There is much room for development partners to strengthen their support of local governments in asset management, both in terms of the quantity and the quality of their engagement. In this connection, the international community would greatly benefit from a repository of successful donor experiences with different approaches, tools and mechanisms to strengthen municipal asset management, especially in LDCs. Specific emphasis would be placed on Uganda, Tanzania, Nepal and Bangladesh, to draw from country experiences where UN DESA is currently providing technical assistance on municipal asset management.
The ultimate objective is to map donor engagement at the subnational level within these four countries over the last decade or so and evaluate the impact of donor funded projects on the sustainability and effective management of local assets. The report will also draw conclusions on how donors may design long-term, programmatic and sequenced approaches to municipal asset management. Such projects should allow for a systematic hand-off of projects to the local partner to assure sustainability and scaling up of successful interventions.