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Assessing Relationship between Devolution and Public Services through Devolution Index & Service Delivery Index: Experiences from Urban India. Presentation by DR. KAUSTUV K BANDYOPADHYAY PRIA Global Partnership. GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY.

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Global initiative on citizenship and democracy

Assessing Relationship between Devolution and Public Services throughDevolution Index & Service Delivery Index:Experiences from Urban India

Presentation by

DR. KAUSTUV K BANDYOPADHYAY

PRIA Global Partnership

GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY


Expectations from decentralization

EXPECTATIONS FROM DECENTRALIZATION

  • Expectations from Local Governance Institutions (LGIs)

    • Deepening grassroots democracy – participation & social accountability

    • Promoting equity and empowerment of marginalized – new political leadership

    • Ensuring access to quality public services

  • Expectations from Provincial and National Governments

    • Enacting and implementing legal frameworks for LGIs

    • Establishing institutions to safeguard the wellbeing of LGIs

    • Ensuring devolution of Functions, Functionaries and Funds to LGIs

    • Providing opportunities for institutional & human capacity development


Issues confronting devolution

ISSUES CONFRONTING DEVOLUTION

  • Accountability of the national and provincial governments towards the Constitutional/legal obligations to devolve authorities to LGIs

  • ‘Capacity gaps in LGIs’ – an administrative ‘excuse’ and to hide political unwillingness for not devolving authorities

  • Objective and transparent measurement of devolution and its impact

  • Devolution with accountability (institutional and social) for LGIs

CONSTRUCTING A COMPOSITE DEVOLUTION INDEX


Conclusion ways forward

CONCLUSION & WAYS FORWARD

  • A definite trend is discernable, however, due to data paucity/inaccuracy positive relationship could not be established for all cities

  • The process generated constructive dialogues: (i) at the city level between various actors, (ii) between cities & state/national govt.

  • The methodology could be tried in a diverse contexts (more cities and countries) – with new set of indicators relevant to the contexts

  • The relationship between devolution & ‘local democracy’ (using participation, social accountability & transparency indicators) could be explored

  • Some incentive should be in place for ULBs with better data management

  • The findings should be linked to the recommendations of SFCs


Thank you

Thank You

GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY


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