Achieving Economic Resilience

Achieving economic resilience of local government, implies achieving measurable progress in strengthening a local governments capacity to serve the public through enhanced revenue streams, improved public financial management and regulatory systems, irrespective of external determinants that usually hinder this capacity.

This unfortunately affects the quality of services delivered by the LAs which are basic ,day to day requirements. A few such services include,

1. Storm Water and Drainage Systems
2. Solid Waste Management
3. Maintaining Street lights
4. Maintaining access by-lanes and roads
5. Mother and Child Care through clinics
6. Public Library
7. Sewerage systems

The following interventions and relevant activities are crucial to strengthen economic resilience of emerging cities.

  • Legal and policy reforms at the national and provincial levels to strengthen economic resilience in Las

– Supporting national ministries to frame policy directives and guidelines to introduce innovative financing mechanisms (e.g., issuing municipal bonds),
– Set up funding mechanisms to support financing of non-traditional revenue generation streams, and incentivize LA performance through a fund for LAs scoring high on service level benchmarks (SLBs).
– Support will be provided to PCs and provincial administration to draft and promulgate legal amendments that mandate LAs to follow scientific budgeting processes and issue circulars to institutionalize useful ICT tools

  • Strengthen capacities of LAs to widen their revenue base and manage allocations through evidence-based decision-making

– Supporting emergent analytics for informed decision making
– Providing support to LAs to identify and access non-traditional revenue streams.

  • Re-engineer procedures and systems of key public and regulatory services provided by LAs

– Developing criteria to identify key services for implementation of SLBs (Service Level Benchmarks);
– Introducing SLBs for key public and regulatory services in LAs;
– Supporting the automation of manual systems of issuing and processing licenses and permits.
– Including applications of mobile technologies to ease transaction costs.

  • Strengthen the empirical and knowledge base for economic resilience

– Generating economic profiles of LAs.
– Publish financial and budget data, undertaking exploratory case studies which will create knowledge repositories to sensitize key stakeholders on economic resilience indicators at the subnational level.