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Order from Chaos: Stabilising Libya the Local Way

European Council on Foreign Relations (2018) A multiplicity of international actors operate in Libya, with a sometimes surprising level of cohesiveness. Nevertheless, now is the time for them to collectively agree a high-level strategy, ensuring they have a bird’s eye view of the efforts they are all making to bring stability back to Libya. The three main components of stabilisation are: ensuring the delivery of public services; stabilising the economy; and providing security. There has been some progress on the first component, but stabilisation actors must now focus on the economy. Innovation at municipal level and the weakness and corruption of central government mean that international players should look to local authorities as partners for re-establishing public services.

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Time to Act: Realizing Indonesia’s Urban Potential

World Bank Group (2019) Indonesia is the fourth most populous country and is rapidly being urbanised. To make sure, that policymakers recognise and implement the potential of Indonesia as prosper and developed country with benefits that arise from the urban agglomeration, this report provides ideas for institutional reforms and policies. It shows the challenges and opportunities for urbanisation in Indonesia.

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Better Cities, Better World: A Handbook on Local Governments Self-Assessments

World Bank (2019) With a sense of urgency, we face the urbanisation wave and need to search for effective and innovative ways to deal with new and old problems. This handbook provides information concerning the complex past, current and future challenges that cities face. The book addresses two key questions that tackle municipal infrastructure and services financing: Are we doing the right things? and Are we doing things right?.

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Reflections on Citizens Participation in Europe’s Cities

URBACT (2019) This policy paper captures the knowledge from the first URBACT City Lab. With the focus on citizen participation, this paper identifies challenges that cities are facing and shares relevant learning experiences and good practices from cities.

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10 Things to Know About the Impacts of Urbanisation

ODI (2018) Urban living can offer many benefits for residents such as job opportunities and higher incomes. Business wise the chances of greater collaboration and innovation opportunities are higher while also including lower input costs. Since cities are growing quickly, especially in low-income countries in Africa and in Asia, rapid urbanisation brings challenges for city governments and policy makers. To plan and manage the interconnected aspects of urbanisation (poverty, inequality, employment, services, transport, climate change and politics) political and technical issues need to be considered to ensure a good life in urban areas.

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Climate, Urbanization and Conflict: The Effects of Weather Shocks and Floods on Urban Social Disorder

ADB (2019) This paper provides important information about weather shocks and floods in large cities in developing countries. The displacement of population is associated with a higher risk of urban social disorder. This paper holds implications for evaluating future climate change as well as policies regarding climate change and disaster resilience.

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Integrated Policymaking: Choosing an institutional Design for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

German Development Institute (2019) This paper aims to assess governments’ proposals for institutional designs for SDG implementation at the national level and to identify patterns of institutional design through analysing and coding the Voluntary National Reviews from 2016 and 2017. The empirical analysis gives an overview which political and socio-economic factors shape the institutional designs and formulates policy recommendations based on the findings.

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How Local & Regional Government Associations bring the SDGs to Life

Platforma (CEMR 2019) This study provides information about how towns and regions can localise the SDGs by using local indicators to assess the implementation. It is based on a joint survey conducted by CEMR, Platforma and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Since local and regional government associations are increasingly being recognised as important actors to embrace the 2030 Agenda, success stories and innovative good practices can be shared as well as challenges and common solutions.

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Gender Budgeting

The Asia Foundation (2019) Gender budgeting, known as Gender responsive budgeting, plays a key role in achieving the SDGs. It refers to an approach that uses fiscal policy and administration to promote gender equality. This brief explains the concept and what it aims for in a detailed way and provides information how gender budgeting can be introduced in Myanmar. Therefore, the impact of international experiences with gender budgeting initiatives is analysed.

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Sustainable Development Report 2019

Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2019) Teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung prepared the Sustainable Development Report 2019. It presents the SDG Index and Dashboards and frames the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in terms of six broad transformations.

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