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Kingdom of Lesotho Local Governance, Decentralization, and Demand-Driven Service Delivery, Volume 1. Main Report

ACCOUNTABILITIES ACCOUNTABILITY ACCOUNTANT ACCOUNTING ADJUDICATION ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ASSET MANAGEMENT ASSETS AUDITOR BANK ACCOUNT BANKS BENEFICIARIES BENEFICIARY BRIBERY BROKERS BUDGETING CAPACITY BUILDING CAPITAL GRANT CAPITAL GRANT SYSTEM CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CITIZEN CITIZENS CIVIL SERVANTS CIVIL SOCIETY COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION COMMUNITY-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT CONSENSUS CONSTITUENCIES CONSTITUTION CORRUPT CORRUPTION COUNCILS CREDIBILITY CRIMES CRIMINAL DECENTRALIZATION DECENTRALIZATION PROCESS DECISION MAKERS DECISION MAKING DECONCENTRATION DEMOCRACY DEPOSIT DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DEVELOPING COUNTRY DEVOLUTION DISBURSEMENTS DISCRIMINATION DISTRICTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYMENT ENABLING ENVIRONMENT EXCHANGE RATE EXPENDITURE FINANCE MANAGEMENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CAPACITY FINANCIAL RESOURCES FINANCIAL STATEMENT FINANCIAL STRUCTURES FINANCIAL SUPPORT FINANCIAL SYSTEMS FISCAL DECENTRALIZATION FISCAL MANAGEMENT FISCAL RESOURCES GLOBALIZATION GOVERNMENT AGENCIES GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS GOVERNMENT FINANCE GOVERNMENT GRANT GOVERNMENT GRANTS GOVERNMENT LEVEL GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES GOVERNMENT POLICY GOVERNMENT REFORM GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES GOVERNMENT SERVICES GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION GRANT FUNDING GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT HEALTH SERVICES HOLDING HOUSEHOLD INCOME HUMAN DEVELOPMENT HUMAN RESOURCE HUMAN RESOURCES IMPROVING GOVERNANCE INCOME INEQUALITY INFORMATION DISSEMINATION INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS INSTITUTIONAL CONSTRAINTS INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS INTERGOVERNMENTAL FISCAL SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL MARKETS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES JUDICIARY JUSTICE LACK OF AUTONOMY LACK OF CLARITY LAND POLICY LAND USE LAWS LEADERSHIP LEGAL CHANGES LEGAL FRAMEWORK LEGAL OFFICERS LEGAL SYSTEM LEGISLATION LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT LEVIES LEVY LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS LOCAL ACCOUNTABILITY LOCAL AUTHORITIES LOCAL AUTHORITY LOCAL COMMUNITIES LOCAL COUNCILS LOCAL GOVERNANCE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LOCAL INSTITUTIONS LOCAL TAXES MANDATES MARKET TRANSACTIONS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT MINISTRY OF FINANCE MUNICIPAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS NATIONS NATURAL RESOURCES PENSION POLICE POLITICIANS POST OFFICE PRIMARY EDUCATION PRIME MINISTER PRODUCTIVITY PUBLIC FINANCE PUBLIC FINANCES PUBLIC GOVERNANCE PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLIC SECTOR PUBLIC SECTOR PERFORMANCE PUBLIC SERVICE PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY PUBLIC SERVICES PUBLIC TRANSPORT PURCHASING POWER REGULATORY FRAMEWORK REMITTANCES REPRESENTATIVES RETURNS REVENUE SOURCES REVOLUTION SERVICE DELIVERY SETTLEMENT SOCIAL WELFARE SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TAX TAX BASE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THEFT TRANSPORT TRUST FUND TURNOVER USER CHARGES VALUATION VOTING WATER SUPPLY YOUTH
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Washington, DC
Africa | Lesotho
2014-08-01T21:11:11Z | 2014-08-01T21:11:11Z | 2007-06-27

After more than 35 years, the elected local government system in Lesotho was reestablished in 2005 through the election of the Local Authorities, i.e. the Community and District Councils (CCs and DCs). Across the political spectrum, the political will to move forward was at its peak. An exemplary campaign to educate the entire population as to the purposes and functioning of the new Local Authorities, and the electoral process preceded the election. The purposes of the new system are the improvement in services and access to government, broad participation of the local population in their own development combined with enhanced accountability to them, and promotion of equitable development in all parts of the country. The establishment of the Local Authorities and their election was received by even the remotest populations with great enthusiasm, and the elected Councilors have taken up their job with energy and commitment. The objectives of this report derive from the general priorities of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) of Lesotho which emphasizes pro-poor growth, community empowerment, improved governance and public sector performance. The specific priorities of the PRS have been set as employment creation, food security, and infrastructure development, deepening of democracy, governance, safety and security, access to health services, increasing human resource capacity, managing and conserving the environment, and improving public service delivery. Cross cutting priorities include combating HIV and AIDS, and addressing gender inequalities as well as issues related to children and youth. From among all the possible sectors, agriculture and natural resources were selected because: (i) the local authorities have a mandate for the promotion of economic development and the management of natural resources; (ii) improvements in these areas are necessary for economic development, poverty reduction, and for improving the tax base and revenue generation capacity; and (iii) improvements require collaboration between local authorities, communities, sector institutions, and the private sector, a collaboration in which the Local Authorities sit at the center of the network of co-producers.

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