National Governance and Public Administration Reform (GPAR) Programme - Governance for Inclusive Development Programme


Education service in Lao PDR
Education service delivery in Pakbeng Village, Bokeo Province. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Jim Buy


What is the programme about?

The Governance for Inclusive Development Programme (GIDP) is a joint initiative between UNDP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). It supports the Government of Lao PDR’s strong desire to strengthen its public administration’s ability to achieve better service delivery, promote wider governance improvements and increase citizens’ systematic engagement, especially at the local levels where basic services are coordinated, planned, tracked and reported.

The GIDP has been developed under the framework of the Government of Lao PDR’s National Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme (NGPAR). 

The programme will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in Lao PDR and the UNDP’s overarching goals of strengthening institutions and policies to support the delivery of quality services that better respond to citizens’ needs.


The GIDP, led by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) with linkages to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), seeks to create a more enabling governance environment that would improve service delivery and local development, with a particular focus on social inclusion in local governmental planning efforts, in particular women and ethnic groups.

Another objective of the programme is to enhance partnerships at the national level through the Governance Sector Working Group (co-chaired by UNDP) to promote multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on good governance and gender policies.

Expected Outcomes

The programme expects to work across targeted sectors and districts resulting in: Inclusive local service delivery and development; accountability framework and citizens’ feedback; and the expansion of partnerships and policy dialogue, with civil society engagement, for development effectiveness.

The programme reflects a strategic shift from grants-driven general infrastructure development to an intervention that seeks to leverage resources from various sources for addressing priority SDG-related service delivery, increased citizens’ and civil society engagement and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnership.

Resources are to be mobilized from development partners, and complemented by resources of local authorities and potentially, domestic capital as well, thereby making local development sustainable. 

Project Details

  • Duration: 2017-2021
  • Geographic coverage: National level
  • Focus area: Governance
  • Implementing partners:  Ministry of Home Affairs with cross-sector cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment and Provincial and District administrations.


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