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Local capacity building and sustaining in line with Samsang Policies discussed

Representatives of relevant government offices and partners were convened in Vientiane on Mar 31 for discussing key achievements, challenges and lessons learned in building the capacities of the local authorities in line with Samsang Policies through the National Governance and Public Administration Reforms – NGPAR.

A special focus was placed on the contribution made under the Service Users Feedback Survey -SUFS-, One Door Service Centers – ODS – and District Development Fund – DDF.

The National Governance and Public Administration Reforms undertaken by the Ministry of Home Affairs is witnessing culmination of its efforts to strengthen public administration for wider governance improvements through accountability and citizen’s participation in the decision –making process.

The Governance for Inclusive Development Programme (GIDP) supports the government’s strong desire to strengthen its public administration’s ability to achieve the goals of better service delivery, promote wider governance improvements and increase citizens’ systematic engagement, especially at the local levels where basic services are coordinated, planned, tracked and reported.

Under the National Governance and Public Administration Reforms (NGPAR)-GIDP, the ministry has been able to build the capacities of the local administration primarily through three project components of GIDP which are District Development Fund (DDF), One Door Service Centers (ODSCs), Service Users Feedback Survey (SUFS), Public Service Innovation Fund (PSIF), Governance Sector Working Group (GSWG) and Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF).

The GIDP has been strategically designed to be in alignment with the cross-cutting governance goals of the 8th National Socio-economic Development Plan -NSEDP- and capacity building of the local authorities which is one of the underlying principles of the programme. The government’s policy indicate that the local administration must become better able to manage and implement local economic development and priority service delivery with a greater level of financial, administrative and representational self-reliance, and provide for greater engagement and responsiveness to citizens’ needs and concerns.

The programme has made significant contribution in this direction by building the capacity of the local government officials in target districts and villages.

The Project implementation led by MoHA along with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and central and local levels of administration has indeed seen the capacity building of local authorities in creating a more enabling local governance environment that has impacted improvement in service delivery and local development, whilst making it sustainable and inclusive.

The programme through DDF, has encouraged district and provincial authorities and citizens to work together by collaborating in the application of fiscal transfers to local administrations for priority service delivery; leveraging domestic capital and other sources for local economic development.

Support to the ODSCs through two model ODSCs implemented under the programme has been promising in terms of capacity development of the line offices in providing an array of services to the citizens.

Catherine Phuong, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative remarked, “the programme has indeed built the capacity of the MoHA Task Force to independently plan, coordinate and conduct the Service Users Feedback Survey (SUFS) to capture citizen’s feedback on public service delivery in 8 districts across 7 provinces. The 9th NSEDP has identified SUFS as one of the priority activities in improving public sector services to meet the needs of the citizens over the next five years”.

The Public Service Innovation Fund (PSIF) has been instrumental supporting the local authorities to work with CSOs and private sector in identifying innovative methods of service delivery with community participation. The recommendations of the report on capacity assessment of the secretariat of the Governance Sector Working Group has been implemented to ensure that the secretariat continues to support the GSWG after GIDP comes to end in Sep 2021. Additionally, participants will be able to identify challenges and opportunities in consolidating the work of NGPAR and paving the way forward to sustain the results of GIDP in capacity building of the local authorities.

Source: Lao News Agency