Local Governance Programme

What is the Programme about?


UNDP’s Local Governance Programme was initiated with the aim of enhancing local service delivery for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and to strengthen the local democratic dialogue and support processes that enable citizens to hold local government institutions accountable.

Implemented by the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, and with the financial support from the Government of Norway, the programme is now reaching its fruitful conclusion. During the past five years, through a combination of local and policy-level interventions and broad partnerships between central district and divisional government institutions, civil society, and development actors, the Programme has achieved important milestones.

What did we accomplish?

  • Supported the development of the Eastern Development Plan which has helped the Eastern Provincial Council better develop policies and undertake public consultation in key areas of peace-building and development.
  • The Citizen’s Charter, finalized and displayed in 14,022 Grama Niladhari (village clusters) officers island-wide, and in 108 divisions and 8 districts with support from the Project, is producing an array of public information and manuals related to mandatory public services in these respective villages, divisions and districts, including feedback and performance evaluation systems on the services delivered. While allowing the public to know what services they are entitled to, it also helps to hold the public service accountable for the quality of the services provided, contributing to improving service delivery.  
  • Supported the Ministry of Public Administration to develop 20 Work Manuals that detail the functions of public officers in various sectors, including Samurdhi (welfare), human resources and institutional management, planning and development and financial management.
  • The Programme has supported 13 districts of the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Uva Provinces to introduce results-based planning and monitoring mechanisms specifically developed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
  • The Programme has helped to establish links between approximately 450 community-based organizations and 15 Divisional Secretariats in Northern villages so that these organizations are better equipped to become active development partners and accountable service providers, complementing essential government functions.
  • The Course for Youth Catalysts', carried out with support from the Programme, in collaboration with the University of Jaffna, helped enhance the leadership skills of over 200 youth in the formerly conflict-affected regions of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. With the training, 50% of the participants received employment in humanitarian and development projects and with government institutions, while 109 youths actively participated at the Divisional network forum and worked closely with the Divisional Secretariat in planning and implementation activities. It also helped create and strengthen networks among the youth and duty bearers of the government institutions at divisional and district level.

Who financed it?

Donor name

Amount contributed

Government of Norway

US$ 1,542845.21


US$ 500,000


US$ 656,104.11


US$ 912,775.42

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Total expenditure
Year Amount contributed by year
2008 US$ 49,376
2009 US$ 280,632.97
2010 US$ 975,295.58
2011 US$ 1,400,815.26

US$ 835,469.44

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