With the country’s decentralization policy at a very early stage of implementation, there are significant capacity and resources gaps at the local level. In particular, the capacity to collect and utilize child rights data to inform local policies and decisions remain weak. Child and community participation to influence national decisions on prioritising expenditures at sub-national level is still low.
Advocating for local governance committed to improving the lives of children within their jurisdiction by realizing their rights as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Child Friendly Community framework focuses on promoting and protecting children’s rights at local level and encourages communities to address priority issues of children. UNICEF continues to advocate for low-cost, high-efficiency service delivery models which were successfully piloted in Khuvsgul province and Nalaikh district. UNICEF also provides technical assistance to build local government’s capability to prioritize children’s needs in local plans and budgets.
With UNICEF’s technical support, the local governments in all four new geographic focus areas formally adopted up Child Friendly Community Strategies, including setting up children’s councils, integrating child-friendly plans with local development plans, and putting in place mechanisms to ensure children could take part in decision-making.
These resources represent just a small selection of materials related to the Local Governance Programme of UNICEF Mongolia and its partners. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information.