About SNG

The Sub-National Governance (SNG) Programme achieves its objectives through supporting reforms in planning, budgeting, and monitoring to establish the systems and processes that will enable the governments to respond more efficiently and accountably to the public service needs of local communities.

We do this by providing the governments with support in four main areas:

  • Assessing citizen’s needs through surveys, public consultations and other approaches
  • Aligning budgets with citizens’ needs through output-based budgeting and other techniques
  • Piloting novel solutions to public service delivery, using 5.4 million £X  District Development Challenge Fund (DDCF)
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress using a range of techniques and technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Strengthening decentralized governance

How We Work

The program works through evidence-based identification of needs of the people using innovative techniques such as GIS as well as leveraging on citizen feedback platforms to gauge the quality of public services. SNG also supports new and innovative ideas for improving service delivery, through District Delivery Challenge Fund, on a pilot basis, making sure that resources are allocated on the basis of evidence of needs and solutions that work.

What Sets us apart

What makes SNG different from traditional governance reform programs is its direct approach that puts service delivery needs at the centre of the program design, along with a focus on strong social development, and monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Since its inception in April 2013, the SNG is geared towards creating an enabling environment for local problem solving by bringing together local governments, service beneficiaries, and partner programs to work in an enterprising and collaborative manner to improve service delivery outcomes.


A collaborative approach ensures that demand drives supply through citizen voice and participation


Government determines the strategic direction while the SNG acts as an enabler and catalyst


Resources are allocated on the basis of evidence of needs of people and solutions that improve service delivery


Testing new ideas that might deliver significant and sustainable improvements in service delivery