Local Public Sector Finances, Governance And Service Delivery

Practices And Experiences In Measuring The Local Public Sector

An Expert Roundtable convened by the
Urban Institute Center On International Development And Governance
2100 M Street, NW, Washington DC 20037
Friday January 13, 2012

The Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) was initiated by The Urban Institute in December 2010 to advance the understanding of the local public sector. An expert roundtable was be held on Friday, January 13, 2012, in order to bring together experts from the World Bank, the IMF, OECD, USAID, academia, and other selected policy practitioners.

The purpose of the seminar and roundtable was to identify gaps in the state of knowledge on the linkages between local public sector finances, subnational governance and local public services in developing and transition countries. The roundtable also served to gather input into LPSI's Local Public Sector data collection methodology in order to allow the LPSI effort to be informed by existing practices, experiences, and current shortcomings in the measurement of the local public sector and local public sector finances.

Roundtable presentations, handouts, background materials, and links to streaming video from the Roundtable are available below. Click on the UStream screen below or the video icons (Video Icon) for each session to watch streaming video of each roundtable panel session.




   
LPSI Expert Roundtable, January 2012
 



09:00 AN EXPANDED VIEW OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC SECTOR Link to Video
Moderator: Charles Cadwell (Urban Institute)

09:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Robert Reischauer (Urban Institute)
09:15 Introducing the Local Public Sector Initiative, Jamie Boex (Urban Institute)
09:45 Local Government Discretion and Accountability: A Diagnostic Framework, Serdar Yilmaz (World Bank)
10:15 Roundtable Discussion
 
11:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: DEVELOPMENT AND THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC SECTOR - WHAT DO WE KNOW AND WHERE ARE THE GAPS? Link to Video
Moderator: Blanca Moreno-Dodson (World Bank)

11:00 Panel Remarks (5-8 minutes each)
Decentralization Measures Revisited: An Academic Perspective, Andrey Timofeev (Georgia State University)
Lessons from USAID's Comparative Assessment of Decentralization in Africa, Tyler Dickovick (Washington and Lee University)
Decentralization in Eastern Europe, Leif Jensen (World Bank)
Decentralization in Latin America and the Caribbean, Fernando Rojas (World Bank)
11:45 Roundtable Discussion
 
13:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: COLLECTING LOCAL PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE DATA: PRACTICES AND EXPERIENCES Link to Video
Moderator: Jonas Frank (World Bank)

13:30 Panel Remarks (5-8 minutes each)
IMF Practices and Experiences with in Collecting Local Public Sector Finance Statistics, Claudia Dziobek (IMF)
The World Banks's 14 Decentralization Indicators, Lorena Vinuela (World Bank)
OECD Practices and Experiences with in Collecting Subnational Fiscal Data, HansJoerg Bloechliger (OECD)
Experiences from UCLG's Global Observatory of Local Development, Claire Frost (UCLG)
Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability: The PEFA Approach, Frans Ronsholt (PEFA)
14:15 Roundtable Discussion
 
15:00 LESSONS AND CONCLUSIONS FOR THE LOCAL PUBLIC SECTOR INITIATIVE Link to Video
15:00 Lessons and conclusions for the LPS Initiative, Robert Ebel (University of the District of Columbia)
15:20 Concluding remarks, Charles Cadwell (Urban Institute)