Community-driven development: Does it build social cohesion or infrastructure?

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), 2018 This paper synthesises evidence on 23 community-driven development programmes. It examines whether programme objectives and design have changed over the decades and how effective community driven development (CDD) has been in improving outcomes. It combines narrative synthesis and meta-analysis to examine the impact of these programmes along their causal chain.

Devolution after Brexit – Managing the environment, agriculture and fisheries

Institute for Government, 2018 This report by the Institute for Government argues that after Brexit all four governments of the UK – Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Westminster – must go back to the drawing board to redefine their relationships. The authors argue that the devolution arrangements of the late 1990s were designed to function within membership of the EU. On that account, the report makes recommendations for how the four governments can work together now and after Brexit.

The future is decentralised: Block chains, distributed ledgers & the future of sustainable development

UNDP, 2018 Block chains can ease the frictions that prevent a vast array of sustainability, humanitarian, and environmental initiatives from fulfilling their potential. This white paper explains how this unconventional technology works and how it is already being used to pursue conventional ends. It illustrates how block chains have brought new levels of efficiency and effectiveness to the fields of development aid, supply chain management, renewable energy, economic growth, and several others.

Maintaining the Momentum of Decentralisation in Ukraine

OECD, 2018 This Multi-level Governance Series study by OECD focuses on Ukraine’s advances in regional development, territorial reform and decentralisation since 2014. The Government launched a reform to merge local governments and strengthen the decentralisation process, giving additional power and resources to sub-national authorities. In a short period, successful steps have been taken toward achieving municipal mergers and greater fiscal, administrative and political decentralisation, complemented by the State Strategy for Regional Development 2015-2020.

Assessing the impact of governance programmes: GIZ support to citizen participation in local governance in Benin

DIE, 2018 This publication provides an exemplary impact assessment of a decentralisation programme in Benin. It analyses whether and how external support to citizen participation contributes to the quality of public services and local governance in the context of Benins decentralisation process. The study measures the effect of GIZ activities on the quality of selected citizen participation formats and evaluates the impact of these citizen participation formats on the quality of public service provision and local governance.

European Union Support to Decentralisation Reform in Ukraine: a Peacebuilding Endeavour?

Berghof Foundation, 2017 The Scholarly Article on Governance Reform was produced as part of the project "Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding" (WOSCAP). It wants to contribute to the ongoing debate on the question of what role decentralisation can play in building sustainable peace, and under which conditions support to such reform efforts can be successful. More specifically, it aims to analyse the EU’s capabilities to support decentralisation reform in Ukraine through a whole-of-society centred peacebuilding lens.

Decentralised Cooperation to Achieve the 2030 Agenda

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) & PLATFORMA, 2018 Development cooperation no longer lies only in the hands of public authorities. While non-governmental organisations might be the most traditional counterpart of governments in international aid and development cooperation in many countries, they are experiencing the rise of other players. How to put all these stakeholders together in order to create more efficient, coherent and complementary multistakeholder partnerships for decentralised cooperation? The authors explain with concrete examples and case studies how local and regional governments strive towards leading this new era of development cooperation. The objectives of this study are to reinforce the new and innovative landscape and alliances for decentralised cooperation, in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the EU answer to the territorial dimension.

Decentralised cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Middle East

The Tuscany Region & PLATFORMA, 2019 The Tuscany Region and PLATFORMA have recently published a mapping of Italian decentralised cooperation projects in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East. It combines a quantitative analysis on the data relating to all cooperation projects promoted in the Mediterranean basin and a qualitative survey on some of the most significant experiences in this area.

The Local Business Environment and Decentralised Cooperation

PLATFORMA, 2019 National business environment reform does not always lead to an improvement of business conditions at the local level, but through decentralised cooperation, local and regional governments can lead reforms that support business growth, create jobs and drive innovation, writes Simon White in a new study published by PLATFORMA. The first objective of this study is to show that improving local business environment requires building the capacity of local and regional governments in partner countries and promoting decentralisation reforms. The second objective is to show the potential contribution of decentralised cooperation to help local and regional governments undertake business environment reforms and advocate for decentralisation reforms.

Seeding Change – Enabling Local Governments and Key Influencers Across Asia to Learn, Share and Collaborate on Strengthening Governance

LOGIN Asia, 2019 This booklet captures a few of the many ways in which LOGIN has contributed to creating a more vibrant space for citizens and local governments in Asia. It showcases how transformation is enabled once peers across borders commit themselves to partnerships that are grounded in experiantial learning.