Stepping up support for people-centered development in Chin StateJan 22, 2014
Chin State – UNDP organized a two day workshop for township administrations and civil society representatives in Chin state on the roles and responsibilities of newly established committees designed to support Townships. Over 60 participants came from six townships across the state. Participants prepared and drafted operational guidelines to make the committees effective and transparent.
Prior to the workshop, participants were given five days of training in participatory planning and budgeting. The training focused on how citizens participation in local planning and budgeting can improve the effectiveness of people-centered public services. Chin State parliamentarians together with representatives from township administrations and civil society joined the five-day training. The participants were also exposed to international experiences on participatory planning and budgeting including topics such as local planning, situational analysis, mission and vision, and planning coordination.
The workshop and training were the first step in a series of interventions designed to strengthen local institutions as part of the UNDP/UNCDF local governance programme which focuses on enhancing the capacity of township administrations in developing participatory and responsive planning, budgeting and monitoring mechanisms.
Local administrations and civil society play an important role in implementing people-centered development schemes. “Through its country programme for 2013-2015 UNDP in Myanmar will step up its support in institutional strengthening of those key players to help contribute to poverty reduction in the country,” said Christian Hainzl, team leader of the UNDP’s Poverty Reduction and Local Governance programme in Myanmar.
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