Course: Decentralization, Local Governance, and Localizing Sustainable Development Goals

When: 7 September - 26 October 2020

Where: Online

Apply by: 15 August 2020

Short Background/ Rationale:

Five years after the global endorsement of Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is widespread consensus that the involvement of sub-national levels of governments is critically important for their achievement. However, there is still a considerable lack of knowledge on how to localize the SDGs, and how the existing political, legal, fiscal and administrative framework for sub-national governments influences the space in which sub-national governments (SNGs) can effectively contribute to achieving the SDGs

Purpose of this e-Course: What will the participants learn? What are the learning outcomes?

Organized by the Asian Development Bank, this course aims to scale up the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the participants on conceptual and implementation issues of decentralization and local governance reforms, and their linkages with the 2030 Agenda and the discourse on Localizing SDGs.

Learning Objectives

The potential learning benefits of the course include

• Understanding basic concepts of decentralization and local governance (such as the different dimensions and modalities of decentralization

• Greater awareness of the implementation challenges of DLG reforms (such as vertical and horizontal coordination, the linking of functions and resources in service sectors, the creation of adequate fiscal decentralization frameworks, and adequate monitoring and evaluation of DLG reforms)

• Familiarization with the policy linkages between the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, the Localizing SDG discourse, and the legal and fiscal framework for sub-national governments

• Awareness how to introduce Localizing SDG approaches into ADB operations and to advice DMC governments on Localizing SDG approaches.

How long is it?

Each module will require approximately 2-3 hours of learning time, depending on the individual participant’s previous knowledge and level of engagement. Together with the essay writing and the webinar, it is estimated that the course will require a learning time of approximately 30 hours.

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