The Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) is an eight-year (2008-2016) collaborative project of the Governments of Canada and the Philippines. The goal of the Program is to foster efficient, responsive, transparent and accountable governance at all levels. Its purpose is to reduce poverty by strengthening local governance and supporting sustainable local economic development (LED). The Program operates both at the national and local levels, providing a better enabling environment for local government units (LGUs) and improving the prospects for local economic development in various communities.
At the local level, LGSP-LED’s work will provide support to selected LGUs in developing and implementing their local economic development approaches. The intention is to build the capacity of LGUs to develop innovative LED methods that can produce important job creation and economic results for women and men, and improve the governance environment to support economic development. The national and local components are mutually supportive, with lessons learned that will influence improvements to the enabling environment for LED.
At the national level, LGSP-LED will improve the enabling environment for decentralization and local governance in the Philippines, with a focus on how this supports LED. It will also address ways to improve the coordination and rationalization of LED approaches in the country.
LGSP-LED is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) (www.canurb.com) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) (www.accc.ca).
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