image — KCCA Executive Director addressing World Bank country officials during launch of KIIDP 2 project.

Urban Governance, Transformational Leadership and Citizen Accountability.

Sustainable urban governance is founded on conducive and enabling environment that recognizes the unique contributions of all stakeholders. Engaging and creating a platform for citizen’s voices to be heard and empowering citizens to demand accountability for results is the foundation for improving public service delivery.
Communities across the globe want honest and responsive governments that protect human rights and freedoms, foster inclusive and sustainable growth that allows people to participate in the decision-making process. Where there is rule of law, people demand justice, challenge discrimination, exercise their rights, influence the use of public resources in a manner that   guarantees Value for Money and creates public trust.
The need for transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation and coordination influences the quality of urban governance and level of democratization in sub-national governments. Good governance will help to ensure elimination of corruption, accountability for results as well as improved efficiency of urban service providers. 
The region adopted decentralization as a form of devolution of power and responsibility to local governments. Over the last 25 years different modes of decentralization have been used in the different countries. In Rwanda the decentralization process has been reinforced by the Joint Action forum at the local levels to enhance accountability. In Uganda, a new law that puts the city under central government was passed and KCCA as body corporate was established. In Kenya the devolution of power and creation of governors has also changed the way the cities and urban centers were governed yet in other countries they are still under the conventional approach.
Although at the EAC secretariat there was an attempt to include the local government agenda at the EAC secretariat, little has been put forward to guide and influence the way local government function and are manage to improve delivery of public services to the people.   
The forum will seek to share experiences from the stakeholders and identify recommendations to enhance efficiency of the decentralization process as a tool for democratization and accountability.

Focus shall be on the following concerns :

How can cities improve urban legislation and representation?
What level of representation optimizes resource efficiency without creating undue public administration burden?
Is political representation a prerequisite for fighting corruption?
How can the quality of political representation be enhanced to improve citizen accountability?
What are the Alternative mechanisms that can be promoted to enhance accountability and transparency for results in urban communities?
Can Municipal fiscal systems be used as instruments of social change that direct and influence real development outcomes?

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