UNDP - Government of Myanmar with operationalizing the One Stop Shop Concept under UNDP’s Local Government Program - 2015

Project Description:

Myanmar had undergone transformational change over the past decade with new state and region structures created under the 2008 Constitution yielding a different relationship with broader governance, peace and decentralization processes. Myanmar comprises of seven states and seven regions named in the 2008 Constitution, six self-administered zones or divisions, and one union territory containing the capital Nay Pyi Taw and surrounding townships. The smallest administrative unit is the village, with several combined together into village tracts. Urban wards, towns and village tracts are combined into townships. Collections of townships are organized as districts, which then form the region or state.

New subnational governments had created more liberal political space, albeit with limitations imposed on such change. The executive at state and region level was still dominated by top-down appointment processes; ministers had little control over the administrative mechanism, limiting the effectiveness of new governments. State and regional budgets remained relatively small which limited the ability to engender further reform to align the new political structures with administrative and fiscal arrangements.