Honiara City Council Capacity Building Project
Honiara City Council in the Solomon Islands is facing a number of challenges in rebuilding its institutions following a period of national instability. The Council also faces a changing and complex environment, characterised by, amongst other things, rapid urbanisation and high expectations versus inadequate resources.
The CLGF Pacific Office is working with Honiara City Council to strengthen the council’s governance structures and enhance its capacity to deliver services to improve the quality of life for ithe citizens of Honiara. The project aims to strengthen the Council’s capacity to respond effectively to the challenges it faces and to deliver responsive and adequate local government services. It started in late 2004, and receives substantial funding support from NZAID
Objectives and activities:
This project has five key objectives and more than fifty separate activities:
Strengthened management capacity and processes. including a restructured organisation, a new management team and counterparts, introduction of new rating systems and improvements to the council’s revenue base, plus training and skills improvement.
Improved quality and delivery of essential services. including upgrading office and depot facilities, improvements in refuse collection and disposal, upgrading central markets, roadworks and law enforcement.
Coordinated and well-planned urban development including an enhanced zoning, development and building control framework, ia new local planning scheme and urban development strategy.
Promote good governance and local democracy. To be achieved through legislative review, orientation and leadership development for councillors, improved community consultation and engagement, and corporate planning. It will include technical support to women and youth affairs functions and advice on necessary changes to Honiara City Act.
Manage the project effectively and in the city's best interests. Effective management by CLGF and support by partners including Quarterly Project Management Committee meetings, ongoing technical support and progress reporting to donors.
The project is now in its third phase – a five year intervention running from late 2006 to the end of 2011.
Last updated: 16 April 2012