenary to Review Key SPA-6 Conclusions October 15, 2002 Get Final Comments November 15, 2002 Send to Editor December 15, 2002 Publish Final Version Jan 25, 2003


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