Local authorities and communities in rural and urban areas enabled and involved in planning and management of development activities, including the provision of services
The extensive local government reforms introduced by the government of General Pervez Musharraf (1999-2008) in 2001, were one of the most fundamental and far reaching interventions made in the system and processes of governance seen in Pakistan in many years. This intervention was based upon the premise that government was most likely to be accountable to the people when its’ functions, particularly those related to the delivery of basic social sector services, were devolved, and included a substantial element of community participation which would be best handled by the lowest competent authority. A wide range of project and non-project support was provided through interventions that were embedded in the local government system and others that had indirect connections. With specific attention on the local government and the LGO 2001, the focus of this evaluation is the Outcome: local authorities and communities in rural and urban areas enabled and involved in planning and management of development.