Assessment of Legal Frameworks for Local Governance and Service Delivery in Rural Communities of Uzbekistan
The Government of Uzbekistan has requested World Bank’s support in implementing Obod Qishloq programme. The World Bank is collaborating with the State Investment Committee to identify potential project. This diagnostic study aims to provide background information for the World Bank and the Government of Uzbekistan on how the Obod Qishloq program can fit into the service delivery framework in Uzbekistan, and shed light on key areas of project design, including: (a) accountability relationships at the mahalla and district levels that promote transparent, efficient use of funds; (b) entry points for citizens to hold government official accountable and provide user feedback on the quality and availability of public services. This study would focus specifically on service delivery arrangements in rural communities.
The following activities are envisioned to complete the tasks outlined below:
Conduct desk analysis of legal and policy documents related to local governance and local public service delivery to outline de jure architecture for local public service provision;
Conduct a process analysis of the service delivery architecture for Obod Qishloq at the regional and district level in Andijan, Namangan, Ferghana, in relation to Obod Qishloq;
Based on the desk research and rapid fieldwork, the following deliverables were submitted to the World Bank and Government of Uzbekistan:
1) Summary report on the results of desk review;
2) Summary report on the results of the process analysis of service delivery architecture at regional and district level for Obod Qishloq;
3) Outline of responsibilities of various stakeholders at provincial, district and community level participating in Obod Qishloq for providing basic services in rural communities (electricity, gas, heating, irrigation and drinking water supply systems, sewage, tertiary/internal roads and bridges, public education (pre-k and primary levels); budget flows and procurement procedures;
4) Identification of knowledge and information gaps and recommendation for further data collection needed.