institution, with a time-bound and clearly defined mandate linkedto the establishment of an enabling environment for local government and support for thecreation of municipalities. Thereafter, the Secretariat would be dissolved and its policy functionswould be mainstreamed into MSA (or whichever Ministry is to assume responsibility for localgovernment). 7
Goal and purposeThe over-arching goal of LGSP will be to contribute towards poverty reduction in Timor-Leste. The programme’s purpose (or objective) will be to support the establishment of accountable andeffective local government in Timor-Leste. Decentralisation, by endowing accountable localgovernment bodies with greater responsibilities for planning, budgeting, and implementation ofinfrastructure and service delivery, would result in an improved focus on the rural poor, greaterallocative efficiencies, better implementation arrangements, and enhanced responsiveness.OutputsTo achieve its purpose, LGSP will deliver three key outputs:Output 1: Procedures, processes and systems for effective local-level infrastructure and servicedelivery (ISD) and public expenditure and public financial management (PEM/PFM) are pilotedin selected Districts, Sub-Districts and Municipalities.This output is clearly a follow-on from the ongoing LDP in that it will provide opportunities for thecontinued piloting of procedures and systems linked to local-level infrastructure and servicedelivery and local PEM/PFM. The LDP has already provided the government with valuablelessons about the functioning of local representative bodies, local planning processes, locallevel procurement, and a range of other issues. However, the LDP has only been operationalsince 2004 – and although it has made impressive progress, the lessons learned have beeninevitably limited given that only one full planning and implementation cycle (in BobonaroDistrict) has been completed (and even then, this was severely disrupted by the recent unrest).There are, then, good grounds for more piloting (building upon the LDP) so as to further informpolicy processes on decentralisation.Under this output, piloting activities will initially take place under the same arrangements asapplied to the LDP – with Local Assemblies operating on the basis of Ministerial Decree No.8/2005, issued by the Ministry of State Administration. Pilot activities will be initially undertakenin four Districts3, but will be expanded to more Districts depending on how rapidly localgovernment is phased in. As and when the pilot Districts are “municipalised”, piloting willcontinue – with LGSP operating intensively in those ex-Districts (and new Municipalities) tofurther pilot and fine-tune local government systems and procedures.
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