Support for Local Governance & Sustainable Development Programme

About the project

The flagship Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP), implemented by the Department of Local Governance (DLG) is supported by UNDP, UNCDF and other development partners like Danida, SDC, EU and Austrian Development Agency. The LGSP aims to strengthen the capacities of local governments, to improve delivery of public services to local governments at the district and block levels through a two pronged approach of capacity development and strengthening the public financial management of local authorities, both elected and public officials. The LGSP support is implemented in the 20 districts and 205 blocks of Bhutan.

During 2013, UNDP will support the formulation and design of the next generation of support to local development with the integration of the mainstreaming efforts of environment, climate change and poverty including gender. The joint programme will integrate the poverty environment initiative (PEI) into local governance.

Project outline

The Annual Capital Grant System (ACGS), institutionalized through adoption of annual capital grants from 2009-2010, represented a major achievement in fiscal decentralization under the programme. The ACGS is formula-based and uses an objective and needs-based transparent resource allocation modality. It reflects the needs and priorities of the local governments and combines own local revenues with transfers from the central Government. Other fiscal decentralization achievements include piloting and finalizing of a “community contract” protocol to streamline procurement procedures related to community contracting for activities; simple, useful cost templates have been prepared for small infrastructure development

Work on gender mainstreaming is on track with development of the Local Development Planning Manual to integrate all crosscutting issues and themes. This also contributed to mainstreaming efforts of the National Plan of Action on Gender (NPAG), although further efforts are necessary to sensitize local governments on links between gender equality and poverty reduction.

During 2013, UNDP will support the formulation and design of the next generation of support to local development with the integration of the mainstreaming efforts of environment, climate change and poverty including gender. The joint programme will integrate the poverty environment initiative (PEI) into local governance.

Funding



Overview
Status
Active
Project start date
2008
Project end date
2013
Geographic coverage
Nationwide
Focus area
Democratic governance
UNDP Focal Point
Annamari Salonen
Head a.i, Democratic Governance Unit
UNDP Bhutan
Implementing Partner
Department of local governance
Development partner
UNDP
UNCDF
Donor
UNDP
UNCDF