Civil society organizations ready to play a greater role in the development of Mon State

Feb 6, 2014

A CSO representative discusses challenges faced by civil society organizations in Myanmar

Mon State – “Civil society organisations play a central role in development and civil society organsiation could be key in strengthening development planning processes” these are some of the main recommendations that were concluded at the first State-level coordination meeting between civil society and Government aiming to improve communication, networking and explore partnerships between government departments, CSOs and media institutions in Mon State. CSOs also recommended discussions on the quality of local service and advocated for greater access to development related information for local communities.

UNDP, under the leadership of the Mon State Government and with the support of the CSOs, provided technical and financial assistance to organize this coordination meeting in Mawlamyine last month.  This was a unique moment as it provided a range of state, township, and village level actor the possibility to exchange experiences and challenges, identify requirements and opportunities and recommend a set of actions. Over 100 representatives from civil society organizations, media sector and UN and non-governmental organizations participated in the meeting.

According to Daw Yu Pa Nwe, Area Office Coordinator of the UNDP office in Mon State, “establishing regular coordination meeting is an effective way to increase and improve communication among the government departments, civil society organizations and media institutions. Through similar gatherings it is expected to strengthen institutional capacity of CSOs and media institutions as they learn public administration systems and legal requirements,” she said.

As stated in his remarks by H.E. Dr. Dr Min Nwe Soe, State Minister for Planning and Economic Development, the State and the Union Government are firm in the belief that CSOs play a critical role in the country’s  reform process. As part of its 3-year country programme UNDP is providing support to strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society and media institutions to coordinate and engage public and private sectors in the provision of public services.

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