A national workshop seeks to help strengthen government’s performanceAug 28, 2013
Nay Pyi Taw - A two-day national workshop proposes plan to assist the Government of Myanmar in strengthening good local governance and delivering people-centered services. As a first step of rolling out this plan, mapping of state/region and township governance in Myanmar will be conducted to identify related capacity needs of government and non-government stakeholders.
The two-day workshop on 17 and 18 August aims to contribute to the Myanmar’s third wave of reforms: governance and public administration. “At the same time, good local governance and people-centered services are crucial conditions for socio-economic reforms; for private sector development; for improved wellbeing of the people of Myanmar; and enablers of further reforms,” Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar said.
The workshop on “Good Local Governance and People-Centered Services – What Can We Learn from Best Practices in the Region?” was organized by UNDP with joint participation of the Government of Myanmar and UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
During the workshop challenges and implications of the ongoing reform process were highlighted in particular the role, functions and capacities of sub-national governments in Myanmar. The presentations and discussions also reflected on experiences from other countries in the region that have undergone similar processes, either in large-scale reform, or working to deepen decentralization in their country contexts. Experiences from people centered service delivery were in focus as well as the role of local governance mapping as a tool to improve government performance.
Representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Viet Nam, India, Nepal and Lao Republic shared experiences of democratic transitions, governance assessments and implications of multi-level governance systems.
The workshop illustrated that reform processes are a long-term effort, and that continuous efforts are required in addressing the opportunities and challenges encountered in the democratization process.
The workshop was organized as part of the UNDP/UNCDF countrywide program “Supporting Responsive Local Governance” which is designed to strengthen institutional capacity of local governments in areas such as participatory planning, responsive and effective service delivery, public finance management and conflict prevention.
Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Communications Analyst