Partnership between Ministry of Interior, UNDP and the European Union in support of Local Development and Participatory Democracy

May 12, 2016

                                       Funding by the European Union of € 8 million

Algiers- A program of capacity building in local development / joint models (CapDEL) was signed today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Algerian Government . Previously a financing agreement was signed between the Algerian government and the European Union on this project.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Commissioner for the negotiations of the European neighborhood policy and enlargement, Johannes Hahn, on an official visit to Algiers, the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, and Cristina Amaral, UNDP resident Representative in Algeria.

The CapDEL program funded by the European Union, with an amount of 8 million euros, and by the Algerian Government with 3 million dollars for a 4-year period, aims to strengthen human and institutional capacities of actors premises to promote citizen participation, link between local development actors, to better planning and implementation of municipal development programs in particular economic development and the management of natural risks and disasters to ensure a coordinated, transparent, and responsive communal governance to the needs and expectations of citizens, especially young people and women and integrated local human development.

The 10 pilot municipalities concerned by the CapDel are: Timimoun (Adrar) El Khroub (Wilaya de Constantine) Oueld Ben Abdelkader (Wilaya of Chlef) Tigzirt (Tizi Ouzou Province) Ghazaouet (Tlemcen Wilaya) Messad (Wilaya of Djelfa ) Djanet (Illizi Wilaya) Djemila (Sétif Province) Babar (khenchela province) Beni Maouche (wilaya of Bejaia).

At the signing ceremony, Mr. Mokrani of Europe General Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the novelty of this triangular cooperation between the Algerian Government, UNDP and the European Union.

"The partnership between UNDP, the Government of Algeria and the European Union is a form of creative synergies in the field of cooperation between the Algerian government and its international partners in supporting citizen participation and local governance” said Ms. Amaral.

This approach through the promotion of best practices, tools and mechanisms at regional and international level will help position Algeria as a model in terms of local human development, particularly in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level.

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