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The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have established a Joint Programme, using a pass-through funding modality, entitled "Local Governance Support Project – Learning and Innovation Component (LGSP-LIC)." The Joint Programme aims to enhance decentralisation and local governance, and reduce poverty in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Learning and Innovation Component is an integral part of the wider national Local Governance Support Joint Programme – to promote better local governance and local service delivery. In particular, the Learning and Innovation Component builds the service delivery capacities of Union Parishads.
The LGSP-LIC Joint Programme encompasses:
The LGSP-LIC Joint Programme is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.
The Local Governance Support Project – Learning and Innovation Component (LGSP-LIC) Joint Programme introduced an incentive framework in 388 elected Union Parishads in the six districts of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, and is currently strengthening existing mechanisms for accountability and participation. The LGSP-LIC Joint Programme aims to build upon, and go beyond, the lessons learned from the Sirajganj Local Governance Development Project completed in 2006.
The main expected outcome is to improve the capacity of Union Parishads for effective, efficient, and accountable delivery of pro-poor infrastructure and services. The five summarised objectives are:
Objective 1: Increase financial resources made available to Union Parishads
Objective 2: Develop improved public expenditure systems for Union Parishads
Objective 3: Implement enhanced mechanisms for local accountability
Objective 4: Establish more effective framework for capacity development
Objective 5: Implement policy development informed by lessons learned
The Local Governance Support Project – Learning and Innovation Component (LGSP-LIC) Joint Programme is implemented jointly by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) using a pass-through funding modality. The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the Participating UN Organisations, which manage their respective components of the Joint Programme. The LGSP-LIC Joint Programme is governed by a Steering Committee.
The main objective of the Steering Committee is to facilitate effective implementation and coordination of the LGSP-LIC Joint Programme. The Steering Committee consists of: the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), representatives of the implementing partners (the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives - Local Government Division; the Monitoring, Inspection and Evaluation Wing of the Local Government Division; Union Parishads; and the National Institute of Local Government), and the donors as observers.
The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the LGSP-LIC Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donor(s) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations.
The Steering Committee discusses and approves work plans and budgets as well as any substantive or financial issues pertaining to implementation of the Local Governance Support Project – Learning and Innovation Component (LGSP-LIC) Joint Programme. The members agree to assume responsibility for performing joint monitoring of LGSP-LIC Joint Programme activities. Decisions are made by consensus. Members provide regular feedback on implementation of the LGSP-LIC Joint Programme, and propose any necessary corrective actions to resolve problems, ensure accountability, and make recommendations.
The Administrative Agent Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)] for the Local Governance Support Project – Learning and Innovation Component (LGSP-LIC) Joint Programme is responsible for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organisations in accordance with instructions from the Steering Committee; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organisations and Participating Non-UN Organisations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the donors.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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