Annual Update 2019 VNG International


Access to

Basic Services

by strengthening

local government

What is the most visible role of local governments worldwide? It is the provision of basic services, like good sanitation, clean drinking water and regular garbage collection. The impact on the quality of life, and even life expectancy, is enormous.


Yet, for various reasons, in many countries local governments are not capable of fulfilling their responsibilities. Their mandate may not be well-defined, their staff may not have the necessary technical or policy-making capacity to make services accessible and affordable, also for vulnerable groups, or systems for cost-recovery and as a result maintenance are lacking. Apart from the immediate effects, this will also negatively influence the prospects for economic development and lessen people’s confidence in local democracy. Strengthening the capacity of local governments to improve access to basic public services is therefore an important element in our portfolio.



Recent / Ongoing Projects

Albania, Effective and Responsive Safety and Security Policies at Local Level  | 01-10-2017 / 31-03-2020

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands



Jordan, Cities Implementing Transparent Innovative and Effective Solutions (CITIES) |  25-09-2016 / 24-09-2021

donor: USAID, U.S. Agency for International Development




Libya, Local Pilots Project  | 01-04-2018 / 31-03-2020

donor: European Commission



South Sudan, Programme for the Water Sector between South Sudan and The Netherlands – Water for Lakes State (Prowas/SSN-Lakes) |  08-12-2014 / 31-10-2019

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in South Sudan

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: Mott MacDonald, SNV Sudan and South Sudan



South Sudan, Country Programme under the IDEAL Programme 01-01-2017 / 31-12-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands






featured project


South Sudan, Country Programme under the IDEAL Programme