How can we equip local governments to plan better for governance and service delivery?
Large programmatic interventions of development partners, especially at sub-national levels are challenged by lack of reliable data for intervention planning and monitoring. Athena in consortium with Development gateway set out to resolve the lack quality data across thematic areas (Citizenship and Governance, Service Delivery, Economy and Environment) and to develop capacities at a City level for the same, in the African context. A practical and innovative data toolkit to help local governments identify, collect, manage, analyze and utilize data to enable them to understand a city’s parameters, govern and plan better for the future was developed. This used a composite approach of integrating globally proven decision support tools, along with a suite of in-house tools, to build on established knowledge and methods.
The toolkit allows City managers to assess the current maturity of the data ecosystem, and pin-point specific levers for improvement. It factors in exogenous aspects, such as the devolution environment, to provide pathways for better data management, supported by a curated set of resources (case studies, manuals etc.) to support city managers