Best Practices - Introduction
In the first phase of project implementation, an intensive research was done to determine the success stories (best practices) in local governance in each of the five participating countries.
The best practices were chosen based on four aspects of local governance:
- Peoples' Participation in Planning and Decision Making;
- Institutional governance;
- Inclusive urban public services;
- Fiscal Management and Investment Planning.
There were two broad criteria for the selection of best practices:
- It can be transferred and adopted in countries and local governments with different political and cultural backgrounds;
- It can have a real impact in terms of improving the living conditions of rural people.
Specifically, the best practice projects should:
- be innovative in one of the four aspects or fields in local governance;
- have a high transferability potential, taking into account the administrative and political environment as well as socio-cultural factors;
- be of sustainable character;
- be reasonable in institutional as well as in financial viability aspects;
- be cost-efficient;
- respect the Good Governance Principles of the United Nations.
From 27 proposals, the project selected 16 examples of best practices for replication in other places. The selection was done in a regional workshop with partners and all key stakeholders.