Lessons from Decentralization in Rwanda

Introduction Various development institutions and Western governments have held up decentralization in Rwanda as fairly successful. A study commissioned by the government and development partners showed that decentralization had improved economic growth averaging 10% since early 2000s, reduced region inequalities, increased community participation, improved service delivery and made local government more responsive to citizen needs. … Continue reading Lessons from Decentralization in Rwanda

Leave No Voice Behind

Our 2017 InterAction Forum Workshop. Within country-owned strategies, NGOs have a competitive advantage in community-mobilization and capacity building. How can we work together to ensure that all people enjoy the right to take charge of their own development through country-owned programs of community-led development?

World Development Report 2017 and Community-Led Development

The flagship World Development Report 2017 by the World Bank Group highlights the need for continued collaboration between governments, citizens, civil society and private sector to improve governance and produce “life-improving outcomes.” This is in the midst of declining development assistance and strained government budgets. The movement for community-led development (CLD) in particular helps to … Continue reading World Development Report 2017 and Community-Led Development

Do Public Services Actually Reach the Public?

Local governments play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the delivery of public services. Yet, few systematic indicators exist to determine how effective local public sector spending is on a country’s development (i.e. economic growth, poverty reduction, improvement of infrastructure and services). The Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) is attempting to … Continue reading Do Public Services Actually Reach the Public?