(Approximately 70 million CHF, 34% of overall budget)
- Women and men can voice their needs; they participate in shaping policies and public investment plans and hold public administrations accountable for their actions.
- Accountable public administrations deliver quality social services to citizens, with a focus on the most vulnerable.
- Rural women and men have secure and equitable access to and control over agricultural land and fores
At the regional level, SDC will contribute to improved cross border economic and environmental governance. The objective is to foster coherence between the national and regional level and to improve the cooperation between public, private, and civil society actors along value chains or in the governance of natural resources.
In Vietnam, SDC’s objective is to contribute to responsive, trans parent, and accountable public administrations to the benefit of citizens. Citizens will be enabled to plan and implement community service projects themselves and to participate through mechanisms that allow them to provide feedback to public administrations on the quality and accessibility of public services. During this last period of bilateral cooperation, the aim will be to assure the sustainability of those innovative and transformative approaches and to enable Vietnamese partner organizations to integrate them into their programs.
In Lao PDR, The program will continue with a two-pronged focus: (i) Supporting the Lao government to deliver more effective and efficient public services to the poor and vulnerable, and (ii) Promoting citizen participation in the development process. In response to the limited democratic space in the country, partner ships will be diversified and the emphasis will shift towards the second focus area, e.g. directly supporting emerging civil society actors. In addition, supporting the National Assembly will con tribute to strengthen checks and balances in the system. If an effective decentralization policy is implemented, SDC will assess possibilities to support this process.
In Cambodia, Strengthening local governance and restoring the social fabric destroyed by years of civil unrest is a prerequisite for inclusive and equitable development. SDC will contribute to inclusive and equitable development and public service delivery through strengthening local governance. A two-pronged approach will be implemented, strengthening equitable, efficient and responsive public services and promoting citizens’ voice, rights and participation in local decision making. This will complement SDC’s interventions in agriculture and skills development, which should be developed in the same provinces. Building and supporting platforms for exchange, dialogue, counseling, and trust-building at commune level is needed to cope with the wide spread trauma and necessity for reconciliation following the genocide and longstanding civil war.