Norway gives US$1.2 million for local government and decentralization

Oct 23, 2012

imageA training session on regulations for planning and implementation is conducted for the Oecusse District Assembly in March 2010. Photo Local Governance Support Programme, UNDP TL-UNCDF

Dili – A programme supporting the development of an accountable and effective local government system in Timor-Leste will be strengthened with a US$1.2 million (KRONERS 6.5 million) grant from the Government of Norway.

The UNDP-UNCDF Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) has received the funds from Norway, which has been supporting local governance systems in Timor-Leste since 2006.

The funds will support the Timor-Leste’s Fifth Constitutional Government decentralization and local government plans for the next five years.

The agreement, signed this week between the Government of Norway and UNDP, will channel Norwegian support through the UNDP-UNCDF Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP).

LGSP aims to strengthen the ability of the Ministry of State Administration to deliver an accountable and effective local governance system so that local government can deliver better services to the people.

“Norway is proud to cooperate with the Government of Timor-Leste and UNDP to continue support the Local Governance Support Program,” said Ambassador Stig Traavik.

“Timor-Leste has progressed fast in the last ten years, and we want to see the progress in democratic governance and poverty reduction.”

“We are grateful for Norway’s cooperation in strengthening the decentralization and local governance system in Timor-Leste as part of the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General.

“Decentralization will be an important step towards citizens’ engagement in decision-making and in accessing a better quality of public services at local levels,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General.

UNDP and UNCDF have been supporting Timor-Leste’s Local Governance System since 2006, assisting with the development of policies, legislation and capacities for local governance systems.

With support from LGSP the Government has been able to use public funds to implement local development projects based on priority needs identified by the community through a participatory planning, implementation and monitoring system with the engagement of local communities, suco leadership and district officials.