The initial NSDP, launched in 2007, was the first version of the overarching National planning framework. This work was followed by the second version (NSDP 2011-2015) which helped to mainstream the NSDP into the national budgeting process.
The new iteration now being developed marks an evolution in government policy and planning. The focal point of the new NSDP 2016+ is 16 National Development Goals. These goals are consistent with previous NSDPs explaining the Cook Islands’ aspirations in 16 readily identifiable sector based target areas:
1. Improve the welfare of all, reducing inequity and economic hardship. 2. Expand economic opportunities, improve economic resilience, and productive employment to ensure decent work for all 3. Improve and sustainably management of water and sanitation. 4. Build resilient infrastructure and ICT to improve the standard of living 5. Improve access to affordable, sustainable, renewable, modern energy and transport 6. Improve health and promote healthy lifestyles. 7. Improve inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities 8. Accelerate gender equality, empower all women and girls, and protect the rights of the vulnerable 9. Encourage the preservation of Cook Islands traditions, history & language and develop Cook Islands Maori culture, local knowledge and cultural industries. 10. Promote a sustainable population engaged in development by Cook Islanders for Cook Islanders. 11. Improve food security, improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. 12. Strengthen resilience to combat the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. 13. Promote sustainable practices in business and development and manage solid and hazardous waste. 14. Encourage the sustainable use and conservation of ocean, lagoon and marine resources. 15. Promote sustainable land use, management of terrestrial ecosystems, and halt biodiversity loss. 16. Promote a peaceful and just society for all, supporting a vibrant civil society and ensure good governance. “The goals of the new NSDP are a scorecard for our development. It will allow us to measure objectively whether we are actually better off and whether we have truly progressed as a nation,” the Office of the Prime Minister said in a media release.
“This builds on previous NSDPs with the intention of improving monitoring and evaluation and making them more relevant. This new format was developed through consultations with government, civil society organisations and the private sector.”
The development goals that make up the new NSDP will be underpinned by specific key indicators, with these indicators representing the policy priorities for development across each sector.
“To determine these priority indicators, government is looking to engage with the key stakeholders and the public in meetings starting today and ranging over the next month,” the media release said.
“These meetings will determine which indicators and priorities will be included as part of the NSDP framework. Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the process of identifying our policy priorities.”
More details on the consultation schedule will be published over the next week and available on www.pmoffice.gov.ck