UNDP’s support to democratic governance in Myanmar is grouped under Pillar 3 of the 2013-2015 Country Programme. It covers four broad areas: development effectiveness, parliamentary support, rule of law and access to justice as well as public administration reform.
UNDP’s work on Parliamentary support is focused on strengthening the capacity of the Union Parliament in its legislative, oversight and representational functions, as well as strengthening the capacity of the Parliamentary Secretariat to better serve the members of the Parliament. A long term training for parliamentarians has been developed and initiated. The training is designed to incorporate different thematic issues which are of relevance to parliamentary committees. So far, the trainings have covered diverse topics such as making affordable medicines accessible through TRIPs and Internally Displaced People. UNDP with its partner Inter Parliamentary Union is supporting the parliamentary secretariat to strengthen its administration, library and research services and IT skills through staff training and the setting up research and information management systems.
UNDP’s work in the area of rule of law and access to justice involves working with the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Police services and justice sector parliamentary committees to build institutional capacities for participatory coordinated planning and policy making. UNDP is also helping strengthen the capacities justice sector actors so that they can better perform their functions. UNDP has initiated training on constitutionalism and law making, ICT and substantive skills for officers from the Union Attorney General’s Office as well as the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union. UNDP will conduct an access to justice mapping exercise piloted in Ayeyarwaddy and Mandalay regions and Shan State to determine the needs of the justice sector actors as well as the priority justice needs of vulnerable people. UNDP will also work to enhance the legal awareness of vulnerable groups, including women in selected townships and villages in the pilot States.
To support development effectiveness, UNDP is working with relevant government departments to build their capacities to collect and use up-to-date, accurate and gender disaggregated poverty data in the national and regional plans. Part of UNDP’s work in development effectiveness also includes supporting the Government to develop a system of national accounts. UNDP is also working with development partners to establish an aid information management system to enable the government to monitor development results and to facilitate effective and transparent development coordination.
UNDP is working to strengthen capacities at the Union level to advance, coordinate and implement incremental public administration reforms. Support is being provided for the development of sector working groups. UNDP will strengthen the capacities of the Union Civil Service Board and other ministry training institutions to train and establish a professional, transparent and representative civil service.