PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
Public sector’s major function is an efficient, effective and equitable service delivery, transparent needs-based resource allocation and creation of conditions that are conducive for private sector-led growth. Despite sound policies, sector strategies and decentralisation efforts in place, service delivery, especially at local government level, often remains weak not only in developing but even middle income countries. Left unattended, this prevents development, discourages investment, alienates voters and ultimately poses a threat to emerging democracies. Marginalised or remote areas are left out of development processes and urban-rural divides grow wider. Local authorities wishing to attract investment are often held back by factors outside their jurisdiction and Ministries overseeing decentralisation processes are often under-resourced and staffed. It is difficult to recruit highly skilled civil servants in remoter areas where they are needed most. Candidates for EU accession or participation in regional trade blocks are burdened by an array of conditions that have to be met.
ORGUT aims at transforming struggling rural local governments and urban municipalities into competent drivers of development. ORGUT prefers working with, and through, existing public institutions rather than creating bypass structures. Practising democratic governance and rule of law, coupled with a sound local development strategy aimed at exploiting local comparative advantages builds trust in public institutions and attracts investment. The resulting increase in local revenue reduces dependency on central government allocations that often ignore unique local opportunities and challenges. ORGUT’s national and international advisors assist public sector clients in turning decentralisation policies into tangible improvements for citizens. Advisors help bridging the public-private sector divide, exploit unique local potentials and create openings for civil society participation in planning, resource allocation and follow-up. Public private partnerships are introduced and revenue collection systems improved. Bringing several local authorities together improves cross-boundary planning and cuts costs through joint procurement or training. Strong and vocal associations of local governments are well-suited to lobby at higher levels for removal of legal hurdles that discourage local investment.
Capacity development for technical staff, administrators and local politicians is crucial. ORGUT Advisors transfer managerial and technical skills and strengthen entire local government systems. They introduce cross-cutting issues, participatory planning and pro-poor resource allocation that consider people’s real needs. Strategic communication brings government closer to the people. Cooperation between departments is encouraged and increasing stakeholder involvement in monitoring and maintenance extends the lifespan of investments. Results-oriented management practises are promoted that focus on output and long term impact of interventions rather than traditional activity completion reporting. The tool-boxes developed can be used for nationwide application.
Our services consist of:
- Policy and sector strategy review
- Local government reform and decentralisation
- Twinning arrangements
- Institutional analysis and management process optimisation
- Financial management, transparency and accountability
- Human resources, training needs assessment and capacity building
- Participatory planning, monitoring and reporting
- Management Information Systems
- Awareness campaigns and strategic communication
- Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)