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    LG Donor Project Meeting

    Linking Demand and Supply side Approaches to Subnational Service Improvement

    One of the topics emerging from the National Workshop "Improved Development Planning, Downwards Accountability and Local Government Capacity"

    " was the need to link the “demand-side” approach of community-driven development and civil society strengthening with the “supply-side” capacity development and reforms of many other donor efforts, specifically around issues of stimulating and aggregating the demand for good governance, and how to address the crucial performance-incentive link. The present workshop continued this dialogue in a more intimate and technical settings, aiming to develop a set of policy and project recommendations around improved community-level basic service delivery. The background/kick-off presentation was done by the LG team, after which presentations were done by Kinerja, GIZ, The Asia Foundation, BASICS, AIPD, LOGICA and PNPM Generasi (see presentations below). Discussions were rich, and led to the following action points:

    1. A lessons learned mapping of past and present projects focusing on social accountability and incentives to improve service delivery might be useful. PSF will take lead in this and hire a consultant to do such an exercise during November-October. This scanning exercise might eventually move towards developing collaborative pilots
    2. A mapping of different tools developed and used by projects would be very helpful. This could eventually be turned into a web-based toolkit. Perhaps the mapping exercise under Point 1 might be a start point for this. Kinerja is discussing the possibility of developing a database of best practices
    3. We should as a community also discuss lessons and approaches with our partner sector projects, especially on district and community-level support to improve education, health care and environmental services. PSF will take the initiative on this We should as a community also discuss lessons and approaches with our partner sector projects, especially on district and community-level support to improve education, health care and environmental services. PSF will take the initiative on this.
    4. More basic research is needed on community and district level accountability relationships, and why frontline agency and LG staff act as they do. We welcome initiatives on this.
    5. There are also an opportunity  to follow-up directly by more in-depth discussions/comparison of some of these tools and practices that are being used, for instance budget transparency or performance-based grants
    6. Initiate collaboration bilaterally between projects: this has already happened with discussions between Kinerja and Generasi
    7. Finally, since everybody thought the workshop useful and a good example of real-time donor coordination, GIZ will take this to the Donor Working Group on Decentralization.

     

    Presentation at the Donor Discussion :