UNDP Receives Funds to Support Work with TownshipsDec 21, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has received 310.000 CHF (approx. 326.000 USD) from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to further upscale its ongoing work on strengthening democratic local governance in the South East of Myanmar.
The funds mark the start of a larger multi year program which will help develop the capacities of State and township institutions as well as village tract/ward administrators, civil society organizations, vulnerable groups and Ethnic Armed Organisations to engage in improved delivery of public services and governance.
UNDP Country Director Mr. Peter Batchelor said that he was encouraged by the new support provided by the Government of Switzerland.
“UNDP and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation share a common interest for strengthening local governance in Myanmar and ensuring that women and vulnerable groups voices are included in decision making. The partnership with Switzerland will enable UNDP to further engage in improving State and township institutions’ capacities for inclusive planning, to deliver public services in a more transparent and efficient way, encouraging a stronger civic engagement at the local level, and helping build trust between the state and its people,” said Mr. Batchelor.
Ms. Carine Carey, Deputy Head of Mission / Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Switzerland in Yangon said that Switzerland was delighted to partner with UNDP.
“We hope to see empowered citizens, women and vulnerable groups, participating meaningfully in local decision making as well as strengthened institutions. Improving equitable public service delivery and accountability in an inclusive manner are important objectives of the project which shall contribute to the future decentralization reform. The Swiss Government has been instrumental in supporting Myanmar’s peaceful transition to democracy and a collaboration between the Government of Switzerland and UNDP will further enrich this support,” said Ms. Carey.
The funding is for an initial six months starting from December 2016. It precedes a larger support from the Government of Switzerland.