a. Goal and Objectives
The goal of the five-year LAAR Program is to:
Increase and institutionalize participatory democratic practices within Commune Councils and sub-national government; and, activate sustainable horizontal and vertical links between Commune Councils, civil society and national level government that positively impacts D&D reform.
The role of SILAKA is to support the partner PNGOs in scaling up and enhancing their capacity to effectively assist the CCs and civil society organizations supported by the Program. The objective of the partnership with SILAKA is to develop a program that ensures PNGOs can build the capacity of CCs and local communities to carry out the financial management of Social Development Fund (SDF) projects in a participatory, transparent, and accountable manner.
b. Program Structure
The LAAR Program will utilize a partnership approach based on a web of interactions between Pact, CCs, relevant government officials, provincial NGOs (PNGOs) and national capacity building partners. The approach will capitalize on the knowledge and experiences of all partners in order to create a community of shared learning. Between October 2005 and September 2010, Pact will provide support and social development funds for up to 500 CCs in ten provinces of Cambodia. Capacity building and program support for the 500 communes will be provided by selected provincial NGO partners (PNGOs). In order to scale up and enhance the ability of the PNGOs to provide capacity building and support to CCs, Pact will establish partnerships with national training institutions, including SILAKA.