Support to Implementation of Local Administration Reform Project finalized

01 Dec 2011

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Project for Support to Local Administration Reform has been finalized. The Project, which aimed at contributing to establishment of effective, transparent, inclusive and participatory local administration in Turkey, has been finalized on 2 December 2011 with the closing event in Ankara.

New Horizons - Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project (LAR Phase II) started implementation in September 2009.

The Project was executed by the Ministry of Interior, within the scope of European Union-Turkey Pre-Accession Financial Cooperation Programme, through the financial support of the European Union and technical assistance of the United Nations Development Programme.

The specific objective of the Project was to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of the Ministry of Interior (especially General Directorate of Local Authorities, provincial and district governorates), local authorities and their unions in the task of ensuring the effective implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration.

In line with this objective, UNDP established a technical assistance team to provide required support for the Ministry of Interior and ensure the highest standards in implementation of planned activities. The Project was implemented for two years, operating under five main components.

These components were; Capacity Building at the Local Authorities,   Capacity Building at the Union of Local Authorities, Strengthening Local Participatory Mechanisms, Improvement of Municipal Coordination and Cooperation and Capacity Enhancement at the Ministry of Interior.