Decentralisation is a means to improve access to services and engage citizens and community representatives in public affairs and decision-making. We suggest reforms and best practice in order to strenghten the local political capacity.  

Various aspects of decentralisation are integrated in most of our assignments, and we provide the following expertise to policy development and strategy implementation:

  • Programming of support to decentralisation
  • Designing of decentralisation policies and implementation plans
  • Defining stakeholders and pin-pointing the relevant sequence of roll-out in the implementation of strategies
  • Supporting to the design and management of critical reforms

SKL International’s decentralisation reform services are specified through a close cooperation with our clients, often donors, ministries, and local or regional authority associations. The clients’ requests vary from supporting the development of comprehensive policies to implementation plans and roll-outs for beneficiaries and donors.

By piloting certain reforms, we also strive to build good practice upon which to base a concept for roll-out on a wider regional and/or national level. Pilot reforms can for example relate to the instalment of key roles and functions, procedures and processes that increase local decision-making and improve service delivery.

Searching for the Tunisian way

In the Tunisia Local Governance Pilot Project, SKL International has partnered with the National Federation of Tunisian Cities (FNVT). The project aims to provide immediate exposure and analysis to Tunisian local actors in order to help them define and advocate for the most optimal system of regional and local government. The tasks in this project include forming a working group on decentralization, providing regional consultations and a detailed study to outline options for territorial reform, and to transfer competencies to future local government units.

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