Joint Programme on Local Governance

What is the Project About

          The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG) aims to strengthen local governance and enhance decentralized services in all the regions of Somalia. JPLG II was initiated in 2013 with the overall objective to promote improvements in local governance quality that can contribute to peace consolidation, development and equitable service delivery.  As part of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG) with UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNCDF and ILO, UNDP helps address these fundamental challenges of weak institutions and resource with unclear roles and responsibilities and an urgent need to increase the capacity of local government to deliver public services. This is largely funded through Sweden, European Commission, DFID, Norway and Denmark.

Since the beginning of the programme there has been considerable progress, in terms of policy and capacity for local governance and service delivery. However there is still limited trust in government structures at both central and local levels, which in turn means that their legitimacy is often contested. This can increase the risk of a return to instability and conflict. Moreover, the political space is still limited especially in southern areas, where radical groups restrict the voice of many, including women.

In order to achieve the objectives the programme has three specific programme area. These three strategic programme areas are mutually reinforcing:

  1. Supporting policy and legislative reforms for functional, fiscal and administrative decentralization that clarify and enhance the role of local government, its relationship to central government, and as a means to improve local service delivery.
  2. Improving local government capacity for equitable service delivery.
  3. Improving and expanding the delivery of sustainable services to citizens in an equitable, responsive and socially accountable manner and promoting local economic environment.

The JPLG II is focusing on geographical expansion on where the most urgent needs and opportunities materialize, including an increased presence in south and central Somalia where a substantial number of districts have recently become accessible.



What We Have Accomplished


The reported results below reflect achievements in 2014

UNDP continued to improve policy and legal frameworks to enable local governments to effectively deliver equitable services in 2013. UNDP provided technical support in producing a draft decentralization policy and roadmap for Somaliland and Puntland, which will be implemented in conjunction with a capacity development strategy.

Also, UNDP continues to facilitate dialogue on decentralization between ministries of the Federal Government of Somalia which will inform the drafting of a policy. Furthermore, 13 District Councils and 513 administrative staff – including 70 women – were trained on Public Planning and Expenditures Management processes. Also, UNDP supported a change management process to improve coordination and effectiveness of the Municipality of Mogadishu with the Federal Government of Somalia.

UNDP’s engagement with four priority districts in south central helped lay the groundwork for public planning and expenditure management training that was successfully conducted in the district of Adado.

Who Finances it?

 Donor name

Amount contributed per year in US$

2015

MULTI DONOR TRUST FUND

4,320,863

2014

MULTI DONOR TRUST FUND

4,066,882

  2013

MULTI DONOR TRUST FUND

3,557,667

GOVERNMENT OF SWEDEN

92,698

2012

MULTI DONOR TRUST FUND

3,264,722

2011

MULTI DONOR TRUST FUND

4,620,421

Delivery in previous fiscal year in US$

Dec 2015

4,140,853

Dec 2014

3,624,284

Dec 2013

3,154,274

Dec 2012

3,677,131

Dec 2011

4,620,421

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