The virtual launching ceremony of the Development Planning Handbook to assist community development leaders was held on June 20, 2021.
UNDP in partnership with Local Government Authority (LGA) with support from Government of UK, revised the Local Development Planning Handbook for local councils to facilitate gender responsive planning at the local level and to ensure that the development planning aligns with the SDGs, and the strategies and actions set out by other national planning frameworks. The project also supported to build the capacity of LGA staff on delivering trainings on gender responsive planning to the newly elected councilors.
With the new councilors now sworn into office, LGA has been organizing virtual trainings on this for the local councils who will be responsible for formulating the five-year development plans for their islands within the next three months. The handbook that would serve as a guide during the formulation process of developing plans for their communities.