New Donor Partnerships for UNDP in MyanmarDec 22, 2014
Two donor partners have provided funding for the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) work in support of Myanmar’s democratic reforms.
The Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Authority (Sida) has provided 30 million Swedish Kroner (USD $4.1 million) to support UNDP’ s work in local governance and democratic governance.
The United Kingdom through its Department for International Development (DFID) has provided 2 million pound sterling (USD $3.2 million) to support UNDP’s work in the area of democratic governance.
In announcing the donor support, UNDP Country Director Toily Kurbanov said, “The financial support provided by Sida and DFID help UNDP reach out to more people in Myanmar and will contribute to strengthening governance at the local, State/regional and Union level.”
UNDP’s work in the area of local governance strengthens the capacities of local governance institutions to efficiently deliver services that meet the needs of citizens. The programme supports civil society organisations and local media to engage more actively in local development and in building civic awareness. It also works to promote a sustainable livelihoods approach with local governance institutions and communities for enhanced social cohesion, dialogue and conflict prevention.
To strengthen democratic governance in Myanmar, UNDP works with government, parliament, judiciary and civil society to promote democratic governance, the rule of law, and the advancement of human rights in order to support the country’s reforms and strengthen foundations for inclusive growth and sustainable development in Myanmar.
Earlier this year UNDP received funding support from Finland. Other donors that support UNDP’s work in Myanmar include Australia, Japan and Norway.