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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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COVID-19 and Local Humanitarian Action: Five Emerging Trends

Recognising the importance of tracking change in real-time, this new mapping tool by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) documents how change towards more local humanitarian action and leadership triggered by COVID-19 can be tracked through the review of publicly available resources. Up to date the data of 30 countries has been integrated into the tool. Five notable key trends have been identified.
 

Author: Alexandra Spencer
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) / Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

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States of Fragility 2020

Tailored to the needs of policy makers and practitioners, the States of Fragility 2020 report provides insights into the universal phenomenon of fragility in states and societies in the context of SDG implementation and financing. In addition, it examines how communities can invest in resilience, peacebuilding and conflict prevention. By drawing on lessons learned through case studies the report connects policy to practice and highlights effective approaches for fragile working conditions to build more just and inclusive societies that leave no one behind.
 

Publisher: OECD
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: OECD

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Policy Note: Governance in Authoritarian Contexts

Published by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) this policy note examines lessons learned from development cooperation and engagement in authoritarian contexts. Drawing on SDC’s own project experiences with working in authoritarian regimes, the policy note carves out recommendations for donors as well as their partners working in similar circumstances. Moreover, it includes findings from learning journeys on shrinking space for civil society (2018/19), on authoritarian regimes (2019/20) and on governance in fragile contexts (2018/19), making it a comprehensive resource combining both practical experience with academic research.
 

Publisher: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Publication Date: 2020

Copyright: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

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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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