Speaking at ICLD workshop

The Swedish organisation International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) is together with The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) carrying out an Advanced international Training Programme with participators from local authorities in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This programme includes a two weeks visit to Sweden, which is packed with workshops and study visits.

Tuesday the 16 May, I had the privilege to address the group with questions concerning

  • Challenges facing local authorities
  • Investment needs as an effect of urbanisation
  • Financing local infrastructure investments
  • Creditworthiness being about more than borrowing
  • Credit quality factors
  • Financial cooperation between local authorities
  • Success factors for cooperation

The participants discussed in groups what local authorities themselves could do to improve creditworthiness and what the central government could do to support local authorities in said direction. The groups came up with interesting and insightful thoughts; among those were the necessity to

…build well functioning administrative systems with accurate information

…use peer-reviews within networks of local authorities

…raise quality of local services to incentivize inhabitant to pay local taxes and fees

…strive to achieve a strong financial position

…fight corruption and increase transparency

 

Lars M Andersson

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