The Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance - DeLoG
The development of a conceptual framework, shared vision and operational co-ordination in the field of decentralisation and local governance are the main goals of the cooperation between the Development Partners (DP), in order to enhance the effectiveness of their work. This cooperation is especially characterised by its informal character. To facilitate the exchange of information among the participants, the shared workspace provides limited access only for DP.
DeLoG Global Seminar Series
Localizing development: Does participation work?
On October 28th and 29th, 2013 the first two sessions of DeLoG’s Global Seminar Series were held in Brussels and Bonn. The DeLoG Global Seminar Series is a format which aims at exchanging knowledge between DeLoG members, academia and the wider DLG audience. Speaker of the first two events was Vijayendra Rao, lead economist at the World Bank. His intervention covered the results of the study ‘Localizing development: Does participation work’ which he conducted together with Ghazala Mansuri in 2012. He researched if participation can be induced through the type of large-scale government and donor-funded participatory programs that have become common in the past decade.
4th UCLG World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders - Rabat
The city of Rabat hosted the second UCLG World Summit of local and regional leaders, and the 4th Congress of its World Organisation, from 1st to 4th of October 2013. It was held under the overall theme „Imagine Society, Build Democracy“.
With 3.700 registered participants from 124 countries it was the biggest congress so far,
old and new president of the World Association of Municipalities is Kadhir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul.
The final declaration of the summit stressed the political role of local authorities as effective promoters of peace and dialogue among people: The local sphere is where democracies are built and reinforced. It is the level which can most effectively renew the social contract between citizens and public authorities as they are best placed to identify and understand the needs of communities. During MDG implementation it was demonstrated that important progress was made where local and regional authorities were involved in this process and that that results were not as satisfactory in cases where the principle of subsidiarity was not respected.
During the first day of the congress, the „Global Task Force of Regional and Local Governments for Post-2015 and towards Habitat III” met to discuss the roadmap towards a new set of development goals and new initiatives in this respect. DeLoG will support the task force by conducting a study on possible indicators and goals that including sub-national levels. This technical input is meant to help the Global Task Force in submitting proposals for a localised Post-2015 framework. Furthermore, the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD III) titled “Basic services for all in an urbanizing world” was presented to the public.
DeLoG Parallel Session. 4th UCLG World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
During the 4th UCLG World Summit, which took place at the beginning of October in Rabat/ Morocco, DeLoG hosted a parallel session on Developmental Local Governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. During the session the example of Brazil was presented, which already measures MDG achievement in a disaggregated manner. The goal will be to measure differences in the achievement of development goals across its territory and, hence, to be able to target the support from the national level accordingly (click here to read more). This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with representatives from bilateral- and multilateral development partners as well as government and NGO representatives. To read more on the main outcomes of the discussion, please read our 2-page summary of the session or watch the video recording of the session.
Watch the video of the session:
From left to right: Kuno Schläfli and Brigit Hagman (representing SDC); Jochen Mattern and Michelle Söller (DeLoG secretariat)
Agreement signed with Swiss Development Cooperation for the co-funding of DeLoG and its secretariat in Bonn
We are pleased to announce that the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) has, as the first member agency, decided to provide financial resources in a co-funding arrangement directly to the DeLoG secretariat. On February 18th, pen has been put to paper at SDC headquarters in Bern to formalise the SDC contribution to strengthen DeLoG and its secretariat from 2013- 2015 with an annual contribution of approximately US$ 300’000. A substantive part is directed to the implementation of the DeLoG/learn4dev joint learning programme. This is an important milestone in the life of the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) towards a more collectively owned and widely engaged network.
In the following, Head of SDC’s Balkan Department Brigit Hagman, explains the reasons for and the expectations of co-financing DeLoG and its activities.