ADB-ADBI Forum on Governance and Institutions
A joint program of the ADB Governance Thematic Group and ADB Institute
2017: “Governance and Service Delivery: Practical Lessons
for Subnational Governments”
9-11 August 2017 | Seoul, Korea
BLGF OIC Executive Director Niño Raymond Alvina and OIC Director for Local Fiscal Policy Service Ma. Pamela Quizon attended the third annual joint program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Governance Thematic Group and ADB Institute with this year’s theme 2017: “Governance and Service Delivery: Practical Lessons for Subnational Governments” last 09-11 August 2017 which was held in Seoul, South Korea. Participating in the forum were from developing member countries (DMCs) as well as ADB experts on local finance and fiscal decentralization. Invited government officials and experts from DMCs were from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, People’s republic of China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The primary objectives of the 2017 Forum, with its focus on local level service delivery, are as follows: 1) put in context the need for better service delivery as part of the broader agenda of governance, including devolution and public sector management; 2) share information on global developments (such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)) and the focus on inclusive local service delivery (such that no one is left behind); and 3) discuss priority reforms and innovations, as well as measures to strengthen the capacity of local and subnational governments, in improving service delivery.
For the 2017 Forum, while the importance of the SDGs as a global guideline to promote sustainable development around the world has been universally accepted as a given, the impetus to focus on inclusive local service delivery (and ensure that all segments of the population are benefitting from development and that no group is marginalized or left behind) should also be given priority. New ideas learned from the forum multi-level governance, information asymmetry, yardstick competition, capacity development, political commitment, among others, could be put into practice either in existing development activities or projects can be considered by the DMCs and ADB.