LPSI presentation at Africities in Dakar: The Local Public Sector's role in achieving the MDGs

IDG News: Posted December 7, 2012

The MDGs currently provide the main framework for the international development community. However, this global development framework will expire in 2015. The international debate on the post-2015 development framework has already started. So far, issues related to decentralization and local governance have not been reflected in the main objectives of the global development community. The reality, however, is that all countries have to address multi-level governance and find ways to provide MDG related services throughout their national territory. Many developing countries are implementing decentralization processes which are an essential part of public sector reforms that contribute to enhance the legitimacy and effectiveness of the state through improved accountability, citizen participation and service delivery. These processes highly affect development outcomes as they influence public policies and contribute to good governance, local economic development and poverty reduction.

Unfortunately, there is little evidence in the academic literature to empirically prove the positive role of the local public sector in poverty reduction efforts. Without solid evidence, it is hard to convince central government officials and development partners to assign more responsibilities and financial resources to the local level. In this light the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) is teaming up with LPSI to analyze and document the extent to which increases in local public expenditures and improvements in local governance have resulted in improved MDG outcomes vis-a-vis increased spending on central bureaucracy?

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