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Ministers Conference on Leadership Capacity Building for Decentralised Governance and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa 6 – 8 July 2005 Kigali Rwanda

Local Leadership and Service Delivery Improvement
CHALLENGES 1. Reliable and Accountable Leadership at local and Central Government levels RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Put in place a clear vision & strategy for decentralization & service delivery, where it does not exist. 2. Induction programmes and continuous training programs for local leaders in relevant fields, emphasizing ethics. 3. Put in place a clear definition of leadership profiles RESPONSIBLE ACTOR - Central Government in collaboration with LGs & other partners - as above TIME FRAME As soon as possible As soon as possible and continuous - before elections or appointment of leaders

- Central Government

4. Institute or operationalise leadership a code of conduct for all public leaders 5. Civic education programmes & campaigns to guide the citizens in choosing leaders and holding them accountable 6. Establish and operationalise regular feedback platforms 2. Inadequate financial resources at both central & local levels for adequate provision of services 1. Institute local resource mobilization mechanisms

- Central Government - Central Government & local Governments & partners - Central Government & local governments - Central Government in collaboration with local Government As soon as possible As soon as possible - continuous

2. Institute clear cut revenue sharing mechanisms between central and local governments 3. Put in place clear & sustainable financing mechanisms for infrastructure investments 4. Put in place attractive incentives for investments in local projects especially in the agricultural sector 5. Explore different avenues of public – private sector/civil society partnerships

- Central Governments Central Government , Local Authorities & development partners - Central Government in collaboration with local Government - Central Government in collaboration with local Government

- As soon as possible - As soon as possible As soon as possible As soon as possible

CHALLENGES 3. Inadequate or lack of technical & administrative capacities for effective & efficient service delivery

RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Maintain well qualified human resources by putting in place incentive mechanisms and improving the working conditions 2. Involve beneficiaries in project design , implementation , monitoring and evaluation 3. Establish training institutions at local levels to conduct training of local leaders in relevant technical domains 4. Put in place clear and documented management procedures, manuals and mechanisms to guide local leaders 5. Transfer qualified staff from central to local governments , where they cannot be directly sourced 6. Promote cooperation and partnership between training institutions and local authorities for relevant and cost effective training and capacity support 7. Develop consistent training programmes for leaders

RESPONSIBLE ACTOR Central Government in collaboration with local governments Central government , Local government & development partners Central Government Central government Central Government Central Government , Local Governments, Higher learning & management training institutions Central Government in collaboration with Local Governments Central Government

TIME FRAME As soon as possible As soon as possible As soon as possible As soon as possible As soon as possible

As soon as possible Before decentalisation starts; or immediate where decentralization is on-going. - Continuous

4. Inadequacies in the Legal framework which complicate decentralization implementation process & management

1. Constitutionalise principles of decentralization or operationalise them where it has been done

2. Review existing laws and harmonise them to avoid conflicts and overlaps 3. Put in place or operationalise policy framework bearing in mind the political will to offer services 4. Constitutionalise or operationalise the right of citizens to basic services

Central government with input from local governments - Central Government Central Government

Leadership Capacity Building, Integrity, Ethics, Transparency and Accountability in Local Governance
CHALLENGES RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Each country should create a Basket Fund for Local Government Capacity Building RESPONSIBLE ACTOR Permanent Secretaries of participating countries take measure for establishment of the fund TIME FRAME Provide progress report at the next year’s conference (June 2006) Request as soon as possible Framework be produced before June 2006 As soon as possible Permanent secretaries to report on progress at the next conference (June 2006) June 2006

2. UNDESA, UNDP, MDP, and UNCDF should be requested to collaborate in assessment , developing frameworks and support capacity building for participating countries

The Host Country ( Rwanda) should formally request MDP-ESA, and other collaborating agencies to embark on the assignment

3. Exchange of training modules should be encouraged between and among participating countries so as to avoid reinventing the wheel

MDP- ESA should identify training modules being used in participating countries that have embarked on decentralization and disseminate the information to participating countries in need

4. Institutionalize the exchange of experiences in capacity building for poverty reduction. The hosting should be done on rotation basis , and The Sudan is to host the next Conference in June 2006 6. Appreciating the contribution of UNDESA, MDPESA, UNDP, UNCDF, other participating partners , and request them to help sustain the momentum

The Hosting country is tasked to make the necessary arrangements for the conference

- The present conference Should recognize formally the contributions of UNDESA, UNDP, and other participating Partners - Host country should formally convey the above recognition

Annually Today

As soon as possible

7. Publication of information on decentralization should be encouraged and ensure access and utilization by wider public through developed websites

- Individual participating countries should make publications on decentralization and make them accessible to participating countries - MDP-ESA is tasked to assist development of websites in participating countries

As soon as possible As soon as possible

Coordination and Partnership among Public, Private and Civil Society in Local Governance
CHALLENGES RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Participating countries should develop a National Partnership policy embracing all stakeholders 2. Identification of the Role of the 3 parties( i.e. public sector , private sector & civil society) and the centre for coordination RESPONSIBLE ACTOR Ministries responsible for Local Government Ministry responsible for Local Government with technical input from relevant line ministries Ministry responsible for Local Government Ministry responsible for Local Government Ministry responsible for Local Government and stakeholders TIME FRAME As soon as possible As soon as possible

3. Organize a Forum of all the stakeholders at the National and Local levels 4. Undertake a National Assessment Study of the Local Government Systems 5. Develop a communication strategy at both Central and Local government levels

As soon as possible As soon as possible As soon as possible