This working paper details the process of creating a Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Mvomero and Kigoma-Ujiji Districts of Tanzania. This document is the fourth of the working papers produced in the framework of the Holding local government to account: Can a performance index provide meaningful accountability? project. This is a three-year DFID-ESRC funded project on the process of designing and implementing a local government performance index through collaborative research in Tanzania, with the aim of understanding whether such an index could improve local governance, accountability and service delivery.
The research found that a LGPI has the potential to do these things, but as a tool for collaborative problem-solving working, and not as a mechanism of external judgement and quantification. As such the main recommendation for the use of the LGPI are:
- Be cautious about accountability myths
- Work with political and systemic realities
- Untangle blame and accountability
- Be a collaborative problem-solving tool
Working Paper 4. LGPI Tanzania. Mdee, Tshomba, Mushi. August 2017