UNDP Concludes Human Development InitiativeSep 3, 2013
UNDP marked the end of its flagship Human Development Initiative by facilitating development dialogue workshops between its partner community organizations and local authorities.
From 1993 and until full restoration of its full mandate in Myanmar at the beginning of this year, UNDP's development work in the country was restricted to engaging communities at the grassroots level through specially designed Human Development Initiative. During the period UNDP supported formation of more village development committees, self-reliance groups and other forms of social mobilization at the community level, and progressively strengthened their capacity in locally-driven development.
Under the Human Development Initiative UNDP provided livelihoods assistance in more than 4000 villages across the country and in addition trained hundreds of community volunteers to serve as community resource persons on agriculture, livestock, disaster risk reduction, as well as education, health and other essential services.
As the Human Development Initiative came to close, since January of this year UNDP organized development dialogue workshops in 51 townships between partners community organizations and local authorities. Key objective of those workshops was to ensure long-term sustainability of the community groups and their recognition by local authorities.
According to UNDP Programme Manager U Thin Khaing, the workshops helped to improve interactions and strengthen partnerships between government departments, service providers and community groups for locally-led development. At the same time, the workshops served to strengthen capacity of local officials thanks to township development profiles prepared by UNDP with detailed socio-economic data per township and village tract and summary of development requirements.
Following removal of mandate restrictions in January 2013, UNDP provides development assistance to Myanmar under fully-fledged three year country programme (2013-2015) focusing on developing national capacity in areas of democratic governance, local governance, as well as environment, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.
Alex Nyi Nyi Aung