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Local Governance Self-Assessment - Guidelines for facilitators

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This frameworkt contains two half-day sessions for raising awareness about community level local governance self-assessment. Annexes include general tips for facilitators, a questionnaire to assess local governance at community and higher levels, sample flashcards, and a format for developing a Local Governance Improvement Plan.

The main objective of the community level local governance self-assessment is educational. However, the Self-Assessment exercise is also meant to mobilize action by the people and contribute to better functioning of governance in their Union Parishad (local governments), through the following specific objectives:
  • Make the people of the communities aware of local governance issues;
  • Give the people the opportunity to voice their opinion;
  • Influence the Union Parishad’s Local Governance Improvement Plan;
  • Mobilize citizens to get active in initiating and supporting activities to improve local governance;
  • Use the outcome as baseline information for the community, the Union and projects.

The Local Governance Self-Assessment exercise is conducted through stakeholders’ meetings at two different levels: at the ward/citizen/community level, and at the Union Parishad level.The meetings follow some common steps: Identify and discuss roles of different actors regarding local governance; Identify key local governance issues (demand and supply sides issues); Evaluate local governance issues; Define priorities that need improvement; Assign responsibilities for forwarding assessment results (at the community level) or Elaborate Local Governance Improvement Plan (at the UP level); Feedback and closing.