Local governments have not paid sufficient attention to strengthening their capacity to raise their own revenue efficiently. For instance, Local governments still collect a number of taxes with very low yields and fail to fully exploit more efficient tax instruments that are now at their disposal. Governance Systems International specializes in the provision of technical assistance and training in the areas of local government finances and intergovernmental fiscal relations. GSI has developed innovative tools and methodologies that enhance and improve local government revenue performance, accountability and promotes local economic development (LED).
GSI supports local governments to develop tools to assess their own financial situation; establish their revenue potential; implement tax collection strategies; investment planning and strategies that links local resources generated to service delivery. In its approach, GSI works with local governments to foster local economic growth aimed at increasing investment, creating jobs, raising incomes, and ultimately expanding the local government tax base. GSI also provides technical assistance and on-the-job training to local government staff and supports activities that increase local government own revenues by reducing arrears, updating revenue registers, targeting specific fees and improving billing and collection methods and other strategies.
GSI supports local governments to achieve long-term financial viability and sustainability through promoting Local Economic Development (LED) and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). GSI also provides technical assistance and on-the-job training to local government staff on a variety of governance issues, including tax collection, asset management, budget preparation and analysis, local revenue enhancement and mobilization planning, procurement, and service provision, with the aim of improving management efficiency. GSI works with LG counterparts to enhance their leadership and planning skills; increase own-source local revenues through innovative financing; determine service delivery costs; and improve public service in LGs, such as health, education and water distribution.