Austrian Contribution to Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) - Output 3
Through the Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) harmonized assistance will be provided to strengthen the establishment of a fully fledged and effective local governance system in Bhutan. The programme will start as of July 2008 and operate until June 2013, coinciding with the 10th Five Year Plan period.
The Austrian contribution to the LGSP will support Output 3 ("Effective national support to training mechanisms for local government personnel and elected people"). The aim is to assist the government of Bhutan in its efforts to implement, update and improve a "minimum package" of training to all local governments as indicated in the Integrated Capacity Development Plan.
The Local Development Division of the Gross National Happiness Commission has prepared and implemented an Integrated Capacity Development Plan for local government staff. The core topics include roles and responsibilities, administrative functions, planning, budgeting, financial management and book-keeping. These topics are then tailored to five different groups of staff at the local government level, including elected and nominated representatives:
a) Sector Heads,
b) so-called Gups (Heads of the Gewogs or Blocks, which are made up of several villages. Gups are elected by the citizens of a Gewog for a period of three years.),
c) so-called Maangmai (Deputy Gups),
d) Clerks, and
e) so-called Tshogpas (Representative of a village or several villages).
In order to institutionalize local capacity development, assistance will be provided to the Local Development Division in order to update and enhance the existing curricula and add additional modules where and if necessary.