"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 Office for Mongolia