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Project ID:00073277Description:Bhutan - Governance
Bhutan UN Country Fund
Start Date *: 14 Dec 2009
End Date*: 31 Dec 2013
Country: Bhutan Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

UNDAF Outcome 4: By 2012, institutional capacity and people’s participation strengthened to ensure good governance. (MDGs 1, 3, 8)

CT Outcome 1: Transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, participation and accountability strengthened at all levels.

Strategy/Outputs: UNDP, UNESCO and UNV will promote e-governance at both national and local levels to narrow the urban-rural and female-male digital divide. UNDP will continue its partnership with the Government to curb corruption through capacity development of key agencies to combat corruption and promote accountability.

The ExCom Agencies will enhance the capacity of the national and local governments in developing and implementing sound public financial and resource management practices, as identified in the macro-assessment for harmonized approach to cash transfer (HACT) for UNDAF 2008-2012. UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF will partner with the media and CSOs to strengthen their role in ensuring transparency through improved access to information.

CT Outcome 2: Strengthened national capacity and systems to formulate, review and implement national legislation in line with ratified international conventions.

Strategy/Outputs: The United Nations, including UNDP, UNICEF and UNIFEM will develop national capacity in international treaty reporting obligations, including CRC and CEDAW reporting. UNESCO will assist the Government in the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Capacity also will be developed among relevant institutions to share information with partners and the public on ratified international conventions. The Government will be supported to formulate a coordinated and comprehensive national framework, structures and service systems to protect women and children from abuse and violence, and to develop national capacity in this regard. The capacity of the judiciary and law enforcement and other relevant agencies will be developed to uphold the rule of law, implement juvenile justice and practice women- and child-friendly procedures. National capacity also will be developed to draft, review and implement national policies and legislation.

CT Outcome 3: Capacity of key institutions to support parliamentary democracy strengthened.

Strategy/Outputs: UNDP will support ongoing capacity development of the new democratic governance system, including that of the National Council, the parliament, the Prime Minister’s office, the Election Commission of Bhutan and the judiciary, to ensure gender-inclusive democratic governance and rule of law. UNDP will also support the Government in conducting the first democratic elections, through civic and voter education training and public awareness campaigns.

CT Outcome 4: Local governance systems and capacity strengthened with increased participation of women.

Strategy/Outputs: In line with the Local Government Act, UNDP, UNCDF and UNICEF will develop the capacity of local governments and empower communities in planning, implementing and effective managing resources with the aim of achieving the MDGs. The United Nations will support the Government in integrating the National Plan of Action on Gender into the formulation of the 10th FYP. In partnership with NCWC and relevant agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNV will support the Government in developing the capacity and empowering women in districts and communities to effectively participate in making decisions on development activities. The United Nations will support capacity development of local administrative bodies through continued technical and financial support for block grants and an integrated development approach at the gewog level. Support will include promotion of a ‘onestop shop’ approach where information and services can be accessed from a designated place in districts/gewogs.

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