Citizen Engagement for Good Governance, Accountability and the Rule of Law (CEGGA)
In Lao PDR, the space for citizens’ involvement in public affairs is a challenge, as the overall environment for the civil society is strongly controlled and not conducive. While the National Assembly (NA) is assuming a more assertive oversight and representative role, it still faces many constraints to function as an effective representative body. The new CEGGA Programme will provide more opportunities for Lao CSOs to engage in the country development processes, and to collaborate with the NA in bringing local experience, lessons learned and citizen’s voice to the NA. It will also strengthen the NA’s autonomous role, contributing to a greater formal division of power, and to engage more systematically with non-state actors as part of its deliberations on draft legislation.
Democratic participation and civil society
Public sector policy
- About 85 Lao CSOs have increased their technical and organizational capacities. This has enabled them to develop needs-based programs and contributed to improve the quality of services and livelihood of 130’000 disadvantaged people in rural areas.
- 34 of these CSOs were supported in the development of 42 project proposals, of which 31 were successfully funded by other donors.
- CSOs engaged in policy and human rights dialogue at national, regional and international levels.
- Other OI
The Lao PDR has a one-party state system, and the formal operating space for independent Lao CSOs is tightly regulated. The role of CSOs in poverty reduction is recognised by authorities, albeit strictly controlled. The National Assembly has taken cautious steps towards outreach, accountability and oversight. However, resources and capacities remain underdeveloped and the division between legislative and executive bodies is not strictly enforced. Strengthening the link between the State as the provider and the citizens as recipients of public services will be essential to enhance further progress, as the Lao Government is committed to establishing a “Rule of Law State” by 2020. Increasing citizen’s engagement in political processes will help to ensure that public resources are being used wisely and for the benefit of all.
“A more inclusive development process in Laos based on increased citizens’ engagement in the national development process and established rule of law”.
Direct beneficiaries: local CSOs and INGOs; National Assembly members; MOHA and MOJ
Indirect beneficiaries: Lao citizens (women and men, with focus on ethnic groups in remote areas) in selected provinces.
Outcome 1: Civil society
Outcome 2: National Assembly
Outcome 3: Access to Justice
SDC will earmark its contribution to Outcomes 1 and 2, as access to justice support is not part of the SDC’s Local Governance and Citizen Participation Domain’s strategic orientations (and corresponding indicators), under the current SDC Mekong Region Strategy 2013-2017.
Under Outcome 1 and 2 (SDC’s contribution):
1.1. The organisational capacities of CSOs to implement small projects are improved;
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
Other International Organization
Ministry of Home Affairs (leading partner), National Assembly, Ministry of Justice, Local CSO’s (including NPA’s), International NGOs.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
EU projects: Legal Sector Master Plan, N-GPAR;
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 5'950'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 5'011'424|
|Project phases||Phase 2 01.06.2016 - 31.03.2022 (Current phase) Phase 1 01.05.2011 - 30.04.2016 (Completed)|