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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have established a Joint Programme using a pass-through modality, entitled “Upazila Governance Project (UZGP)”.
UZGP introduce following major innovations at the local level:
The Joint Programme consists of four main components:
Strengthened Planning and Budgeting system at UZP with MDG orientation and pro-poor service delivery mechanism
The Joint Programme encompasses:
The intervention strategy falls within the frames of the following United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) outcome 1: “By 2016, all Bangladeshis including vulnerable groups are better represented and participate more in democratic processes and civil service and local governments’ are more responsive and better able to deliver public services”. For this purpose, the proposed intervention brings together UNDP’s recognized core mandate for Capacity Development with UNCDF’s specialized expertise in local governance and investment capital for fiscal decentralization. In addition, the 2009 Millennium Development Goals Progress Report for Bangladesh promotes the need for progressive approaches to local government to change the nature of the relationship between citizens and the state.
Project intervention principles are:
The Support for strengthen capacities of local governments and other stakeholders to foster participatory local development service delivery for the MDGs Joint Programme is implemented jointly by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) using a pass-through modality. The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the Participating UN Organisations, which manage their respective components of the Joint Programme.
The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperative (MLGRD&C) is on the overall supervision of the project and the SC is chaired by the Secretary of MLGRD&C. The SC is responsible for providing policy guidelines to the Programme. It also provides policy advice and guidance to facilitate the link between project activities and national development initiatives. The SC will meet twice a year.
Project Board (PB)
The Project Board will be responsible for the implementation of the UZGP project activities. The Project Board will be responsible for preparing and endorsing the quarterly work plan, quarterly progress report, annual work plan and annual progress report. It will supervise the overall project implementation and day-to-day management of the project. It will meet quarterly the first year and no less than twice a year for the rest of the project’s life time.
Delegated by the PB, the Project assurance role will be responsible for carrying out oversights and monitoring functions. This group, comprised by UNDP and UNCDF CO level teams, the role will ensure that the project management delivers planned outputs as per the annual work plan on the basis of the monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports. The team will organize monthly reviews with the project team and other reviews at the level of the PB.
The project manager will report to the Project Board and be accountable to the NPD (and UNDP /UNCDF) for day to day activities and provide feedback on any project issues, as and when required. S/he will also be responsible for overall coordination between project and UNDP and UNCDF and among different teams in achieving planned outputs, producing progress and financial reports and be responsible for the effective implementation of the project. The Project Manager will be responsible for delivering the project work plans.
The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations.
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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Administrative agent issues in Bangladesh:
Administrative Agent issues in New York:
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;