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The General Principles of MIC Pernille Nesje, Adviser KS’ International Projects. MIC Conference Monday 15 March 2010 TICC, Tanga, Tanzania. PARTNERSHIPS. Eid & Mbala, Zambia Jølster & Mpulungu, Zambia Gran, Mukono & Lugazi, Uganda Ringebu & Mityana, Uganda (new)

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The General Principles of MICPernille Nesje, Adviser KS’ International Projects

MIC Conference

Monday 15 March 2010

TICC, Tanga, Tanzania


  • Eid & Mbala, Zambia

  • Jølster & Mpulungu, Zambia

  • Gran, Mukono & Lugazi, Uganda

  • Ringebu & Mityana, Uganda (new)

  • Tingvoll & Bunda, Tanzania

  • Arendal/Aust-Agder County & Mwanza, Tanzania

  • Porsgrunn & Kisumu, Kenya (new)

  • Melhus & Taveta, Kenya


  • decentralisation reforms transferring political, fiscal and administrative powers to districts and municipalities - limited to issues of transfer of discretionary authority to legally constituted local self-government or devolution

  • decentralisation contributes to poverty reduction - decisions more relevant and more appropriate the closer to the concerned citizens they are taken

  • local self-government hones citizens’ participation and decision-makers’ accountability

  • local governments are involved in service delivery in many areas of relevance to MDG achievement and fulfilment of Human Rights

Programme Goals

  • build capacity in selected areas in a limited number of municipalities, in order for these to deliver better services to its citizens

  • ambition until 2009 was good governance processes to be included in municipal governance and municipal services as part of the global fight for poverty reduction and sustainable development in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)

  • evaluations indicate goal is too broad and general for a programme of this nature, scope and size

Long-term impact

  • Thus the long-term impact is expected to be a contribution towards decentralisation

  • KS no longer “pretends” that the programme will have direct impact on poverty reduction and MDG achievement as such, but still argue that successful decentralisation can


  • a method for mutual capacity building and development of the municipalities focusing on democratic processes

  • capacity building of local governments through exchange of information and ideas has the potential of adding real and distinct value in the development area

General principles continued…..

  • Programme sustainability:The results of the programme should continue to provide long-term input to partner municipality also after programme closure.

  • Coherence with plans of partner countries: The project activities should be coordinated, and in line with, the partner countries' own plans for good governance at national level

  • Core Municipal activities:The project activities should focus on core municipal activities, as this

    is where the municipalities’ competence lies

General principles continued…..

  • Recipient responsibility:The South partners should lead the prioritisation, planning and

    implementation of the co-operation activities and the partners should not enter into activities that

    may counteract national government strategies.

  • Local responsibility for implementation:Although the Norwegian partners have the overall responsibility for the project, the South partner is responsible for the implementation on the


Reporting 2010

  • 2010: we now have a one-year agreement with NORAD re: the MIC programme

  • Thus reporting will be a bit different for 2010:

    • Report for 2009 (incl. Audit) 1 April 2010

    • And Allthe partnerships have to submit a final report for 2010 – 1 April 2011

And then, another application…

  • New MIC application for three years (2011 – 2013) will have to be submitted

    1 September 2010

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