Good Urban Governance in South Asia (GUGSA)

USAID, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Nepal, October 2001 – October 2004

Project Summary


In South Asia, the demands for essential services, often organized and articulated by political parties or civil society organizations, are growing at a far faster rate than the ability of local governments to respond in ways that are adequate and meaningful. The USAID RUDO Office in India conceptualized this three-year project in order to help strengthen the response capacity of local governments in the region by creating greater awareness of the principals of good urban governance.

The GUGSA project will document, disseminate and demonstrate best practices in urban governance put into place by local governmental bodies throughout the South Asia region. The information gathered will focus on specific communities and be formulated into case study format that will be shared with community leaders and locally-elected bodies.

GUGSA also features a pilot project phase where a community will have the opportunity to actively demonstrate these principals in action through the implementation of an actual municipal/urban project. This phase will also be documented and disseminated along with the case studies.

Lastly, a regional conference will be held in the conclusion of the project that will bring community leaders and locally elected bodies together to discuss the need for good urban governance, how that is defined in South Asia, and can it can impact activities and developments in the region. The conference aims to encourage the adoption of the principals of good urban governance by locally-elected bodies and will provide examples and lessons on how this adoption can take place.

The GUGSA project started in October 2001 and runs through October 2004. It will take place in three countries in South Asia - Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.