Strengthening capacity of local governments to deliver services
We are supporting the emerging administrative, institutional and regulatory arrangements for delivery of basic services by the lower levels of government after devolution of delivery mechanisms to local governments in both Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. We are supporting local governments by:
Providing technical assistance for transition of authority from provincial to local level: We have supported the transition of the governance at the local level by supporting efforts for formalization of organizational structures, staffing, service delivery functions, business processes, linkages with provincial governments and budgeting and financing of district authorities for health and education. Institutional frameworks were developed after an extensive consultation and consensus building process.
Enabling local governments to efficiently plan, monitor and deliver services: We identify multiple performance-improvement activities, evaluate their potential for improving performance, make recommendations and facilitate the implementation of these activities at the local level. We gather evidence of citizens’ needs, dis-aggregated by gender and other social development indicators wherever possible and propose solutions for effectively addressing these needs.We have supported successful implementation, optimized use and sustainability of district-level GIS for more efficient planning and monitoring of service delivery.
Building capacity of local governments: We build capacities of service delivery managers at the local level to plan delivery of services, conduct needs assessment for evidence-based budgeting, prepare budgets that are responsive to citizens’ needs and use technology for problem-solving and decision-making.