DeLoG's Strategic Vision 2024: Strengthening Local Governance for a Sustainable Future

The Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) convened a strategic meeting to chart its course for the coming years. The network, committed to enhancing the effectiveness of decentralization and local governance initiat

The Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) convened a strategic meeting to chart its course for the coming years. The network, committed to enhancing the effectiveness of decentralization and local governance initiatives, set its sights on aligning with global agendas, bolstering its Working Groups, and securing a stable financial foundation.

Key priorities include active participation in the Summit for the Future 2024 and the fourth international conference on financing for development (4FfD) in 2025. DeLoG also aims to foster thought leadership and partnerships within its Working Groups, ensuring their involvement in relevant global discussions.

The meeting also highlighted the successful transition of the DeLoG Secretariat from GIZ to UNCDF and the continuation of its initiatives, such as regular network meetings, DeLoG in Dialogue conversations, Local Heroes interviews, and the Newsletter.

Looking ahead, the CIB/DeLoG annual meeting in Barcelona from May 27-30, 2024, will provide a platform for exploring critical themes, including democracy, post-conflict reconstruction, crisis fragility, and democratic resilience. The network also discussed the potential formation of a fourth working group dedicated to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.

As DeLoG moves forward with its strategic vision, the network remains committed to strengthening local governance, promoting sustainable development, and driving positive change in communities worldwide.

Local governments and communities are key in planning inclusive and safe settlements. This year’s Urban October will focus on growing inequalities and challenges in cities.

LPSA, the World Bank and DeLoG will host a webinar on the subnational dimension of public sector governance. Leading researchers will present their work, followed by a discussion on how governance indicators and policy debates are connected.

In times of crisis, effective policies at the local level are key. This OECD programme paper discusses policies in response to recessions, natural disasters, and megatrends, demonstrating the importance of local government and administration.

UNDP launched a new plan to accelerate progress on gender equality and to support the empowerment of women.

To achieve the 2030 Agenda, democracy must be supported at the local level. The research by ICLD shows that democratic participation is still not available to all of society. The report advocates for policy interventions that improve the inclusion…

For the second session of our DeLoG in DiaLoGue series, we invited Jelena Janevska, Program Director of NALAS, to speak on their effort to promote women in local governments.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected public service delivery, putting additional stress on city governments around the globe. Local leadership and multilevel governance systems are ill equipped to respond to the new reality.

The Compendium of GRB best practices, collected by NALAS gender associates, encompasses 17 best practices from 9 economies of the region related to the areas of gender participation, women’s economic empowerment and gender-based violence.

Mkhululi Ncube and Amadou Sy from UNCDF share highlights of a success story in Somalia where the Local Development Fund (LDF) improved fiscal decentralisation over the last fifteen years.

This year WUF11, focusing on “Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future”, was held as a hybrid event by UN-Habitat, the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, and the Municipal Office of Katowice.