The CLGF Good Practice Scheme in the Pacific
The Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme (CLGGPS) was launched in 1998 and has been designed to support the implementation of focused local government projects, based on the exchange of good practice and skills between practitioners working
in the field of local government. The aim is to apply a partnership approach to help councils improve the efficiency of service delivery and local democracy.
The goal of the Scheme is to promote effective, responsive and accountable delivery of local authority services, particularly to poor and disadvantaged communities, identifying examples of good practice for application elsewhere. Its purpose is to improve planning and management performance, and the implementation capacity of local authorities in the target countries and beyond. Since its inception, the Scheme has been facilitating practitioner to practitioner projects between Local Authorities in the UK and partners in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. More recently, successful technical partnerships between Councils in Australia and Papua New Guinea, and Australia/New Zealand and SolomonIslands have been established, all of which reinforce the two-way value of the Scheme. It is proposed to roll out this mechanism to other Pacific Island counties shortly.
National associations of local government and professional staff associations also play an important coordination role in the Scheme by identifying potential local partners, managing aspects of the twinning projects, technical backstopping, etc.
The Good Practice Scheme currently supports practical capacity-building projects between councils in Australia and their counterparts in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Projects are designed to draw on the skills and expertise of councils in Australia and combine that with the skills of councils in their developing counterpart to help the council to identify and develop workable and sustainable solutions to challenges being faced on the ground. Projects normally comprise a series of exchange/work-shadowing visits for staff and councillors, combined with joint-working, piloting new activities, and other local activities such as community workshops etc.