Strengthening and improving government performance by providing technical advice, strategic guidance, and support to public institutions, elected bodies, and citizens.

Decentralization and Local Government Management

In many developing countries, key resources for public service delivery are controlled entirely in the capital, where life is often starkly different from that in the provinces, and where the voices of constituents may be faint. We work with local governments to build the capacity for responsive, effective service delivery, so that decisions on resource allocation can be made where services are provided and constituents can demand accountability for service quality. We promote policies that ensure equitable distribution of national resources to regional and local governments. We strengthen transfer policy, revenue and expenditure assignments, capital budgeting, fiscal responsibility, and public procurement.

Our Experts

Enrique Giraldo has more than 20 years of experience in tax policy and administration, demonstrated management credentials in leading U.S. Agency for International Development projects, and established credibility with Salvadoran counterparts.

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Marika Kanatova is the director responsible for bids for the European Commission (EC), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly AusAID), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly NZ Aid), and other donors.

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Our Projects

Afghanistan—Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR)

SHAHAR is helping create well-governed, fiscally sustainable Afghan municipalities capable of meeting the needs of growing urban populations.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales works with municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

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Liberia—Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT)

The Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) program is helping solidify decentralization reforms by facilitating the transfer of authority from the national government to counties and cities, enhancing citizen participation in governance, and building capacity for government officials.

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Nepal—Rural Access Programme (RAP)

The Rural Access Programme addresses lack of access and social exclusion through rural road construction that targets the poorest and most disadvantaged groups in Nepal.

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Nigeria—State Partnership for Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (SPARC); Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (ARC)

The Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (ARC) programme supports the Nigerian government in more effectively managing resources and providing more responsive and accountable services to its citizens.

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Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam—Municipal Waste Recycling Project (MWRP)

The Municipal Waste Recycling Project works in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam to provide grants and technical assistance to waste recycling programs, with a particular focus on improving waste management practices and reducing plastics pollution in marine environments.

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Honduras—Local Governance Activity (HLG)

HLG works in 80 municipalities in six departments in western Honduras to address entrenched socioeconomic challenges related to food insecurity, climate vulnerability, gender disparity, and local governance to sustainably improve the lives of the Honduran people.

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Malawi—Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP)

Over 20 years since its first multi-party elections, the government of Malwai is renewing efforts to decentralize government power, based on the principle that sustainable socioeconomic development is best achieved when decisions are made at the local level. Despite an initially strong legal framework for local governance, institutional tensions as well as confusion over roles and responsibilities between levels of government continues to hinder successful decentralization.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo—Integrated Governance Activity (IGA)

The Integrated Governance Activity is helping local governments to improve public services and establish trust with their citizens, as well as training civil society groups to better advocate their needs to elected officials.

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Developments is DAI’s newsletter. News and feature articles, opinion pieces, and interviews highlight DAI projects and offer insight into global development issues of the day.

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