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Local Government and Decentralisation

Facilitating local government reform

Local government is key to providing quality public services and enhancing democracy, ensuring that citizens’ voices and needs are taken into account. In many countries, moves towards decentralisation have presented opportunities as well as challenges. Our origins as a public sector training agency for local and central government civil servants give us a unique advantage in helping partners to maximise those opportunities and address the main challenges.

What we do

  • We support government partners at national, regional and local levels to design and implement decentralisation reforms.
  • We provide programmes to build the capacity of elected officials and other staff so that they can deliver more efficient and responsive local services.
  • We work with partners to establish mechanisms to give citizens a greater say in how local services are run and managed.