The team will now work closely with the relevant departments and other key stakeholders to work out the projects in detail. This will involve setting specific project objectives that are ´SMART´, as well as the identifying the key components and activities of the projects. They will conclude on the range of institutional options for implementation: government only, or public private partnership, public community partnership, to name a few.
Please refer to the tool Project fiches.
The team and departmental staff will work out in detail who will do what, and related to which projects. They will finalise discussions with the relevant stakeholders and obtain agreements on steps forward. They will work out timelines and agree the allocation of actor responsibilities.
Note: Linking objectives and potential projects to budgets is extremely important in the process of moving from dreams to reality. It is important to consider potential resources throughout the CDS process. Limitations in budgets will force a prioritisation of projects.
At this point, the team, the departments and other relevant stakeholders will finalise decisions on the budgets for the projects and the payment mechanisms. They will conclude on local funding for the projects, what projects will be executed with funding from other sources, and any potential further resource mobilisation efforts necessary.
The CDS team and departments will start working on the detailing of the multi sector investment plan which was outlined in phase 3.1 step 3. This will structure the expenditure and revenue streams for the entire project portfolio. The investment plan will look at the life cycle costing of the projects, including the capital investments needed and as well operation and maintenance costs, over a multi-year time frame. The investment plan will also plan and sequence the implementation of projects and the allocation of resources from within the local government and other actors involved in the projects.
This investment plan will have to be discussed in detail with and approved by the Council.
Cross-reference: World Bank: Guidebook on Capital Investment Planning for Local Governments, Kaganova 2011, page 29.
Step 4: Negotiate with national government on embedding local investments in national and donor budgets
The mayor and the team will need to continue discussions with regional and national governments to ensure that the CDS strategy is aligned with regional and national development priorities. While working on the final MSIP, the team will finalise discussions and negotiations with national government on embedding local investment programmes in national budgets, and with funding agencies on inclusion in programmes.
Negotiations will also continue with financing organisations and/or donors to ensure that that programmes and projects being implemented are in line with agreements made and that the funding continues to be allocated to local priorities.
Output of this sub-phase: projects detailed, with timelines and responsibilities assigned, and budgets incorporated into a multi-sector investment plan.