Capacity Building for Local Government and Service Delivery

What is the project about


Refuse collection is among the services UNDP is supporting Local Government authorities to improve. Photo - UNDP Zimbabwe

This project recognizes the critical role that local government plays in deepening democracy and enhancing people participation in national affairs. Local authorities play an important role in local development and service delivery that contribute to the attainment of the MDGs. The Project aims to build capacities in the local government sector for more efficient service delivery to the people. The primary focus is to strengthen the policy and legislative framework to align with the new constitution, enhance the institutional setups and national fiscal transfer system in the sector. It also seeks to support a comprehensive human skills development, as well as enhance civic participation mechanisms in the local government sector.

Key Programme Outputs:

  1. Harmonized policy and legislative framework for local government developed in line with the new constitution;
  2. Capacity of Ministry responsible for local government, local authorities and communities to co-ordinate, plan and manage responsive and accountable service delivery and local development enhanced;
  3. Predictable and sustainable national fiscal transfer system to mobilize, transfer and use capital resources by local governments for service delivery and local development developed;
  4. System to support human skills development for the local government sector enhanced;
  5. Civic participation in local governance enhanced.

Summary of Key Achievements

  1. The Capacity Building for the Local Government and Service Delivery Programme was launched in all provinces countrywide;
  2. Two Programme vehicles, 13 Personal Computers, 3 Laptops, Heavy Duty Printer, Server, Digital Sender, Digital CAM, Electronic Spiral Binding Machine, Laser Color Printer,  Scanner, 12 LCD Projectors and Screens procured,
  3. 93 Trainers from the Ministry of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Ministry of Public Service, ZIPAM and Local Authorities were trained and equipped with training materials to induct the newly elected Local Government Councilors;
  4. A comprehensive capacity assessment of the entire local government sector has been completed and set the basis for a focused capacity development support programme;
  5. 16 pilot local authorities rolling out the Integrated Results Based Management were reviewed to assess the implementation progress. The outcome of the progress review provides a road map for cascading the IRBM to other local authorities;
  6. Preliminary production of a “Layman’s Draft” necessary in the preparation of a White Paper on the local government legislation aligned to the new Constitution.

Key Challenges / Constraints



  1. National calendar events such as the Constitution Making Process and the Harmonised Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government election diverted focus and attention on the programme implementation
  2. Limited capacity within the Ministry to support the implementation necessitates the recruitment of a programme management team.
  3. The huge funding gap remains a challenge, as most development partners are awaiting the outcome of the capacity needs assessment report.

Future Activities

  1. Review of the current policy and legislative framework for local government developed in line with the new constitution;
  2. Capacity building programme for the local government institutions to strengthen service delivery;
  3. Support the setting up of a national fiscal transfer system to mobilize, transfer and use capital resources by local government
  4. Support human skills development for the local government sector, including the induction of the newly elected Councilors
Project Overview
Status
Active
Project Start Date
May 2013
Project End Date
31 December 2015
Geographic Coverage
National
Focus Area
Governance
Partners
Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing