United Nations Development Programme organizes workshop on decentralised governance and peace building

Islamabad, November 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Hiroshi Inomata has maintained that effective governance and community development is essential for peace and, based on this recognition, Japan has been collaborating with the UN agencies to promote socio-economic development in the region near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day training workshop on Decentralised Governance and Peace building here on Wednesday, H.E. Inomata said that the Japanese assistance to the Social Cohesion and Peace Building Programme for the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas was aimed at improving livelihoods of the community and building the capacity of local government entities. It also works towards improvement of public service delivery mechanisms for communities.

The training workshop concluded with the participants preparing plans of actions with strategies that promoted localized rule of law solutions and participatory budgeting involving communities.

The participants analysed some of the root causes of conflict and discussed factors that would contribute towards diffusing conflict and enabling a more peaceful environment amongst various groups.

The participants were working in areas that are currently facing a deteriorating security situation. The trainers shared experiences of Nepal and Bolivia which illustrated the link between decentralized governance and peace building.

The Japanese ambassador informed participants that the two-year programme included interventions ranging from improvement of community infrastructure and livelihoods, and provision of basic social services, to social mobilization.

“The programme also gives priority to capacity development of provincial and local government personnel, as can be seen from this training,” he said. H.E. Inomata distributed certificates among the participants, comprising senior officials of provincial government departments and agencies working for disaster management and rehabilitation.

UNDP Deputy Country Director Tracy Vienings, speaking on the occasion, said that the workshop was significant in the context of Pakistan, especially considering that the country was grappling with the implementation of the 18th constitutional amendment under which many subjects on the federal and concurrent lists had been devolved to the provincial list. Aspects of decentralization could be used as an opportunity to bring the government closer to the people; and empower them in participatory decision making in aspects of service delivery which affects their lives directly.

The three-day training workshop was facilitated by a team of trainers from the United Nations System Staff College. It will be followed by a two-day workshop on Conflict Analysis Tools starting Thursday, 28 th November.

For more information, contact:
Fatimah Inayet,
Communications Analyst
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan
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Islamabad, Pakistan
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