Ensuring access to basic services is dependent primarily on the financial situation of local authorities. This situation means that it is essential to consider new possible methods of financing these services, certain innovating having already successfully proven their pertinence and utility. We can quote, for example, the city to city partnerships, implementation of decentralised cooperation, the donor grants based on results and new partnerships with the private sector.
The implementation of these finances often implies rethinking the interaction between local authorities and other actors: actors from civil society, local actors, national and international actors. This question of governance is therefore equally central as it entails making access to essential services evolve. In view of this, UCLG seeks to strengthen in its third global report on decentralisation (GOLD III) the question of the governance of basic public services.
- What syntheses can be made with the current situation?
- What are the main difficulties faced and on what opportunities should we draw to ensure progression in this field? Under what conditions and based on which successful experiences and innovations can we take inspiration?