Working Effectively across Levels of Government
Why 'investing together'? Public investment is not only a major strategic responsibility
for governments but also a shared one: almost two-thirds of public investment is undertaken
by sub-national governments and major projects tend to involve more than one government
level. In a tight fiscal landscape, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of
investment, while maximising its impact on growth outcomes, is paramount. Identifying
and addressing the governance bottlenecks that impede smooth co-ordination across
levels of government can make a significant contribution towards reaching that end.
This report dissects the relationships different government actors form vertically,
across levels of government, and also horizontally, across both sectors and jurisdictions.
It helps policy makers to understand more systematically how co-ordination works and
why it so often doesn’t, as well as shedding light on the mechanisms countries have
developed to govern these interactions. In doing so, it addresses another key requisite
to organising co-ordination, namely government capacity. Sub-national actors, especially,
need to be equipped with the right skills and resources to carry out their responsibilities
and to engage with stakeholders, across the public, private and civil society sectors.
This report offers a toolkit to policy makers to assess their needs for capacity development
Published on December 05, 2013Also available in: French
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