EU and UNDP promote South-South cooperation among Portuguese speaking countries

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The European Union and UNDP promote South-South cooperation among the six Portuguese speaking countries from the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, responding to the acronym of PALOP-TL (Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa e Timor-Leste).

 
The PALOP-TL group is composed of five African countries using Portuguese as official language (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe) and East Timor, in the South-Western Pacific. The PALOP Group is one of the oldest and most cohesive ACP groupings. The five African countries began working together more closely in the 1970s. Their longstanding cooperation covers now a large spectrum of themes including cultural, economic, social, and political components. East Timor became the sixth member of the group in 2007. 
 
Within this context, we highlight the efforts of the EU/UNDP partnership to advance strong public financial management systems in the PALOP region and East Timor. This work is possible thanks to the Project for Strengthening technical and functional skills of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), National Parliaments and Civil Society for the control of public finances in the PALOP and East Timor (Pro PALOP-TL SAI), fully financed by the EU and administered by UNDP.
 

Pro PALOP-TL SAI provides technical assistance - through workshops and trainings - to key oversight actors including Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI), parliaments and civil society organizations. 

Pro PALOP-TL SAI gender specialist, Graça Sanches is in Mozambique to conduct a training to equip Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with the necessary analytical skills to oversee public expenditure with a focus on gender. 
 
The gender specialist will also meet the Women Parliamentary Caucus of Mozambique and specialized committees focused on budget oversight and/or gender. In addition, the gender specialist will meet key partners to promote gender equity in the country, namely with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action as well as UN Women. 
 
Follow all activities of the Pro PALOP-TL project in the Portuguese section of the AGORA portal: http://www.agora-parl.org/palop.