Capacity for Governance Programme (CGP): Accountability and oversight in resource management
The CGP is designed to improve the lives of the people by strengthening government accountability, increasing public participation in governance and through sustainable electoral processes. The programme will be delivered through three sub-components – Electoral reform and Deepening of democracy, Public accountability and Local governance.
The programme aims to deliver the following four main outcomes;
1. Increased ability of national and state independent electoral commissions to successfully conduct free and fair elections
2. More open and responsive public institutions and greater citizen engagement in the political process and decision-making (political parties and legislatures, groups and actors such as women, youth, civil society and the mass media)
3. Further integration of anti-corruption measures and procurement reform in public sector management
4. Functioning local governance systems that are responsive to public demands, providing improved coverage and quality of basic services in selected states.
The strategies for achieving these outcomes include implementing programmes that recognise and address inter-linkages between political, economic, social and cultural factors; tailored training and re-training to specific requirements of beneficiaries; platforms to encourage citizen participation (especially of women and youths) in governance and the political process; strict adherence to impartial engagement, advice and assistance including coordination of development partners, in keeping with the role and mission of the UN all underscored by the UN Common Understanding on a Human Rights-based approach, to ensure that all programmes and development cooperation, policies and technical assistance should further the realisation of human rights.
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