A Fair Share of Public Resources

One of the greatest challenges for community-led development is that in many of the poorest nations, public resources do not reach the communities. While local governments typically get half the public resources in wealthy countries, this number is often well below 10% in many of the poorest nations.

As witnessed by many articles on this site, this data is hard to find. One would hope that every citizen could know what the budget of their local government actually is! We have proposed that the share of public resources going to local government should be a key indicator for SDGs 11 and 16.

In October of 2016, our friends at UCLG published this volume of country profiles with what they could find. We share this link here to buttress advocacy for our colleagues around the world engaging with governments to ensure communities have a change to succeed in their own development.