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How Donors Can Deliver on the 'Leave No One Behind Commitment'

ODI (2019) This working paper sets out some proposals aimed at bilateral donors, with a focus on health and education policies. Next, the paper examines the thorny question of value for money. For some donors who take a human rights-based or ‘prioritarian’ approach, needing to justify value for money of interventions is less of an issue. Finally, the paper considers what might be the optimal institutional set-up to deliver on the LNOB agenda. Here there are no clear answers, but it presents some proposals informed by the findings in the rest of the paper.

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The Relevance of Social Policies for Democracy: Preventing Autocratisation through Synergies between SDG10 and SDG16

German Development Institute (2019) This paper assesses the effects of social and economic inequalities on autocratisation, meaning a decline in the democratic qualities of a political regime. The key question it studies is whether different types, levels and changes in distributional inequalities (SDG 10) contribute to the erosion of democratic institutions, thereby making governance less inclusive (SDG 16). The paper focusses, in particular, on distributional inequalities and more or less inclusive forms of governance (autocracy vs. democracy).

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Sustainable Development Through Local Action

UCLG CIB (2018) This study aims to provide an in-depth insight into the involvement of Local Government Associations (LGAs) in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with focus on national reporting efforts to the UN ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum as set out through the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) submitted by national governments. The study identifies problems LGAs experience when localising SDGs and engaging in the national VNR reporting process. It shows what LGAs can learn from each other, and identifies a number of policy recommendations, notably in respect of engaging with the forthcoming 2019 VNR and its follow-up.

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Beyond 16: The SDGs and the Opportunity to Build a More Peaceful World

Climate Diplomacy (2019) The foreign policy community faces a choice. It can continue to allow unacceptable levels of violence and conflict to undermine individual countries and the global order. Or it can build a new consensus that violence is a preventable epidemic. This would take seriously a growing body of evidence showing what is most likely to work to steer the world back toward global peace, resilient societies, and more sustainable prosperity.

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Local & Regional Governments' Report - Towards the Localisation of the SDGs

UCLG (2019) On the 15th of July 2019, the Global Taskforce organised the Local and Regional Governments’ Day. During this day, the third Local and Regional Governments report to the HLPF, 'Towards the Localisation of the SDGs' was launched. For the third year in a row, UCLG provided a complementary assessment of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). It shows that, once more, less than half of the voluntary countries (19 out of 47) have consulted local and regional governments in preparing the VNR. In the 143 countries assessed by the study, local and regional governments are fully participating or have an advisory role on national coordination in 34% of the countries.

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Public Financial Managment and the Digitalisation of Payments

ODI (2019) The ability of digital payments to deliver better outcomes for governments, businesses, and individuals - including driving financial inclusion - has been one of the success stories of the digital age. Payments are central to how governments transfer and receive financial resources; however, the way such payments are made - and how they could be made more effectively - is often not mainstreamed in public financial management (PFM) despite the fact that many of the direct benefits from effective digitalisation of payments are identical to those traditionally expected from strong PFM systems.The digitalisation of payments does not provide a silver bullet for solving PFM problems; therefore it needs to be approached in an integrated way, with strong leadership from central agencies, including the Ministry of Finance, to exploit the synergies between the many different types of payments facilitated by digital technology. The paper explores the linkages between the digitalisation of payments and PFM, including four case studies.

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A Concise Overview: How EU Member States' National and Regional Programmes Support Local Governments' Development Activities in Partner Countries

VNG & PLATFORMA (2019) This publication dives into the question of how EU Member States stimulate local governments with dedicated funds for decentralised development cooperation. The publication provides an overview of these national and regional funding mechanisms. The study shows in which countries national financing programmes for decentralised development cooperation exist, in which countries local governments can sometimes apply to CSO funding mechanisms, and in which countries there are no programmes that fund decentralised development cooperation.

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Asia's Fiscal Challenge: Financing the Social Protection Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals

ADB (2018) This study of 16 Asian countries found that they have substantial but manageable fiscal challenges in reaching the social protection targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Some of these countries could close the social protection gap through tax-financed, well- targeted, social assistance schemes, universal income transfers, and universal health coverage.

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2019 Report of the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment

OECD & UCLG (2019) The first International Conference of the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment took place in Paris, France (OECD Headquarter) on 17 June 2019. At this event, the ‘2019 World Observatory Report’ has been presented together with the interactive web database of data on subnational government organisation and finance in over 120 countries. The report comes in two parts: one part presenting the key findings and a second part presenting country profiles for 120 countries. Since last year, the DeLoG-Network had the honor to contribute to this extremely important and valuable project and it intends to continue the support to the observatory.

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The Governance Brief: The 'How' of Multistakeholder Engagement

ADB (2019) This governance brief presents a framework 'Negotiating Strategic Change' for effective multistakeholder engagement in support of institutional development. This framework covers stakeholder analysis, political economy context, adaptive leadership, strategic communication, and negotiation.

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