A new project to support local governance in Mongolia

Oct 3, 2016

Government House, Ulaanbaatar – A four-year project to boost the capacity of representatives’ bodies at national and local levels was formalised on Monday, as the Autumn Session of Parliament opened.

The signing ceremony of the “Strengthening of Local Self-Governing Bodies in Mongolia” project document between the State Great Khural of Mongolia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was held at Government House. 

“Local representatives who were elected to represent citizens’ interests must be aware of their rights and duties set by law, and be accountable to their constituencies,” his Excellency, Mieygombo Enkhbold, the Speaker of Parliament said.

“On the other hand, citizens need to know of the activities of local self-governing bodies, in order to demand accountability.”

The project aims to increase representative bodies’ decision-making, oversight and representative capabilities, to make them more responsive and accountable to citizens. It seeks to do this by:

i) Improving the legal framework for local self-governance;

ii) Raising Citizen’s Representatives Hurals’ organizational capacity;

iii) Institutionalizing national training programmes for local elected representatives and;

iv) Developing the capacity of the Parliament Secretariat to support representative bodies.

In her speech, Beate Trankmann, Resident Coordinator of the UNDP, described accountable and efficient institutions of governance as “a precondition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” so that all Mongolians are included in the country’s development.

“Strengthening the capacity of representative bodies at different levels can contribute to building citizens trust in political institutions and to strengthening the downward accountability between decision-makers and the electorate,” she said.

“As the UNDP, we very much look forward to working with you to further advance this important agenda for Mongolia and all its people,” she added.

The roughly $3.8 million project will be funded by the SDC and the UNDP. It builds on the foundation laid by the “Support to Participatory Legislative Processes” and “Capacity Strengthening of Local Self-governing Bodies” projects implemented by the Parliament Secretariat with the UNDP and the SDC from 2013-2016.

Under earlier phases of this program, more than 8,000 representatives nationwide were given training in leadership, law, financial management and human rights enforcement, among other areas. Mr. Enkhbold thanked the UNDP and SDC for supporting Mongolia’s Parliament and local self-governing bodies with technical and financial assistance.  

“The SDC attaches great importance to working with the Parliament of Mongolia as the project partner, because of its legislative role in creating an enabling environment for local self-governance, as well as for institutionalizing national training programmes” said SDC Director, Gabriella Spirli. 

With the founding of Mongolia’s democracy in 1990 and an independent Constitution in 1992, a new system of local governance was born. The State Great Khural expressed plans to further strengthen and improve this system by boosting accountability, in line with the United Nations Draft Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2021.

To see the full Project Document (2017-2020), click here: Final Document

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