Recording of DeLoG's Webinar: World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG WOFI) Now Available

On 28th November 2019 DeLoG conducted a webinar on Local Finance, focussing on the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment.

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On 17th of June 2019, the first International Conference of the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG WOFI) took place in Paris. The Observatory is a joint initiative of the OECD and UCLG.

On the occasion of the conference, OECD and UCLG launched the '2019 World Observatory Report'. The report provides systematised information on decentralisation processes, territorial reforms, the powers and responsibilities of subnational governments, and the nature and weight of their income, expenditure and investment.

Isabelle Chatry, OECD Senior Policy Analyst
Serge Allou, UCLG Special Advisor

Sebastian Bartsch, Senior Policy Analyst

About the Speakers:
Isabelle Chatry is Senior Policy Analyst in the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities.
Her current work focuses on multi-level governance, decentralisation and subnational public finance. She is the main author of the OECD (2017) 'Multi-level governance reforms: overview of OECD country experiences' and co-author of 'making Decentralisation Work: a handbook for Policy Makers'. She has coordinated the work on OECD/UCLG 2016 'Subnational Governments around the world: structure and finance' and OECD/UCLG 2019 World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG-WOFI). She also publishes the annual OECD statistical booklet 'Subnational governments in OECD countries: key data' and 'Key Data on Local and regional Governments in the EU'. 
Prior to joining the OECD, Isabelle worked at Dexia Crédit Local’s Research department where she was in charge of the division covering European and international subnational government sector analysis. In particularly, she coordinated the book Dexia 2008 'Subnational governments in the EU: organisation, responsibilities and finance' and was in charge of the annual Dexia Economic Oultlook 'Subnational finance in the EU'. From 1991 to 2006, Isabelle was consultant and research officer with the Caisse des Dépôts and Crédit Local de France.
Graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay-Saint Cloud, Isabelle holds an 'agrégation' in geography.

Serge Allou
Serge Allou is seconded to UCLG World Secretariat by Expertise France on behalf of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Within the Secretariat, his primary responsibilities include the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment and the implementation of a renewed UCLG Strategy on Local Finance.
He started working for French Development Research institutions (IRD and IFEA) as an Urban researcher in Ecuador and Peru, based in local NGOs (Ciudad in Ecuador and Cidap in Peru), where he stayed four years.  Upon his return to France he joined GRET, a French international development NGO, where he launched and managed the Habitat Solidarity Programme, which is aimed at building operational partnerships and projects between French cities and cities, professionals and NGOs in the South. He was elected and acted as GRET’s Managing Director from 2001 to 2007. He has been an Associate Professor at IFU, the French Institute of Urbanism from 1997 to 2012, in charge of a post graduate certificate called ‘International Expertise - Cities in Development'. Prior to joining UCLG, he worked 6 years as a Lead Urban Specialist with Cities Alliance where he was responsible for Country Programmes and formulating and implementing a Cities Alliance Strategy in Africa.
Serge has a degree in Economics (ESSEC Business School) with a postgraduate Certificate in Sociology (EHESS) and a PhD in Political Studies (University of Paris 9).