Working through local members, local partners and local staff does create a different dynamic – one which is more likely to reap tangible benefits on the ground and limit any establishment of dependency or diversion of funds from its intended purpose.
The attack in Manchester on 22 May and London on 3 June heve brought to the fore the vulnerability of our communities to attacks by extremist and radical forces that exist within our society. The entire staff and membership of CLGF stands together in solidarity with all citizens and cities affected at this difficult time.
Many years ago I participated in a government to government visit between South Africa and the Philippines to review the progress that the Philippines government had made in decentralising health care to local government. Our aim was to learn lessons from their strategy to actively decentralise this function across the country. One of the challenges which was clearly evident was that in many instances, the fiscal transfers to local government had not accompanied the delegation of the function.