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Building Safe Communities: Bridging the Gap Between Citizens, Municipalities & the Police

Developed as part of the “Matra project on Local Safety and Security in Albania 2017 – 2020”, this handbook describes local pilot projects for increasing citizen safety in Berat, Cërrik, Devoll, Mat and Roskovec. Besides providing a detailed overview of the projects’ achievements, the guidebook lists concrete policy recommendations for other Albanian municipalities and civil servants to address local safety and security issues. Additionally, the guide provides national policy makers with recommendations on how to support municipalities in their efforts to promote local safety.
 

Publishers: The Hague Academy for Local Governance; VNG International; Foundation for Local Autonomy and Governance
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: The Hague Academy for Local Governance; VNG International; Foundation for Local Autonomy and Governance

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Catalysing Private Sector Investment in Climate Smart Cities

To fill the financing gap and catalyse private sector investment in climate-smart city projects and infrastructures, innovative instruments are required. Based on literature reviews, this report not only identifies key obstacles which hinder needed investments, but documents innovative financial instruments for private sector financing for low carbon, resilient urban investments.
 

Authors: Sandrine Boukerche, Lauren Carter
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: The World Bank Group

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The Analytics Playbook for Cities: A Navigational Tool for Understanding Data Analytics in Local Government, Confronting Trade-Offs, and Implementing Effectively

Written for practitioners in the field of city analytics and data units, this report explains how city governments can improve their operation’s efficiency while saving resources and enhancing services through proper data use. Several U.S. cities are cited as case studies. Additionally, the report highlights risks connected to the use of city analytics in an attempt to provide guidance to newly installed analytic data city-teams. 
 

Authors: Amen Ra Mashariki, Nicolas Diaz, David Eaves
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation - Harvard Kennedy School

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The Territorial Impact of COVID-19: Managing the Crisis Across Levels of Government

Besides identifying the regional and local impact of COVID-19 as extremely heterogeneous, this report provides an in-depth look at the consequences of the pandemic for the health/social, economic and fiscal dimension of OECD countries’ regions and municipalities. The brief provides good practice examples on how to alleviate and manage the pandemic’s territorial effects, and its implications for multi-level governance, subnational finance and public investment as well as examples for improving regional resilience.
 

Publisher: OECD
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: OECD

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Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals through Better Local-Level Data: A Case Study of Lumajang and Pacitan Districts in Indonesia

This new case study provides insight into ADB’s collaborative project of using data dashboards to monitor the localisation of SDGs in East Java, Indonesia. The project recognises the impact of good data access for a flexible and context-specific SDG implementation and aims to enable local governments to address their communities’ needs in the process. The project builds on a series of local governance reforms which received support through the Kinerja project focused on accountability mechanisms and strengthening local policy dialogue.
 

Publisher: Asian Development Bank
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: Asian Development Bank

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Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2020

Showcasing the latest available data on gender equality across all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2020 edition of “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot” analises recent achievements as well as current declines in the field of gender due to COVID-19. Underscoring the motto of leaving no woman or girl behind, the report identifies the most vulnerable groups across all SDGs and serves as a reminder that female representation matters more than ever if the global community aims to build back better and more resilient.
 

Publisher: UN WOMEN
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: UN-WOMEN

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Monitoring Achievements on Sustainable Development Goal 16 2015-2019: A Global State of Democracy Indices Perspective

This new report by International IDEA analyses the progress made on SDG 16 using the Global State of Democracy Indices data. The progress of the indicators and targets is compared globally and regionally and judged country-specific dependent on local context. The stark difference between the global decline and increase in improvements of the various targets highlights the role that subnational, regional and local governments play for implementing the SDGs.
 

Authors: Armend Bekaj, Annika Silva-Leander
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: International IDEA

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Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption

Against the backdrop of the current pandemic, this report recognises the possible threat of corruption for uncontrolled emergency fund and government spending. Organised along various topics, the report looks into corruption in different sectors and functions and uses diverse case studies to highlight the dynamics at play between national and local governments. Additionally, key instruments for addressing corruption are documented.
 

Authors: Bernard C. Myers, Rajin Bajpai
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright : International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank

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Local Government Finance Indicators in South-East Europe: Statistical Brief

Part One of this statistical brief by NALAS provides policymakers and analysts with information on the structure and size of local governments in South-East Europe as well as a regional comparison of national and subnational government finance in 2018. Part Two showcases revenues and expenditures for the period 2006-2018, using selected indicators of macro–economic performance and fiscal decentralisation. The publication is the first of its kind, including only quantitative data organised in tables and graphs to allow for easily accessible and comparable country- and region-specific information.
 

Author: NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization
Publication Date: 2019
Copyright : NALAS

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Successful Local Government Fundraising and Project Pitching

Recognising the financial obstacles faced by local governments when trying to access funds for climate-resilient projects, this paper provides a short overview of different financial sources and practical advice for fundraising and project pitching. By drawing on the success story of the federal capital Brasília which was able to fundraise over USD 450 million for project implementation in 2021, this paper by the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) wants to empower local and regional governments to raise funds of their own.
 

Authors: Dr. Eszter Réka Mogyorósy, ICLEI World Secretariat; Alessandra Andreazzi Peres, Federal District Environment Secretariat, Brazil
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability e.V

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