Towards Better Futures for All: For Gender Sensitive Local Governance

VNG International (December 2019) Societies become more resilient when everybody has a voice. Therefore, promoting gender equality enhances sustainable development. Taking this into account, VNG international actively incorporates approaches aimed at securing equal representation of men and women in all five of its fields of expertise. This publication gives reasons why gender sensitive approaches are crucial to the success of local governance.

Empowering Municipalities and Citizens of Ukraine: Selected Insights into U-Lead Contributions

U-LEAD (2019) Ukraine’s decentralisation reform in 2014 has had a great impact on the country’s villages, settlements and towns. Local self-government (LSG) bodies known as amalgamated hromadas (AH) have been provided with new functions and responsibilities to better address their citizen’s need, thus strengthening the role of municipalities and cities. This publication provides illustrative information concerning this new approach to local self-governance and demonstrates that Ukraine’s decentralisation reform touches upon all aspects of everyday life, from sustainable mobility, local business development, recycling, energy efficiency to sustainable energy.

Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III: Opportunities for a successful New Urban Agenda

Cities Alliance (2015) The third discussion paper aims to facilitate the dialogue about the main requirements for the New Urban Agenda. It consists of conclusions and discussions during two workshops which were organised by Cities Alliance and the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme (JWP) in 2015. The output from the discussions and the input papers are intended to refine the framework for the needed contents of the New Urban Agenda and to identify potential links between the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. The discussion paper was prepared together with adelphi and Urban Catalyst.

Lives in Crises: What Do People Tell Us About the Humanitarian Aid They Receive?

OECD (2019) Following the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, the OECD began to question the quality and effectiveness of its development approaches in crisis settings. In order to improve their methods, they partnered with the organization Ground Truth Solutions to determine aid recipient’s perception of humanitarian aid. The survey was conducted with interviewees from six different countries (Iraq, Somalia, Uganda, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Haiti) who had experienced different types of crises and tailored aid responses. The results of the survey are summarized in ‘Lives in Crises: What Do People Tell Us About the Humanitarian Aid They Receive?’.

Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

ODI (2018) Published in 2018 by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), this publication consists of 12 individual policy briefings that examine the relationship between migration and other key development trends and objectives. Each chapter focusses on one core topic and carves out the link between migration and poverty or urbanization or gender equality, among others. Based on the conducted research five main conclusions are drawn. They are summarized in the overview.

Evaluating Sustainable Development: How the 2030 Agenda Can Help

IIED (2019) Issued in July 2019 by the International Institute of Environment and Development this briefing highlights interesting aspects concerning the underlying principles of the 2030 Agenda and makes suggestions on how these principles can be used to develop a new framework for a more effective evaluation of Sustainable Development projects. Special attention is paid to how well national policies, programmes and projects complement each other; the value of the goals in stimulating policy-oriented learning from evaluation; and how aspects of the Agenda can be integrated into evaluation criteria and questions.

The 2019 Global Progress Report

OECD, UNDP 2019 The Global Partnership concluded its third monitoring round in 2019. Evidence on advances made in implementing effective development cooperation commitments at the country, regional and global level was provided by 86 partner countries and territories, in collaboration with more than 100 development partners. The results are summarized in the 2019 Global Progress Report. The report is organised in three parts: Parts I and II - released in advance of the Senior-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership - consider how partner countries are putting in place the building blocks for an effective, whole-of-society development effort and how such country-led efforts are supported by development partners. Informed by the discussions at the Senior-Level Meeting, Part III reflects views of Global Partnership stakeholders on the evidence presented in Parts I and II as well as key messages to further shape the future of the monitoring exercise and effectiveness efforts.

Resilient Cities, Thriving Cities: The Evolution of Urban Resilience

ICLEI (2019) ICLEI’s report on ‘Resilient Cities, Thriving Cities: The Evolution of Urban Resilience’ draws on data collected by the Resilient Cities Congress series over the last ten years in order to track the evolution of the global resilience debate. It assesses a variety of resilience approaches implemented by cities and other main players in the field of urban resilience and appraises the current state of resilient cities. The report addresses political leaders, practitioners, funders and representatives of the international community and civil society to provide guidance on urban resilience.

Linking Social Protection and Water Security to Empower Women and Girls

ODI (2019) Issued in November 2019 by ODI and UKAID, this working paper draws attention to the gendered dimensions of water security and explores the linkages between the social protection, water and gender sector. The impact of global trends such as urbanization and climate change on all three sectors are equally considered. The authors conclude that cross-sectoral understanding and action is necessary to generate more sustainable improvements in each sector and help lay the foundations for broader empowerment gains.

Climate Crisis Planning: A Toolkit for Building Local Urban Resilience

IIED (2019) Together with the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Thammasat University (APTU), the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) has produced a toolkit on building local urban resilience towards climate crises. The toolkit was created and tested in Bangkok and consists of three elements: (1) agreeing on a common understanding of climate crisis; (2) taking stock of neighborhood assets; (3) jointly developing strategies for adaption. By incorporating visual elements such as maps, cards and pictograms the toolkit aims to be more user friendly.