The Three-Year Action Plan and Budget for the Years 2016-2018
The fast-paced changes unfolding on the Arab, Islamic and international scenes and their direct and indirect repercussions on the fields of action of organizations operating in the educational, scientific, cultural and communication areas, such as ISESCO, dictate a new visualization of this Organization’s action plan for the next three years (2016-2018), both in form and content. This new vision will ensure the interaction of this action plan and its activities with all these variables and its response, in a more precise and effective way, to the pressing needs of Member States.
The Three-Year Action Plan and Budget for the Years 2013-2015
The fast-paced changes unfolding on the Arab, Islamic and international scenes and their direct and indirect repercussions on the fields of action of organizations operating in the educational, scientific, cultural and communication areas, such as ISESCO, dictate a new visualization of this Organization’s action plan for the next three years (2013-2015), both in form and content. This new vision will ensure the interaction of this action plan and its activities with all these variables and its response, in a more precise and effective way, to the pressing needs of Member States.
The insightful and proactive dimension of the guidelines and contents of ISESCO’s Medium-Term 2010-2018 Action Plan (of which the coming 2013-2015 action plan represents the next link) has helped read the implications of all those developments, thus confirming the plan’s importance as a focal point of reference that defines ISESCO’s action in the coming years alongside the Organization’s other more constant references. These include ISESCO’s objectives as laid out in its Charter, its sectoral strategies, the decisions of its supreme constitutional bodies, its specialized ministerial conferences, the internal and external evaluation reports on the outcome of its implemented activities, programmes and projects, as well as the Ten-Year Programme of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The outcome of our analysis of the current regional and international scene, and our projections of how the situation will evolve in the coming few years, have led us at the General Directorate of ISESCO to adopt a new approach to the Organization’s Action Plan for 2013-2015 of which we have already presented the broad lines at the 32nd session of our Executive Council.
Back then, we identified within the framework of this draft action plan, two strategic objectives for ISESCO’s action in the coming three-year period.
The first one was supporting the efforts of Member States to achieve sustainable development and the second pertained to providing correct information about Islam and Muslims and addressing Islamophobia.
We committed ourselves to operating a number of modifications and corrections to methodology and contents in comparison with the lapsing 2010-2012 three-year action plan.
Such amendments would enable us to better respond to the development needs of Member States in the next three years in education, science, culture and communication, in line with the first strategic objective, and to interact positively with regional and international changes and the challenges of globalization within the framework of our own specificity and our social, cultural and civilizational values in such a way as to enhance the true and radiant image of Islam and the Islamic civilization, as dictated by the second strategic objective. At the forefront of our obligations under the new Action Plan is choosing a limited number of priorities, axes and fields of action. This should enable ISESCO to intensify and totally focus its efforts on coping with the rapidly unfolding changes and addressing the educational, scientific, cultural and communication challenges inherent to these changes, and to achieve the desired results on the ground as opposed to scattering efforts on multiple fronts, a situation that often leads to modest results and a poor effect.
All relevant directorates and departments at ISESCO have endeavored to adhere to this new approach and, after study and discussions, each has selected two, or at the most three, sectoral priorities. The same principle was applied in identifying the axes stemming from those priorities.
Thus, the axes were limited in number and took the shape of projects that spelt out the specific objectives, the outcome, the targeted beneficiaries and the cooperating parties. These activities and programmes were also complementary in genre and contents and staggered chronologically from the first to the third year of the Action Plan, a configuration that can only enhance their effectiveness and their impact on the ground.
For the Directorate of Education, and given the commitment of the international community, including the Islamic world, to fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals related to education and literacy by 2015, action will be focused on two sectoral priorities only: namely, developing the Member States’ educational systems, and strengthening the role of education in addressing sustainable development issues. This will translate into three axes for the first sectoral priority: namely, ensuring universal access to basic education, achieving quality education, and developing higher education competitiveness, and into axes two for the second sectoral priority: environmental, health and population education, and education on universally shared values.
For the Directorate of Science, and since its structure covers the sectors of humanities and social sciences, three sectoral priorities were identified: reinforcing scientific and technological capacities for the achievement of development, preserving the biosphere, and harnessing human and social sciences for fostering social peace. Three axes were identified for the first sectoral priority: namely, re-innovating science policies and governance, reinforcing technology capacities, and enculturation of quality in science education. For the second priority, the following two axes were set: conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources, and mitigating environment risk and disaster management.
In the third sectoral priority, two axes were determined: namely, enhancing social cohesion, and ameliorating the quality of life. Moreover, ISESCO Center for Promotion of Scientific Research (ICPSR) was brought to bear, through its programmes, in achieving the first strategic objective outlined for the action plan: namely, supporting the efforts of Member States to achieve sustainable development.
At the Directorate of Culture and Communication, two sectoral priorities were identified in the field of culture. These were: cultural exchange and cultural diversity at the service of dialogue, peace and stability, and culture and heritage as both a tool for social integration and an economic value. The two axes stemming from the first sectoral priority are: dialogue of cultures, civilizations and followers of religions, and cultural diversity and linguistic and doctrinal pluralism. Three axes were identified for the second sectoral priority and are: participatory approach to heritage, role of cultural production and traditional knowledge in development, and culture for all. The third priority, in the area of communication, was given to building the information and knowledge society and addressing mutual stereotypes. Out of this priority, three axes were developed and dealt with: supporting freedom of expression and generalizing access to and use of information, building up capacities of information and communication professionals, and addressing mutual media stereotypes.
True to our commitment, we have also strengthened our planning approach, building it around adopting projects as opposed to scattered small-scale activities, by incorporating in the new action plan a set of sector-based projects that complement the major programmes common to all sectors. These sectoral projects are either covered within the regular budget or by extra-budgetary resources secured through the cooperation programmes concluded with partner organizations. There are also five major inter-sector programmes: the first one dealing with children, women, the youth and special need categories, the second with environment, health and population issues, the third with educational and cultural work for Muslims outside the Islamic world, the fourth with providing correct information about Islam and Muslims, and the fifth with higher education and scientific research. The office of the Deputy Director General will carry out the necessary coordination between the directorates and relevant authorities to ensure the integrated treatment of their respective issues and guarantee the desired impact on the ground of the activities carried out within this framework.
In a bid to enhance ISESCO’s permanent duties, in its being a house of expertise, an incubator of thoughts and concepts and an entity for capacity-building and policy guidance in Member States in education, science, culture and communication; and true to our avowed commitment to increase the number of regional and sub-regional training programmes and meetings of experts, to prepare studies, reports and guidebooks to provide more academic and practical reference documents and working tools to researchers, experts and trainees and to harness electronic media to this end, the information contained in the indices measuring the desired outcome of activities over the next three years, shows that over 250 regional and sub-regional training sessions will be implemented thanks to the technical resources and professional expertise available in various training fields at ISESCO’s regional centers. Also planned are the preparation of 150 research works, studies and reports, guidebooks and teaching aids, the organization of 130 meetings of experts and specialized seminars, and the increasing of the number of activities that boost ISESCO chairs in existence or the creation of new ones.
The same applies to the already existing or to be created ISESCO prizes to be announced within the framework of the coming action plan and that encourage creativity and innovation among the youth. The same measurement indicators reveal an increasing interest in intensifying actions undertaken in cooperation with civil society organizations and focused on the youth, women and children, on raising them on the respect for the values of citizenship, dialogue and the love of work and its quality, enabling them to enjoy their cultural, social, economic and political rights, and addressing gender issues in a context of equality in rights and duties between men and women.
On the other hand, and as pledged, the number of conferences, seminars and international and regional forums was reduced to 50 which include the Islamic ministerial conferences convened by ISESCO in the fields of higher education and research, culture, childhood and the environment, the Islamic conference of education ministers (whose first and second sessions are scheduled under the new action plan), the annual meetings of the consultative council in charge of following up on the implementation of the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World, the Consultative Council in charge of following up on the implementation of the Strategy for the Development of Sciences and Technology in the Islamic World, the consultative council for Bringing Islamic Madhahib Closer Together, and the Supreme Council of Education and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World.
Additional emphasis is placed under the new action plan on strengthening ISESCO’s role in providing expertise and technical advice to the authorities in charge of developing national educational, scientific, cultural and communication policies, in extending the subsidies necessary for the implementation of local activities, especially in terms of training human resources and building professional capacities, and in granting scholarships for scientific research projects. About 300 activities have been dedicated to covering needs and meeting objectives.
With regard to the development of monitoring, follow-up and evaluation mechanisms, we are confident that the objective and outcome-based planning methodology adopted in the preparation of the new action plan will provide us with the necessary objective data to perform better than before. Indeed, the desired results, limited in number, well defined in scope in content and timeframe, as well as in measurability thanks to performance indicators, will enable us to follow up on the implementation of activities and conduct a more accurate evaluation of their impact.
In terms of giving body to the partnership and cooperation with Arab, Islamic and international organizations, civil society institutions and national commissions during the next three years, it was decided that this endeavor would espouse a new perspective where the outputs of cooperation and its executive mechanisms translate into integrated programmes and projects that address fundamental issues and propose radical and effective solutions, within set timeframes, in coordination with the beneficiaries and executive and cooperating parties, and based on quality criteria and assessment indicators that properly assess the impact on the ground of these programmes and projects.
Always in line with this new vision of cooperation, the internal configuration of cooperating institutions and bodies has been redrawn to dedicate a special axis to cooperation with governmental systems such as the Islamic, Arab, African, Asian, European and UN systems, as well as a special axis dedicated to NGOs, civil society institutions and the private sector. This should enable us to foster complementarity with governmental organizations and cooperate with them through more comprehensive and effective mechanisms, as well as interact with non-governmental institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector in ways that take account of their specificity, aspirations and ever renewing roles.
This will also enable us to lay bridges between these two categories of cooperating parties and draw maximum benefit from their experience and performance in serving Member States and fulfilling the Organization’s objectives and its civilizational mission. With regard to the 2013-2015 budget, the Organization forged ahead with the strategic orientation developed over its previous plans and which provides for the allocation of no less than two-thirds of the entire budget for programmes, while the remaining third goes to cover various administrative expenses.
The Organization made sure to keep abreast of financial developments and to take note of economic factors, whether local ones such as the annual inflation rate and cost of living increases in the seat country and host countries of ISESCO’s regional offices, or at the international ones such as the drop in U.S. dollar value (the US dollar being the currency in use in the budget) compared with exchange rates of other world currencies, and the rising costs of general services such as printing and publishing, technical supplies and air tickets when calculating the field costs associated with the implementation of programmes and financial management.
Also included in the present action plan are the Organization’s new financial estimates of major programmes such as the Islamic ministerial conferences of which the organization was assigned to ISESCO by previous Islamic Summit Conference meetings and the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. Under the current action plan, the Islamic conference of education ministers will be added along with effective participation in the Islamic conference of ministers in charge of youth, to be held in collaboration with the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation, and with the Islamic conference of endowments (Awqaf) ministers.
Added to these major programmes are others that are no less important or strategic for the Organization and for its growing role on the international scene. These include the alliance of civilizations, the fight against extremism, the international environmental summits, and the education for all conferences. The Organization had earmarked part of its estimated funds to these activities under its current action plan.
In light of these data, and compared with the three previous action plans, the present action plan registers a nil increase in budget. This increase is not attributed to a higher number of programmes or the volume of administrative expenses and operating costs, but is the result of external factors beyond the control of the General Directorate: namely, the financial and economic indicators mentioned earlier. In fact, while the implementation of a given programme used to cost a certain amount under the 2004-2005 three-year action plan (last record of a budget increase), the same programme will cost more under the three-year action plan for 2013-2015.
The Organization has considered this variation as the budget’s increase rate.
And since the Organization’s constitutional organs and the competent authorities in Member States can neither sanction a drop in the quality of implementation, nor a decrease in the representation of the Islamic world by the Organization at international forums, or failure to counter the onslaughts against Islam and Muslims, the only strategic option left is to empower the Organization and its executives arms and build up their capacity to tackle the developmental challenges facing Member States in the most effective and appropriate ways. Thus, and out of the new budget which amounts to US$ 45,210,498, the amount of US$ 38,867,787, i.e. 86%, has been earmarked for programmes, while only US$ 6,342,711 allocated to cover operating costs, equipment and administrative personnel.
The high percentage allocated to programmes reflects the keenness of the General Directorate to ensure that Member States benefit optimally from the Organization’s activities and secure all that is essential for serving the developmental objectives of these countries. It also stems from a strong desire to rationalize expenditure and reduce administrative expenses to the bare minimum.
The Three-Year Action Plan and Budget for the Years 2010-2012
The three-year Action Plan for 2010-2012 constitutes the first part of ISESCO’s action plans derived from its Medium-Term Plan for the years 2010-2018. Through this action plan, the ISESCO intends, God willing, to activate new aspects articulated in the contents and directions of its Medium-Term Plan, and proceed at the same time with its work in a number of fields contained in the 2007-2009 plan. Action in the latter requires, in fact, more than one plan considering its importance, pivotal subjects and its constant interaction with international changes and with several issues of the hour. In addition, a substantial portion of the resolutions and recommendations of the constitutional conferences and international symposia held by ISESCO as part of its outgoing action plan will be activated in the new action plan, thus enhancing cohesion and complementarity between the two plans.
The General Directorate was inspired in this approach by the observations and guidelines of the General Conference and the Executive Council when discussing the Organization’s action plan for 2007-2009, as well as by the Director General’s report presented to the 9th General Conference (Rabat, December 2006) on the assessment of the Organization’s action for 2004-2006, the comments and proposals of the National Commissions concerning the programmes and activities carried out by the Organization in cooperation with them or under its supervision, the evaluation results derived from the reports of the experts, supervisors and the benefiting parties, and the requests of Member States submitted to the General Directorate regarding their educational, scientific, cultural and communication needs.
I- The strategic objectives of the Three-Year Action Plan 2010-2012
- Countering the aggressive campaign against Islam and Muslims represented a major strategic objective for the outgoing action plan and the core of its action during that period. Accordingly, human and financial resources were marshalled, and a large variety of activities, programmes and projects were implemented. A complete analysis of this plan’s outcome will be provided in the General Director’s report on the evaluation of the Organization’s action during the outgoing three-year period, which is scheduled on the agenda of the 30th Executive Council and the 10th General Conference in July 2009. In this regard, preliminary results underscore the need to pursue action in the field of countering the anti-Islamic campaign, and consider this as a continual, strategic objective in the Organisation’s action plans. Equally important is the objective relating to the promotion of ISESCO’s developmental priorities and the core fields of action for which it was set up, the express purpose being to step up the efforts of Member States, international organisations and NGOs with regard to achieving sustainable development, and gearing educational, scientific and cultural mechanisms to this end.
There is no doubt that the efforts deployed by ISESCO to redress the image of Islam and Muslims as part of its outgoing action plan, and the wide-ranging partnership with the international and regional organizations in this field, particularly with western organizations and bodies, have yielded concrete results. However, the scope of these smear campaigns, the variety of their methods and means, the enormity of the deployed media, financial and human resources, all require us to multiply efforts and mobilize energies for a new three-year period. These are the goals that this action plan aspires to achieve, God willing.
A second, strategic objective has been established for the upcoming three-year period which concerns achieving sustainable development and highlighting the role of education, science and culture to that end. This undertaking is sure to add further impetus to ISESCO’s efforts and action, and bring a measure of sustainability to its programmes and activities in terms of their being closely interrelated in the interest of the Member States and the entire humanity. ISESCO has made notable achievements in this area. These include holding international and Islamic conferences, and setting up the Islamic Executive Bureau for the Environment, along with other specialised working and coordination mechanisms, in association with the competent authorities in the Member States, along with national, regional and international institutions. Special attention will be given to consolidating and boosting those achievements.
In furtherance of its trend in setting forth the objectives and results expected in order to facilitate the relevant evaluation processes; and based upon the orientations of the Organization’s Medium-Term Plan 2010-2012 as well as the resolutions and recommendations issued by the 9th General Conference and the 27th Executive Council, the 4th Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the 5th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, the 2nd Islamic Conference of the Ministers in Charge of the Child, the 3rd Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, along with the Consultative Council for the Imple-mentation of the Strategy for the Development of Science and Technology in Islamic Countries at its fourth session, the Consultative Council for the Implementation of the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World at its eighth session, the Supreme Council for Education and Culture outside the Islamic world at its ninth session, and the International Conference on Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustained Initiatives, the General Directorate has set four strategic objectives within the framework of which the Organization intends to undertake its action during the three coming years:
- Activating human resources’ role in the educational system, as well as promoting qualification institutions and training centres, and diversifying training programmes.
- Enhancing scientific research, and utilizing its core priorities and results in achieving sustainable development.
- Renewing cultural policies and developing working cultural action mechanisms towards developmental purposes.
- Contributing to bridging the digital divide separating Member States from developed countries.
II- Structure of the 2010-2012 Action Plan
- The General Directorate deemed that the general structure of the outgoing action plan 2007-2009 should be maintained when preparing the new action plan for the clear vision that its three chapters provide, namely the General Policy, Programmes and Support Activities and the Joint Expenditure, as well as its fields of action which are subdivided into axes, which themselves are broken down into programmes and projects with specific objectives, along with the accurate description of their practical contents, the target categories, steps and mechanisms for their implementation, the cooperating parties and the financial allocations made for their implementation.
With respect to general joint programmes between the Organization’s various Directorates, the new action plan retains some of the previous plan’s major general joint programmes and adds to them other programmes. These are as follows:
- Developing Member States’ human resources in education, science, culture and communication (a general joint programme under the previous action plan);
- Gearing ICTs to educational, scientific and cultural goals (new general joint programme);
- Redressing the image of Islam and Muslims outside the Islamic world (a general joint programme under the previous action plan);
4. Entrenching ethical and value-based dimensions of educational, scientific and cultural contents (a new general joint programme).
III- Contents of the 2010-2012 Action Plan
- III.1 General Groundwork
- As has been explained hereinabove, the 2010-2012 action plan is aimed at furthering action towards activating a number of fields scheduled under the outgoing 2007-2009 action plan, in view of the aforesaid considerations. The action plan (2010-2012) also aims to cover other aspects of the Organization’s Medium-Term Action Plan 2010-2018. Accordingly, focus will be maintained on developing Member States’ educational systems and structures, the aim being to keep abreast of the international mutations in this area, as well as on reducing all forms of illiteracy, encouraging investment in cultural projects, and boosting cultural action, based on the values of cultural diversity, inter-cultural dialogue and inter-civilizational alliance. The 2010-2012 action plan is also designed to build up Member States’ scientific research capacities, especially as regards such development-oriented areas as agriculture, water resources management, environment protection, in addition to innovative renewable energies and novel ways of curbing poverty, and activating small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and enhancing their competitive edge in the era of globalization. Special focus will also be placed on publicising the Islamic economics mechanisms and ways of putting it in place, bridging the digital divide between the developing and advanced nations. The new 2010-2012 action plan is also inspired by the objectives and fields of action of the various strategies prepared by the Organization, such as the Strategy for the Promotion of Education in Islamic Countries; the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World in its amended version; the Strategy for the Development of Science and Technology in the Islamic Countries; the Strategy for the Development of University Education in the Islamic World; the Strategy for Water Resources Management in the Islamic Countries; the Strategy for the Development of Biotechnology in the Islamic Countries; the Strategy for Bringing Muslim Madhahibs Closer together; the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World; the Strategy for Benefiting from Muslim Competencies outside the Islamic World; and the Strategy for Cultural Takaful. The contents of the 2010-2012 action plan are also partly culled from the reference material and action programmes endorsed by specialised Islamic conference, along with the resolutions and recommendations of the Organi-zation’s constitutional conferences, and the international conferences and symposia it held over the past three years in the areas of education, science, culture and communication.
- III.2 Sector-based orientations
- III.2.1 Education
- In the area of education, focus under the new action plan will be placed on the following four main issues:
- Enhancing efforts directed towards literacy and spreading the provision of education for all;
- Developing educational infrastructure and qualifying human resources of original education institutions;
- Ensuring quality and adapting the contents of higher education to sustainable development requirements;
- Enhancing the educational system.
- Focus in this area will be laid on linking original education and current issues, and furthering research works and educational studies to this end. Further action will be directed towards curbing literacy through developing relevant educational material, using information and communication technologies, developing partnerships and encouraging new initiatives for this end. Efforts will be directed also towards working out guides and training programmes in the field of education and sustainable development, reviewing curricula to remove stereotypical views of other cultures and civilizations, harnessing higher education to social and economic development, stimulating interaction between universities and the business sector towards scientific research. All these are overarching fields that meet the requirements of development in the Member States.
- III.2.2 Science
- In the area of science, four issues have been targeted, namely:
- Supporting national capacities in the scientific areas;
- Building the knowledge society through scientific and technological education;
- Managing natural resources and protecting the environment within sustainable development;
- Encouraging research in social sciences at the service of society.
- In order to attain these objectives, action is focused on the importance of linking scientific research to developmental policies, the requirements of labour market, setting up scientific and technological research networks and partnerships, carrying on efforts to channel scientific research results into production sectors, developing applications of indigenous and industrial technologies and shoring up training towards upgrading research skills in biotechnologies. Equal emphasis is placed on pursuing preparation of electronic curricula and teaching aids, and multimedia programmes in the area of science education. In this regard, ISESCO will sustain training and upgrading of capacities in the area of natural resources and water resources management, and will gear renewable energy technologies for sustainable development and for the protection of the environment, including sea habitat and the coastline. ISESCO’s efforts will aim also to devise mechanisms and dispense training to specialized executive staff for dealing with natural calamities. The activities of “ISESCO Centre for Promotion of Scientific Research” will be directed towards supporting scientific research bases and facilities in the Member States as well as towards developing scientific research policies to clear impediments thereto. Further attention will be attached to supporting research in social sciences and humanities, and using findings in this area to address human and societal issues.
- III.2.3 Culture and Communication
- In the area of culture and communication, efforts will be directed towards the following four main issues:
- Consolidating the Islamic cultural identity within the framework of the concept of cultural diversity;
- Further strengthening inter-cultural and inter-civilizational dialogue and highlighting the different aspects of cultural diversity;
- Supporting Member States’ efforts in building the information and communication society;
- Spreading the culture of sustainable development in the service of society and cultural creativity.
- To reach these objectives, focus is put on highlighting the constituents of Islamic cultural identity, in their aspects related to both material heritage and intangible heritage. Due attention will be given to addressing cultural and civilizational heritage issues. Moreover, action in the field of culture for all and society’s development will continue focusing on the cultural rights of children, in accordance with the resolutions of the second Islamic Conference of Ministers in charge of the Child, developing the culture of youth and women, enhancing the role of reading centres in disseminating the culture of peace and dialogue, preserving traditional knowledge and know-how, promoting cultural industries and cultural tourism, and shedding light on the role of Islamic cultural values in sustainable development. The international developments in the area of dialogue of cultures and the alliance of civilizations and their implications on relations between peoples and nations will be taken into account. A new programme on the cultural heritage days will be added. Similarly, ISESCO will also put into effect the projects of cultural interaction from the Islamic perspective, including the project of Islamic culture capitals and the project of ISESCO’s centre for cultural policies. It will also carry on with building the information and communication society, in relation to devising the appropriate plans and enacting the relevant laws. Attention is devoted also to building the capacities of human resources working in this field, supporting the regional centres of training and audiovisual multimedia production, encouraging the cultural uses of the Internet, enhancing cooperation and coordination among information and communication institutions in the Islamic world, and furthering the use of information and communication technologies in redressing the image of Islam and Muslims.
IV- Developing working means relative to the 2010-2012 Action Plan
- The General Directorate seeks to benefit from the working means that have proved to be efficient in fulfilling the objectives sought. It will enhance them with new means, with a view to improving effectiveness and quality and rationalizing expenditure. In an endeavour to ensure continuation of the working means, and complementarity of the efforts led as part of the outgoing plan and the new plan, ISESCO will reinforce the working means it has been using to achieve its goals.
- A. National Commissions and the competent authorities in the Member States
- The General Directorate intends to reinforce its cooperation relations with the National Commissions and the competent authorities in the Member States, which serve as a major working means through which ISESCO carries out most of its activities and programmes for the benefit of the different social categories. The 2010-2012 Action Plan comprises a new set of support programmes geared to these commissions with a view to developing their working means, training their staff, implementing their activities and enhancing cooperation between them and ISESCO.
- B. Partnership with the regional and international organizations
- This partnership is one of the most effective working means of the Organization, in view of the valuable experience it has afforded ISESCO in terms of accurate planning of programmes and the amelioration of the implementation level to achieve the desired objectives. It has also helped the Organization in rationalizing expenditure and avoiding duplicity, and paved the way for it to attend and participate actively in major international events. The new action plan intends to further develop this partnership with the regional and international organizations towards more progress.
- C. ISESCO’s Regional Offices and Delegations
- The action of these offices and delegations will be developed and their competencies expanded. To this end, necessary working means will be provided to enable ISESCO’s regional offices and delegations to supervise the implementation of more activities and programmes for the benefit of Member States in Asia and the Gulf region, by way of promoting the policy of decentralization and rationalizing expenditure.
- D. The working means of the new Permanent Headquarters of the Organization
- The advanced working means provided by ISESCO’s new Permanent Headquarters have contributed, and they will doubtless continue to contribute greatly and efficiently to upgrading the implementation of the activities and programmes of the 2010-2012 Action Plan. The positive implications of these means are pointed out in the report of the Director General on the evaluation of the Organization’s action for the years 2007-2009, which is presented to ISESCO’s 10th General Conference.
V. The financial resources of the 2010-2012 Action Plan
- The financial resources allocated for the 2010-2012 action plan stand at US$ 41,100,453, that is the same budget as for the ending 2007-2009 Action Plan. A high portion of the total budget has been earmarked, as usual, for programmes and activities implementation. A sum of US$ 30,053,870 has been allotted thereto under this action plan, which accounts for 73,20% of the overall budget, a slight difference compared with 74,62% representing the programmes implementation budget under the ending action plan. This cut-back in the budget allotted for programmes and activities implementation is imposed by the necessity for the General Directorate to cover the increase of expenditure relating to the operating budget and the required human resources, given the continuous expansion of the Organization and its effective opening out to Member States and Muslim communities outside the Islamic world. The increase in this section of the overall budget is aimed to cover the required financial outlay on the working means needed for the Organization’s Permanent Headquarters as well as its Regional Offices, Delegations and the coordinating offices of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic world.