The numbers presented above suggest that a successful implementation of the JCGP can create as many as 7.71 million new jobs, which can potentially lower the U.S.
Therefore, it would be reasonable for the Obama Administration to consider bypassing the megabanks by assuming the core economic group of small business owners in the United States would use the JCGP funds to do what they do best--create more jobs!
A crucial assumption made in this paper is that nearly all small businesses targeted by the JCGP program participate in it, which could be a very bold assumption indeed.
In summary, although the JCGP is a small, relatively homogeneous group, subject to central (albeit distant) authority (that is, the UN secretary-general), and its members have received directives to coordinate their operational activities, progress toward such an end remains constrained.
As a result, a number of the UN organizations, particularly the JCGP members, developed their frameworks of cooperation on an individual basis with their counterpart departments in the GOB.
As it proved difficult to convene the representatives of cosponsoring agencies for the sole purpose of the theme group, it was decided that meetings would be held monthly, at the tail end of the regular HOA and JCGP meetings.
In the case of the Beijing conference, the JCGP commissioned a consultant to write a joint advocacy statement and to identify areas for joint programming.
In Bangladesh, in 1994, the JCGP identified the need to simplify procedures and harmonize programming cultures and cycles.
The JCGP issue paper, for example, found that UN staff were skeptical about the benefits that would accrue to their individual programs from increased participation in the coordination instruments, while they were simultaneously aware of the costs involved.
(16.) In 1994, the executive heads of UNCDF and UNHCR requested their inclusion in the JCGP. This was opposed by UNFPA and WFP due to the perception that enlargement would make the group unwieldy (JCGP Briefing Notes, 5 February 1994).
(19.) JCGP, Collaborating for Sustainable Human Development: JCGP Organizations in Bangladesh, discussion paper for JCGP Heads of Organization meeting in Dhaka, 5-8 February 1994 (Dhaka: JCGP, 1994).
Sujaya, "JCGP Position Paper on Women and Gender," draft (Dhaka: UNICEF, January 1997).