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UN Agency Advised In Tsunami Study


Keep Helping Country Offices Show Results, UN Agency Advised In Tsunami Study

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should continue to devise tools to help country offices manage projects and demonstrate results, a top financial advisory company said among its many recommendations in a final report on the agency’s oversight of tsunami relief and reconstruction.

Concluding six months of pro-bono advisory assistance to UNDP, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS), a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) advised UNDP in its efforts to maximize the efficiency and transparency of its tsunami resources.

“With this generous help from the DTT member firms, we have been able to stretch our precious resources even further,” said Kemal Dervis, Administrator of UNDP. “Their assistance has enabled us to be faster and more effective in all aspects of our tsunami reconstruction projects.”

More than 60 full-time and short-term technical specialists representing seven DTT member firms from the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand donated more than 14,000 hours to provide a variety of focused advisory services to UNDP from 4 April to 1 November.

Recommendations in the final report ranged from the augmentation of procurement resources, to rationalization of country office procedures to training local level employees in various kinds of management tools.

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