Participation and Local Governance

What is the project about?

What is the project about?Workshop of the Second High Level Working Group of the Parliamentary Committees PALOP-TL Budgets for Legislative Surveillance throughout the Budget Cycle based on standard budgeting documents in PALOP and Timor-Leste ". Credit: UNDP Angola

This project was initiated in 2012 for a period of two years. It focused strongly on institutional capacity building. The project continues now to exit under the Country Program Document and the Country Program Action Plan 2015-2019. Still, one of its fundamental goals is to strengthen Angola’s national institutions for the promotion of human rights. In view of the institutionalization of democratic governance in the global development agenda and the consensus on the prerequisite of legitimate, responsive and effective governance, in the period 2004-2013 UNDP assisted the Government of Angola (GoA) with the strengthening of institutional capacity of local governance. This assistance was provided through UNDP´s project entitled ‘Development of Local Governance (DLG) in support of GoA’s Strategic Plan for governance de-centralization and de-concentration adopted after the end of the civil war in 2002. With stronger capacity of Angola´s local governance institutions obtained with the support of the DLG project, in 2013 UNDP launched the project ‘Participation and Local Governance’ as a next step to support Angola with governance capacity. This project strives to (i) reinforce the capacity of national institutions to increase delivery and access to basic social services and (ii) to promote citizen engagement and participation for improved governance and accountability.In view of the institutionalization of democratic governance in the global development agenda and the consensus on the prerequisite of legitimate, responsive and effective governance, in the period 2004-2013 UNDP assisted the Government of Angola (GoA) with the strengthening of institutional capacity of local governance. This assistance was provided through UNDP´s project entitled ‘Development of Local Governance (DLG) in support of GoA’s Strategic Plan for governance de-centralization and de-concentration adopted after the end of the civil war in 2002.

With stronger capacity of Angola´s local governance institutions obtained with the support of the DLG project, in 2013 UNDP launched the project ‘Participation and Local Governance’ as a next step to support Angola with governance capacity. This project strives to (i) reinforce the capacity of national institutions to increase delivery and access to basic social services and (ii) to promote citizen engagement and participation for improved governance and accountability.

The expected results of the project are:

1.      Support Angola’s Ministry of Territorial Administration in conducting a ‘Decade of Decentralization’ study and develop a national decentralization strategy and framework;

2.      Support civic capacity building and participation  in local administration; and

3.      Draft strategy and framework for expanding local governance support in Angola;

Actions planned to achieve the planned results:

-        To partner with the Ministry of Territorial Administration to hire consultancy services (consultant/s) to conduct the assessment study on the 10 years of decentralization experience, and to realize a public launching ceremony of the findings in a book form. These findings will serve as basis for drafting a strategy and framework for expanding UNDP’s local governance support in Angola.

-        To award project grants to civil society partners to implement micro-projects focused on civil capacity building and participation in local administration processes.

-        To promote activities related to local governance capacity building and citizens participation in local administration through engagement with relevant institutions and action platforms. 

What have we accomplished so far?

Capacity building and citizen participation grants were awarded to four civil society organizations to implement micro-projects on civil capacity building and citizens’ participation in local administration. These micro-projects have been operationally concluded, and they will be financially closed at the end of October 2015 after the beneficiaries have submitted all final financial reports.

Project activities for capacity building for IFAL, Angola’s Local Governance Training Institute, was initiated in January 2015 and it is in the third phase of implementation. The following activities have been carried out: capacity building for 25 of IFAL’s local coordinators; training for IFAL’s regional trainers; capacity building training for 2 staff members of IFAL on finance and accounting; workshop and getaway for English language training for 120 staff members of IFAL. IFAL and UNDP (PLG project) have held several meetings to discuss a medium-term partnership agenda, for which a consensus has been reached and a memorandum of understanding will between the parties by the end of the third quarter of 2015.

A new partnership was initiated with INALUD (National Institute for Fight against Drugs) as a new platform for advancing participation of youth in local governance processes. A Memorandum of Understanding and a Grant Agreement were signed in May 2015 for realization of activities focused on mobilization and education of the youth about their civic rights and responsibilities.

The study on 10 years of de-centralization and de-concentration experience in Angola has been completed. During the third and the fourth quarters of 2015, the book launch will take place in three different regions of Angola, followed by the drafting of a strategy and framework for expanding UNDP’s local governance support in Angola.

Who finances it?



2015:

UNDP: USD 300,000.00