Strengthening Capacity and Service Delivery of Local Administrations

What is the project about?

Villagers check out the information board in Khamkok village, Sekong Province. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Philippe Pernet.

The National Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme (GPAR) of the Government of Lao PDR has been formulated for the period 2011-15. This GPAR SCSD Joint Programme, formulated by UNDP and UNCDF, contributes significantly to meet the objectives of the National GPAR Programme.

The desired results by the end of this Joint Programme are improved policies and capacities that enable local administrations to initiate and monitor service delivery interventions against localized priorities which accelerate progress towards the MDGs; and improved capacities of district administrations to finance and implement service infrastructure and delivery that lead to improved access to public services and as well as improvements in human development levels, including key indicators related to women and children.

The design and implementation strategy is to build around a series of interrelated outputs that take forward proven results and innovations to strengthen the institutional frameworks and capacity of local public administration to improve the delivery of services to realize the overall outcome.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Assisting the Ministry of Home Affairs to clarify and disseminate a revitalized approach and set of regulations for devolved forms of sub-national government, including government’s “3 Sang” national pilot
  • 963 local officials trained on planning, financial management and project management during FY 2012/13, of which 121 were women. These enhanced skills were then applied in the provision of better local services funded through the District Development Fund (DDF) system
  • Performance Based Block Grants (DDF based) introduced in 8 districts, providing administrative oversight and incentives for improved overall performance linked to the local administration mandate
  • 18 new districts join the District Development FUND (DDF) system in FY 2012/13, investing $1.4 million USD in some 38 local infrastructure and 371 priority services, directly improving the lives of the rural poor. (DDF now operating in 53 districts nationwide, and has invested $4.9 million USD, built 326 local social investments and benefited over 300,000 people since inception in 2006)
  • 16 local One Door Service (ODS) centers continue to provide easier access to local citizens’ services. New Ministerial Instruction and guidelines disseminated and discussed which will provide for expanded service delivery at different levels of administration
  • 26 government officers (8 central & 18 local organizations) used GPAR CADEM Fund to improve their administrative procedures. 7 projects focus on gender mainstreaming and 10 projects focus on “3 Sang” initiatives
  • New District Service Delivery Monitoring System (D-SDMS) designed, and developing new system to capture regular feedback from local citizens on their local service delivery experiences. This will enhance both district level monitoring of key MDG related services and provided a more formal way for citizens feedback and participation in the perceived quantity and quality of these local services.

Who finances it?

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Government of Lao PDR, Republic of Korea
United Nations Capital Development Fund
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Government of Luxembourg

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2013: US$ 2,542,120.95



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MDG Trust Fund
Project Overview
Project Start Date
February 2012
Project End Date
December 2015
Geographic Coverage
Vientiane Capital, 66 Districts of the provinces of Saravane, Sekong, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang, Houaphan and Oudomsay with the possibility of limited but strategic coverage in Luangnamtha
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
Project Officers
Mr. Thilaphong Oudomsine;
Ms. Viengmala Phomsengsavanh
Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA);
Office of the Government;
Ministry of Justice;
Ministry of Planning and Investment;
Ministry of Finance;
Provincial Offices;
Central Committee for Organization and Personnel