Oxfam’s Partnership for Citizen Engagement (PACE) receives MOU approval
A new project to improve good governance at the Lao People’s Provincial Assembly
Monday, July 8, 2019
Vientiane, Lao PDR - Oxfam and the National Assembly (NA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement the Partnership for Citizen Engagement (PACE) project in six provinces (Attapeu, Bokeo, Houaphan, Saravane, Vientiane, and Xekong) from 28 May 2019 through December 2021. Funding is provided by the European Union (EU) and OXFAM.
Good governance and the rule of law are essential for equitable and inclusive growth and development. The PACE project will engage with the newly established People’s Provincial Assemblies (PPAs), parliamentary staff, NA members, Mass Organizations, and Lao civil society in the target provinces to build skills and knowledge to promote enhanced citizen participation through participatory discussion, dialogue, outreach interventions and improved interactions with constituents.
Good governance and the rule of law form a necessary enabling environment for growth and development and represent a key dimension to addressing poverty reduction and inequality.
By equipping PPA members and parliamentary staff with improved knowledge on good governance, Lao PDR will be well on its way in ensuring fair and sustainable development across the country.
By agreeing to this MOU, the Lao government is acknowledging the importance of good governance in its development agenda. Oxfam and the EU appreciate the commitment and collaboration on this important initiative for the country and people of Lao PDR.
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