Decentralization and Local Governance Project is a HELVETAS funded project since 2018. The overall goal of the project is to let citizens experience better quality of life as Local Governments in Bhutan gain capacities and implement citizen responsive, inclusive and accountable local governance.
This is bound to be achieved when (a) citizens are empowered to genuinely engage in local decision-making processes and in local monitoring, which will lead to better performance of Local Governments, (b) Local Government, the department of local governance and other local partners have clarity on respective institutional roles and responsibilities and coordinate among themselves to effectively support the implementation of local governance reforms, and (c) relevant national policies and systems are in place and conducive for local development and citizen engagement. 
This shall mean to have an engagement at all levels – macro, meso and micro – right from policy framing to better inter agency and inter-Gewog coordination to more citizen responsive, transparent, accountable and inclusive local governance. The primary stakeholders are youth and women in eight partner Gewogs in four Dzongkhags in Bhutan i.e., Tashigang (east), Tsirang (south), Trongsa (central) and Haa (West). The Project aims at three overall outcomes:
1.     Local governance & decentralisation policies and strategies are conducive for local development and citizen engagement 
2.     Intergovernmental coordination at the Dzongkhag level is effective and supports the implementation of local governance reforms in key priority areas 
3.     Citizens, with specific attention to women and youth, engage actively in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on local development 
The Project is expected to end by 2022.

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