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Gender Equality and Federalism - Opportunities and Challenges in Multilevel Governance

This publication presents the findings of the Forum of Federations’ Gender Equality and Federalism research project. Initiated in October 2018, and undertaken within the scope of the Forum’s Gender Policy Program, the project investigated the effect that federal and decentralised models of governance have on gender equality dynamics. Through analysing the existing evidence base, it aimed to extract and synthesise key learning to support the development of the knowledge base on gender equality and federal and decentralised governance. It was further designed to provide an empirical foundation upon which the Forum can draw in its governance development activities.

Authors: Christine Forster
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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Decentralized Governance to Reinforce Women’s Political Participation in the MENA Region

This blog article analyses the obstacles to women’s political participation in the MENA region and how the mechanisms of decentralised and multilevel governance can better support their political participation.

Authors: Ève Beauchamp          
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Forum of Federations
                                                                           

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Forum of Federations Webinar: Gender Equality and Federalism

In this webinar, the Forum of Federation launched its Report on Gender Equality and Federalism. The Report examines the complex gender dynamics in federal and decentralized countries and identifies the advantages and limitations that multilevel systems present in the context of advancing gender equality in critical areas of women’s lives. Christine Forster presented the main findings and recommendations derived from her analysis.

Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2020
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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Podcast on Gender Equality (Abstracts and Links to Recording)

In Episode One in the Gender Equality Series, the Forum of Federations speaks with experts from Australia, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Canada and Brazil on the impact of federal and decentralised governance on gender equality. The advantages and disadvantages of these systems is explored comparatively to gain an understanding on how gender equality can further be supported in these governance systems. 

In the second episode, the second in the gender equality series, the Forum of Federations speaks with experts on factors impacting women’s political representation and participation in federal countries. Topics discussed include the role of men and boys in fostering gender equality and the relationship between economic empowerment and gender equality.

In this third and final episode of the gender equality series, the Forum of Federations speaks with experts about gender equality and governance in development assistance, and the work being undertaken around the world to empower women and girls. Topics discussed include the relationship between gender equality and development assistance, the approaches and achievement of Canada and Switzerland’s work in the area, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global gender equality.

Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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Forum Occasional Papers Series 14: Decentralization and Gender Equity

This paper explores the gender dynamics of decentralisation in developing and transitioning countries. The first section defines decentralisation and outlines the potential benefits and accompanying challenges. The second section explores trends in decentralisation in several countries around the world. The third section examines the role of women in decentralisation. The fourth section identifies the barriers women face when trying to enter the political arena. The fifth section identifies some of the efforts around the world that have been used to reduce these barriers. The final section concludes the paper.

Authors: Enid Slack, Zachary Spicer, Makram Montacer
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Publication Date: 2014
Copyright: Forum of Federations

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A Decade of Urban Resilience

In this publication, the UNDP and ODI analyse urban risk and resilience-related policies, frameworks, and flagship programmes. They found that only few initiatives have taken a people-centred approach while, geographically, most focus on the GLobal North. The study outlines opportunities and priorities for UNDP engagement on urban resilience and risk management.

Authors: Y. Cao, E. Wilkinson, L. Pettinotti, S.  Colenbrander, E. Lovell
Publisher: UNDP
Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: UNDP

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Guide on Connecting Green Recovery and Resilience in Cities (ReCAP21)

This publication presents three key entry points for local governments to move towards an urban transformation and a resilient recovery process. This guide supports local governments to identify comprehensive solutions that range from finance and physical interventions to cultural practices and governance arrangements that may contribute to achieving more resilient societies.

Authors: ICLEI World Secretariat, ICLEI Africa Secretariat, ICLEI South Asia, R-Cities, GIZ
Publisher: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability e.V
Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability e.V

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Place, Productivity, and Prosperity : Revisiting Spatially Targeted Policies for Regional Development

The latest volume of the World Bank Productivity Project series, Place, Productivity, and Prosperity: Revisiting Spatially Targeted Policies for Regional Development provides new insights into the three drivers of economic geography: agglomeration economies, migration, and distance. It demonstrates the way in which these drivers interact. In developing countries, these factors are playing out differenty than in advanced economies. for instance, urbanisation is not accompanied by structural transformation, leaving cities crowded and accruing all the negative aspects of urbanization without being concentrated productively. This publication provides a heuristic framework with which to inform policy makers’ assessments of place-based policy proposals, helping them identify the regions where policy is likely to have an impact and those that would remain nonviable.

Authors: Arti Grover,  Somik V. Lall, William F. Maloney
Publisher: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank
Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank

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Blockchain for Urban Development – Guidance for Urban Managers

This publication highlights potential applications of blockchain in relation to urban development and its risks related to sustainable urbanisation. Blockchain is a relatively new and rapidly developing technology that could assist in accelerating the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. A key point of the paper is that blockchain has to be combined with human-centered approaches and robust business processes. 

Author: Abdinassir Sagar, Philip Bananayo
Publisher: UN-Habitat
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UN-Habitat

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Managing Urbanisation: A Global and Just Approach

The position paper describes the challenges of shaping a globally just urbanisation and the existing solutions - for example, the New Urban Agenda on global level, or the Amsterdam Pact on EU level. It does so by explaining why cities are central to the transition towards sustainability and how urbanisation can be made a key issue of international cooperation to achieve radical change towards socio-ecological urban development.

Author: Clara Brandi
Publisher: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V.
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V.

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