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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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Disruptive Resilience: An Agenda for the New Normal in Cities of the Global South

Crises, like the current global health pandemic as well as climate change, require “disruptive resilience” in urban governance sectors such as finance, public service delivery and data management. Throughout this briefing its authors highlight the need for an adjustment of existing risk management systems and practices through innovative approaches in order to effectively meet new challenges. Besides outlining numerous ways of transition from business as usual to a new concept of resilience, this brief showcases successful practices already taking place in the global South.
 

Authors: Aditya V. Bahadur, David Dodman
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: IIED

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Towards a Concept and Framework for Governing Complex Emergencies - Emergency Governance for Cities and Regions

Launched in Mai 2020 by UCLG, Metropolis and the London School of Economics – LSE Cities, the Emergency Governance Initiative for Cities and Regions (EGI) has published its second policy brief in the field of emergency governance. By introducing a preliminary concept and framework, the policy brief analyses how to best govern during complex emergencies, while taking the needs of regional governments and cities into consideration. By defining specific emergency cases and relating them to grand global challenges, the policy brief is able to discuss relevant governance principles, structures, processes and domains before adapting them to present local and regional challenges.
 

Publisher: Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI)
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI)

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Advancing the 2030 Agenda in African Cities Through Knowledge Co-Production

Implemented as part of the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030 Africa), this report sheds light on current collaborative transdisciplinary research, carried out between science, policy and society in different African cities. Highlighting the means and processes behind the co-production of knowledge on sustainable urban development in Africa, the report provides recommendations for the creation of enabling environments and for capacity-building for African scientists in this area. It underscores the need to invest in transdisciplinary urban research science and the cooperation of scientists, policy actors, urban practitioners, communities and the private sector for future knowledge production.
 

Publisher: International Science Council (ISC)
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: International Science Council (ISC)

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

By providing the districts of Lumajang and Pacitan in East Java, Indonesia, with data to trace Local Government and local stakeholder contributions toward SDG localisation, ADB has assisted these regions with monitoring, implementing and raising awareness for SDG implementation. By filling this data gap ADB aims to harmonise local action and trace its positive impact for sustainable development. The referenced case study outlines ADB’s approach.
 

Publisher: Asian Development Bank
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: Asian Development Bank

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THE 2030 AGENDA - Through the Eyes of Local and Regional Governments’ Associations

Conducted as part of PLATFORMA’s workshop at the United Nations’ 2020 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on “Localising the Sustainable Development Goals” this survey analyses the progress made by European regions, municipalities and their national associations regarding SDG implementation. Emphasising the local perspective in a multi-stakeholder context, this study presents a follow up to CEMR and PLATFORMA’s previous studies on “How local & regional government associations bring the SDGs to life” (2019) and the “Sustainable Development Goals – How Europe’s towns and regions are taking the lead” (2018).
 

Publisher: Platforma, CEMR
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: Platforma, CEMR

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Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines on Voluntary Local Reviews

Developed in cooperation with the Penang Platform for Sustainable Urbanization, the Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines on Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) aim to provide Local and Regional Governments with tools, checklists and templates for reviewing local progress against the SDGs. In addition, the guidelines offer context-specific background on the 2030 Agenda for the region and pinpoint entry points to conduct a VLR. By providing these templates and formats to report in a cohesive manner the guidelines aim to formalise the VLR process.
 

Publisher: United Nations ESCAP
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: United Nations

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Good Climate Finance Guide: Lessons for Strengthening Devolved Climate Finance

Recognising the importance of climate finance for marginalised communities impacted by climate change, this paper presents lessons learned and outlines recommendations for better support to local actors. Looking into international climate funds and development financing mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund and UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) as well as case studies from Asia, the Caribbean and Latin-America, the report identifies “good climate finance” approaches. Based on this assessment the report provides recommendations on how locally led solutions can be supported through the effective delivery of climate finance and addresses how local actors can access funds to implement their own regional-specific strategies.
 

Authors: Marek Soanes, Sejal Patel, Feisal Rahman, Barry Smith, Dave Steinbach
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: IIED

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The Property Tax Diagnostic Manual

The Property Tax Diagnostic Manual provides officials and development partners with guidance on how to analyse immovable property tax systems and develop reform strategies in low- and middle-income countries. It includes a practical analytical framework, extensive discussion on policy and administrative options and considerations for the design of a strategic implementation plan, as well as draft TORs and illustrative questions to help guide such a diagnostic exercise. The manual draws on extensive international experience and includes four separate case studies for the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Zanzibar. 
 

Authors: Roy Kelly, Roland White, Aanchal Anand
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: The World Bank Group

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Regional and Local Governments

This brief sums up the key findings of the CoR-OECD-19 Survey, titled “The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on regional and local governments: governance, finance and recovery plans”. Conducted in June and July 2020 among representatives of subnational governments of the European Union, the online-survey received answers from 24 countries encompassing 300 subnational governments. The brief evaluates the data received by structuring it according to the overall financial impact witnessed by subnational governments as well as exit strategies and socio-economic recovery plans. The focus of the brief is on identifying how and if the COVID-19 crisis is reshaping regional development policy priorities.
 

Publisher: OECD
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: OECD

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