Strengthening local government capacity for implementing pro-poor policies and plans

08 Jun 2005

HA NOI- Strengthening local government capacities to prepare and implement more pro-poor socio-economic development plans and budgets is the aim of a new project, which was signed here today between the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"The Government of Viet Nam and UNDP recognize the import role of districts and communes in the national effort to reduce poverty. But as Viet Nam moves to increase decentralization in the planning, budgeting and management of public resources, attention must be paid to building local capacity, said Mr Jordan Ryan, UNDP Resident Representative, speaking at the project's signing ceremony.

The principal objective of the project is to improve provincial, district and commune service delivery frameworks and processes. Specifically, the project intends to strengthen the capacity of authorities in Tra Vinh, Quang Nam and Vinh Phuc provinces to provide high quality public services to local people, with particular focus to provision of services to the poor and disadvantaged people.

“The Government of Viet Nam at all times keeps its commitment to poverty reduction, social equity and further decentralization”, MPI Vice Minister, Cao Viet Sinh emphasized. “We hope that during the four years of the project implementation we will continue to receive active cooperation from UNDP and the donors, to successfully complete the project, whose outcomes can be replicated to other provinces”, he added.

The four-year project, implemented by MPI, has a total budget of US$4 million provided by UNDP, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and UK Department for International Development (DfID).

The project will support processes to ensure active participation and involvement of local people in decisions relating to the allocation, utilization and mobilization of resources and accountability for their use. The way to meet the Millennium Development Goals is to improve local planning, and the lessons learnt from this project will provide the necessary knowledge to make local action work to reduce poverty. 

Contact Information

Mr. Vu Ngoc Anh, UNDP Programme Officer
Tel: (04) 942 1495 Ext. 285; Email: vu.ngoc.anh@undp.org
Or
Mr. Dang Huu Cu, UNDP Public Affairs Associate
Tel: (04) 942 1495 Ext. 179; Email: dang.huu.cu@undp.org