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.

Socio-Political and Administrative Determinants of Municipal Revenue Performance: Insights from Mozambique

Saida, Bunk; Forquilha, Salvador; Klawonn, Dominique; Krull, Jonathan; Sennewald Alina; Steinhilber, Conrad; von Boeselager, Juliane; von Schiller, Armin/DIE (2017) Mobilisation of municipal revenue is a relevant topic for development from a fiscal point of view but also from a broader governance perspective. This paper summarises the insights gained in a study on how administrative and socio-political variables at the local level affect the revenue performance of Mozambican municipalities. Thereby, the paper contribute to an evolving literature highlighting the relevance of local factors in explaining local revenue mobilisation.

Women, Leadership and Development: From SDG 5 to Habitat III

UCLG (2016) This publication was presented at the 3rd Latin-American Summit of Local Agendas for Gender Equality: “Women and the City”, celebrated in Santiago, Chile, from 18-21 January, 2016. The report explores the role that gender equality at the local level will play into the achievement of the major international development and sustainability agendas. It also summarises the main conclusions of the session on “Women, Leadership and Development”, held in Paris on 6 December, 2015, in the framework of the UCLG World Council and the COP 21.

Gender Roles and Opportunities for Women in Urban Environments

Pozarny, P. F.; GSDRC (2016) This literature review focuses on a variety of urban issues and their impacts on gender roles, particularly women’s economic empowerment. Further, the paper compares these issues and findings to rural settings. It specifically examines issues such as care responsibilities, access to employment opportunities, power, decision-making, the use of earnings and gender-based violence. It also flags other relevant issues as appropriate.

Priority Gender Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine

Pozarny, P., & Rohwerder, B.; GSDRC (2016) This paper discusses the gender issues in Eastern Europe. It argues that women's political participation is limited and therefore it analyses the progress in each country for improving the role of women. It comes to the conclusion that gender stereotyping and discrimination against women remain widespread. Also the participation in governance is still low, main reasons for this include lack of financing, traditional societal attitudes, little experience in public life roles and low interest. There are problems with implementation of the law and there is a lack of political will to advance gender equality.

Gender and the Formal and Informal Systems of Local Public Finance in Sierra Leone

ICTD (2018) This ICTD Research in Brief is a two-page summary of ICTD Working paper 87 by Vanessa van den Boogaard. This series is aimed at policy makers, tax administrators, fellow researchers and anyone else who is big on interest and short on time. In recent years, activists and policy-oriented researchers have begun to explore how tax policy and administration reform may serve to reinforce or address gender inequities. The majority of research in this area has focused on taxation in high-income countries; it is thus unsurprising that policy-oriented work has tended to think about tax and gender through a narrow, Westernised lens, which predominately focuses on formal taxes, administration, and institutions.

Gender Equal Cities

Urbact Knowledge Hub (2019) This Urbact report shows how creating space for women's voices, needs and capacities is a necessary step towards building thriving citieses. The report themes mirror city departments and sectors, providing practical guides for professionals who work both in specific ploicy-areas and across sectors. It is relevant for citizens and citizen organisations too, to help them them inspire and support their local administrations.

Nepal's Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis

International Crisis Group (2016) In 2015, Nepal adopted a new constitution amid deadly protests that continued for months. Protesting groups argued that the statute backtracked on addressing structural discrimination. If implementation begins before contentious issues are addressed, the mainstream parties risk wholesale rejection of the constitution by a large section of the population. Conducting local elections also carries grave risks of violence, boycotts, intimidation and, in some areas, rejection of the state and its political system.