UNDP to sign US$390 million governance programme with DRC

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a US$390 million governance programme with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The programme aims to promote a system of stable and credible governance to support sustainable human development in the country.

The European Union and Switzerland are contributing three million Euros and approximately $1.5 million, respectively. The governance supports the growth and poverty reduction strategy paper of the DRC and consists of five strategic governance components: political, administrative, economic, local, as well as legal and security issues. The political governance branch of the programme seeks to provide support for institutions like the Parliament and provincial assemblies, as well as political parties, the media, and civil society organisations. The administrative governance component will provide assistance in connection with interdepartmental coordination, public administration reform, the census of civil servants, the rationalisation of structures, the streamlining of employment and manpower, the strengthening of the provincial and territorial civil services, and the development of human resources, with a particular focus on gender equality. As for the local governance component, support will focus on decentralisation and the coordination efforts to establish the legal and institutional framework for the Decentralised Territorial Entities.