Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation at ECLAC
In comparison with other programmes and funds available to ECLAC in support to the development needs of Latin America and Caribbean countries such as those coming from the Regular Budget, the Development Account or other extra-budgetary projects, RPTC is the only instrument with the necessary flexibility that enables ECLAC to rapidly respond to the unanticipated development needs and short term demands of countries in the region which require quick and effective action. Consequently, and due to the flexible nature of its programming, it allows ECLAC to provide an agile response to the needs of the beneficiary countries in an optimal manner and with immediate impact on their activities.
How does ECLAC support MDG achievement through RPTC?
All activities undertaken in the framework of ECLAC’s technical cooperation programmes and projects, including the RPTC, are geared towards assisting countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in their efforts to achieve the internationally agreed development goals including those derived from the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit. In particular, activities such as training courses, technical workshops and seminars, advisory missions, methodological support, fellowships and field projects funded by the RPTC aim at generating specific impact at regional, national or local level to support beneficiaries in the implementation of actions contributing to the achievement of the MDGs.
The current priorities of ECLAC in this respect are:
a) The consolidation of progress achieved in the macroeconomic front to restore growth and stability, to reduce vulnerability and to respond to the current economic crisis
(b) The strengthening of financing for development to respond to current and medium-term financial needs both by increasing funding sources and developing financial and capital markets;
(c) An improvement in the region’s participation in the international economy through trade, integration and international cooperation;
(d) An increase of the region’s productive potential through innovation to achieve convergence and reduce the pervasive productivity gap;
(d) The promotion of a broad fiscal covenant to strengthen social equity, inclusion and universalize social protection systems;
(e) The enhancement of gender mainstreaming in public policies;
(f) The integration of sustainable development and energy efficiency in economic policies;
(g) The assessment of the socio-economic impacts of climate change as a basis for mitigation and adaptation programmes; and
(h) The strengthening of medium-term development strategies in the context of the revitalization of the role of the State in the 21st century.
How does RPTC contribute to the development needs of Latin America and Caribbean Countries?
Given the comparative advantage of RPTC and the flexible nature of its programming to promote quick-impact development interventions, this fund allows ECLAC to support a very broad number of beneficiaries in the region, including government authorities and technical staff at the regional, national and local levels, NGOs and civil society through the provision of advisory services, capacity building programmes and technical assistance in support of the short-term development needs in an effective and quick fashion. To illustrate, RPTC allows the deployment of highly specialized quick-response teams to evaluate the socio-economic and environmental impacts of extreme natural phenomena such as hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, and pandemics among others, and facilitates recovery efforts in affected countries and the development of risk reduction and mitigation plans. At the same time, it is a mechanism used to support countries in their efforts to confront external shocks of diverse nature, such as the increase in the price of food, energy or to find the best ways of responding to the current economic and financial crisis.
Additionally, ECLAC also contributes to promoting regional/sub-regional cooperation to address the common development challenges of the region in a harmonized and collaborative fashion.
Areas of our work under RPTC:
- International and regional trade policy, regional integration and cooperation
- Macroeconomic development
- Social equity and social development
- Population development
- Sustainable development with particular emphasis on adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its impact
- Sustainable management of natural resources
- Evaluation of the socio-economic impacts of natural disasters and risk management
- Sustainable development in the Caribbean