Background, News, Blogs and Events

This page provides news, blog posts, and information on the Local Public Sector Initiative, as well as on presentations and events on the local public sector and related topics which may be of interest to our partners and community of practice. Please contact us if you have relevant news or events that you would like us to add to this listing.


2015

  A Comparative Overview of Local Governance Systems in Selected Countries
LPSI's second working paper presents a comparative analysis of local government systems in six countries, including Cambodia, Mozambique, Kerala, India, the Philippines, as well as Tanzania and Indonesia.
LPSI News: Posted - October 2015

  New IDB Subnational Governments and Decentralization Sector Framework Document
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB/BID) released it new Subnational Governments and Decentralization Sector Framework Document in June 2015.
LPSI News: Posted - July 2015

  The Vertical Assignment Of Functions And Expenditure Responsibilities
The Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) launches a working paper that provides both a conceptual and practical understanding of "how to" effectively assign functional responsibilities and authorities to different levels or tiers in the context of a multilevel governance system.
LPSI News: Posted - May 2015

  The State of Local Governance Institutions
In order to fill a major knowledge gap on the role of local governance institutions in different countries, the Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) together with UNDP is initiating an effort to map the global State of Local Governance Institutions.
LPSI News: Posted - May 2015

  Handbook of Multi-Level Finance
This new book —edited by Ehtisham Ahmad and Giorgio Brosio—develops in greater detail "how to" make multi-level government finance and policies work in the presence of the political economy constraints associated with a second-generation fiscal federalism.
LPSI News: Posted - May 2015

  Local Governance and Decentralization in Myanmar
UNDP and the Ministry of Home Affairs in Myanmar embarked on a nationwide local governance mapping to see how people are experiencing different aspects of local governance. The mapping is captured in 14 reports on The State of Local Governance in Myanmar.
LPSI News: Posted - March 2015

  Why Local Governments Need to Care About Municipal Finances
There is a huge gap in cities between the needs of citizens and the resources available to help them. At the launch of their recently published book, Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic and Mihaly Kopanyi emphasize the practical lessons for municipalities on managing their finances.
LPSI News: Posted - January 2015

2014

  The Technical is Political: Sectoral Characteristics That Influence Local Service Delivery
Sector-specific service characteristics often have important implications for the interaction between the service provider and the client, the composition of expenditures in each sector, and may help explain the political dynamics of particular services.
LPSI News: Posted - June 2014

  Improving Local Health Systems for Global Health Results
While there have been dramatic successes in global health outcomes in many countries, achieving systemic improvements in the public health systems that are used to deliver local health services remains a global challenge.
LPSI Event: Posted - June 2014

  GIZ launches new advisory strategy on decentralization and local governance
In today's world, regions, cities and municipalities exert a decisive influence over the living conditions and quality of life of a nation's citizens. GIZ's new advisory approach presents the agency's strategy to strengthening decentralized governmental and administrative systems.
LPSI News: Posted - June 2014

  Localizing development: intermediate results from UI-DELOG study are presented at World Urban Forum
The first tentative results from the study on the role of the Local Public Sector in Achieving Development Outcomes in Health and Education are presented at the World Urban Forum in Medellin.
LPSI News: Posted - April 2014

  Fragmented governance and local service delivery in Malawi
ODI recently carried out a study to better understand how local government works in Malawi; how decentralisation affects local service delivery; and whether the return of local councils is likely to improve the delivery of services.
LPSI News: Posted - March 2014

  Self-Assessing Sustainable Local Development: A Tool for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The Self-Assessment Tool for Sustainable Local Development helps local actors to assess their current status and create consensus on pathways towards a more sustainable future by simultaneously addressing governance, socio-economic and environment issues.
LPSI News: Posted - March 2014

  What is the State of Local Participatory Democracy?
One of the most important factors needed to achieve human development has been largely missing from the international development agenda: democratic decentralization, and the establishment of local governance that is responsive, transparent, effective and participatory.
LPSI News: Posted - March 2014

  Electoral Accountability and Local Government Spending in Indonesia
Proponents of devolution suggest that directly elected local governments are more responsive and accountable to the people. A recent World Bank study explores this question by analyzing local expenditures in Indonesia.
LPSI News: Posted - February 2014

  What is the impact of local governance on the effectiveness of the public sector?
Using LPS Expenditure Profiles, the question is explored whether different types of local spending result in different levels of government effectiveness. Our analysis suggests that while devolved and deconcentrated expenditures contribute positively to the effectiveness of the public sector, centrally-controlled local public sector expenditures do not.
LPSI Blog: Posted - January 2014

  What drives decentralization: poverty reduction or politics? Insights from the Malawi farm input subsidy program
A recent World Bank Working Paper explores the potential of centralized versus decentralized beneficiary targeting, using data for the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program. The analysis shows that the national government, districts, and communities are nearly uniform in their failure to target the poor.
LPSI News: Posted - January 2014

2013

Progress on data collection for study on the local public sector's role in achieving development goals
In October 2013, the Development Partner Working Group on Decentralization and Local Governance-in collaboration with LPSI-launched a cross-country study on the contribution of local public sector in achieving global development goals. As the first phase of the study, development organizations have started collecting data on the structure, financing and functioning of the Local Public Sector in countries around the world.
LPSI News: Posted - December 2013

ADB report points to local governance reform as a requirement for improving local public services
The ADB's recent Asian Development Outlook (October 2013) notes that good governance is increasingly recognized as not only a goal in itself but also a means to sustain economic growth and achieve improvement in other development indicators.
LPSI News: Posted - December 2013

How to empower the poor? How the success of a small charity highlights the important role of the local public sector
The efforts of a small charity have recently caught public attention for helping poor people in the developing world in an unusual way: by giving poor households money with no strings attached. This blog by Dr. Jamie Boex points out that achieving sustainable development will require more than poverty reduction alone - in addition, people will need to be empowered over their (local) public sector.
LPSI Blog: Posted - November 2013

The role of the Local Public Sector in achieving sustainable development: Does more spending at the local level result in better development outcomes?
With support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), The Urban Institute engaged in a detailed analysis of local public sector finances in ten developing countries, with the intent to better understand the size and role of Local Public Sector finances in achieving a country's development objectives. The results from this study were presented at a meeting of USAID's Economic Growth Sector Council on July 2, 2013.
LPSI News: Posted - July 2013

Empowering Local Authorities in partner countries for enhanced governance and more effective development outcomes
On May 15, 2013, the European Commission approved and released a communication that articulates the EC's view on the need to empower local authorities in developing countries around the world. With this communication, the EC emphasizes the importance of local governments not only as important agents for democratic governance, but also, as key stakeholders in the process of localizing public services and development.
LPSI News: Posted - May 2013

2012

LPSI presentation at Africities in Dakar, Senegal: The Local Public Sector's role in achieving the MDGs
As part of the Special Session on MDGs and the Post-2015 Agenda: Development Partners' Support to Local Governments organized by DeLoG, Jamie Boex made a presentation on December 5, 2012, during Africities in Dakar, Senegal, on the Local Public Sector's role in achieving the MDGs.
LPSI Event: Posted - December 2012

Land Based Financing: Linkages to Asset Management and Land Administration by Local Governments
The World Bank announces a presentation on local-level asset management and land administration by Olga Kaganova (Senior Fellow, Urban Institute) on July 12, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - July 2012

7th annual meeting of the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) hosted in Berlin
The 7th annual meeting of the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance was held in Berlin from May 30 through June 1, 2012. The meeting was jointly hosted by BMZ, KfW and GIZ.
LPSI Event: Posted - July 2012

Measuring Local Public Sector Finances: Getting the Bigger Picture
The South Asia Multisectoral Decentralization Group at the World Bank announces a presentation on Measuring Local Public Sector Finances: Getting the Bigger Picture -presented by Jamie Boex, Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance- on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - May 2012

Who is in Charge of the City? Urban Governance in India
The South Asia Multisectoral Decentralization Group at the World Bank announces a presentation on urban governance in India -presented by Mr. K.C. Shivaramkrishnan, Center for Policy Research, India- on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - April 2012

Building Capacity in 4000+ Urban Local Governments In India
The South Asia Multisectoral Decentralization Group at the World Bank announced a presentation on franchising as a model for professionalization of water utilities in India' on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - April 2012

URBANIZED: A Movie by Gary Hustwit
The South Asia Multisectoral Decentralization Group at the World Bank announced a "Urbanized", a movie by Gary Hustwit on Thursday, March 8, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - March 2012

Social Audits of Local Governments in Bangladesh: Lessons for Increasing Voice and Accountability
The South Asia Multisectoral Decentralization Group at the World Bank announced a presentation by Nilufar Ahmad on 'Using Poverty and Infrastructure Gap Data to Design Fiscal Flows to Local Governments: The Case of Bhutan' on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - January 2012

Using Poverty and Infrastructure Gap Data to Design Fiscal Flows to Local Governments: The Case of Bhutan
The South Asia Multisectoral Decentralization Group at the World Bank announced a presentation by Andy Kotikula on 'Social Audits of Local Governments in Bangladesh: Lessons for Increasing Voice and Accountability' on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
LPSI Event: Posted - January 2012

2011

Hold the Date: LPSI Expert Roundtable on Friday, January 13, 2012
An LPSI expert roundtable has been scheduled on Friday, January 13, 2012. The roundtable will bring together experts from USAID, The World Bank, the IMF, academia, and other selected policy practitioners to identify gaps in the state of knowledge on the linkages between local public sector finances, subnational governance and local public service in developing and transition countries.
LPSI Event: Posted - December 2011

(The) Local Public Sector Matters (December 2011)
Click on the link above to download '(The) Local Public Sector Matters' - a news brief with information on the activities of the Local Public Sector Initiative.
LPSI Document: Posted - December 2011