Public Service Delivery and the Local Public Sector

The success of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 global development agenda is closely tied to the effectiveness with which the public sector in countries around the world provides services to their citizens. Equitable access to basic education, health care, clean drinking water, sanitation, and many other public services allows people to lift themselves out of poverty, live up to their human potential, and contribute to development of their communities and nations.

Since the public services that critical for human development and poverty reduction are -by their very nature- delivered in a localized manner, it could be said that all global development is truly local.

The Local Public Sector Initiative recognizes that unlocking the potential of the local public sector across a wide range of social and economics services requires local official and front-line service delivery staff to given the necessary resources, discretion, and incentives to do their jobs well and, second, for local officials and staff to be held accountable for their performance.

LPSI's research agenda seeks to advance the state of knowledge on how discretion, incentives and accountability in the localized delivery of public services combine to achieve an effective and equitable local public sector.