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"Local development fund" serving for children

Local development and children’s well-being are interrelated and therefore the Local Ddevelopment Fund is opportunity for both local development and improving the well-being of children.

The Government of Mongolia and UNICEF, through the 2012-2016 Country Programme   have set the goal of increasing public investment for children and improve the efficiency of the funds allocated to social sectors. As part of this initiative, the Ministry of Finance and UNICEF have jointly organized trainings for local government officials and decision makers for planning and utilizing the Local Development Fund (LDF) with the goal of having these resources benefit children, families, communities through meaningful participation.

The new budget law effective in January 2013 enabled local residents to take part in the decision making process on local development through the implementation of the LDF. The law emphasizes on the importance of having the participation of community members informing the allocation of the resources available through the LDF. The training was organized with  the objective of building capacity of relevant local officials of the Khovsgol province and Nalaikh district on ensuring participation of local residents, with a special focus on providing a child lens to the LDF planning and allocation process.
UNICEF Representative Mohammed Malick Fall in his opening remarks highlighted that “The country would develop by making timely investments for quality education for children, institutionalization of services meeting health requirements, increasing access to sanitation facilities, protecting children’s rights”. He also reiterated that “Analysis of other countries experiences shows that the consequences of not making timely investments for children are more costly for the country in the long-term”.


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For more information, please contact:
E. Undrakh, Communications Specialist, unenkhbat@unicef.org
N. Enkhnasan, Chief of Social Policy, enasanulzii@unicef.org

UNICEF Office for Mongolia
UN House, United Nations Street 12, Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar 14201
Tel: 976-11- 312183; 312185
Fax: 976-11- 327313

 

 
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