Nationwide Mapping of Governance of Local Administration Enters Final PhaseAug 15, 2014
Yangon - Transparency, the importance of a good flow of information between government and citizens and citizens’ legal awareness were some of the issues discussed at a local governance sensitization workshop held last week.
The workshop, the final in a series of seven was designed to discuss the roll out of the local governance mapping in the Yangon region. It also opened up space for a broader discussion on governance amongst the more than sixty participants, which included members of Parliament, representatives from District and Township Administrations, civil society organisations and members of township and municipal level development support committees.
The local governance mapping is conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the General Administration Department (GAD) of the Ministry of Home Affairs. It aims to serve as a starting point for improved governance and service delivery at the sub national level in Myanmar. Through this process, UNDP and GAD hope to build a common understanding of the concepts of improved performance, good local governance and active citizen participation.
During the workshop in Yangon, the findings from the pilot mapping in Mon and Chin states were discussed. These findings which highlighted disparities in service delivery, challenges in information flow and inter-departmental coordination resonated amongst the participants at the Yangon workshop, leading to rich discussions also on broader governance issues.
“It is important to have a good flow of information between the national, state and local governments and to ensure legal awareness amongst citizens. With such awareness citizens can make their voices heard which can help improve services and bring more transparency,” said one of the participants at the workshop.
Another participant said that the local governance mapping provided an important step in the country’s democratic transition.
“Changing mind sets of civil servants, citizens and others is a key factor in this transition,” he said.
The local governance mapping will be conducted in 3 townships in the Yangon Region and will start in September. So far, the mapping exercise has been completed for 7 States/Regions – Mon, Chin, Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Kayin, Kayah, Tanintharyi. The following States/regions will be included in Phase three: Kachin, Magway, Mandalay, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan and Yangon.
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