The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) is implementing a Local Government and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) financed by the World Bank as well as the bi-lateral donor Denmark. LGSDP is implemented on behalf of GRSS by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) in collaboration with the Local Government Board (LGB). For external communication, in the Project logo etc., the abbreviation LOGOSEED is used.
The Project Development Objective of LGSDP is “to improve local governance and service delivery in participating counties in South Sudan”. Key results to be achieved include: (a) more inclusive and participatory local planning, implementation and accountability processes that also address local drivers of conflict; (b) improved county government functionality and capacities through ‘learning by doing‘; (c) a more predictable and transparent system of transfers to county governments; and (d) expanded access to services in counties covered by the Project.
The project consists of 4 components:
- Block grants for Payam Development used for small infrastructural projects in line with local government and community responsibility;
- Community Engagement through which citizens participate in selecting their priorities, planning and overseeing implementation;
- Institutional strengthening that supports capacity building for local governments in planning and budgeting, procurement, engineering, contract management, environmental and social safeguards, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation functions;
- Managerial arrangements for the three components above, comprising of the Project Management Unit (PMU) in support of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) and Local Government Board (LGB) and State Coordination Offices located in the State Ministries of Local Government
Lakes State was selected to be one of the pilot States for this project and Across was selected to be the Facilitating Partner and is operating in 3 locations namely: Yirol West, Rumbek East and Wulu.
Across is facilitating Community Engagement is 9 Payams in the three Counties with a total of 27 Bomas.