Session 1.5   Key findings from the Thematic Evaluation of ECsupport to decentralisation            EC advanced seminar on...
    Period covered:     2000-2009;    Desk phase (22     countries);    Field visits (10     countries).
Coverage of selected country cases
If you want to know the details…      Evaluation report;      The minutes of the Seminar;      Full length versions of ...
Evaluation questions
Conclusions & Recommendations
Policy Framework •  EU policy framework developed in a           •  Clarify and strengthen the EU’s    positive manner but...
Response to specific country context•    Alignment of EC support with partners             •  Deepen country analyses – in...
Strategic focus•  EC support for decentralisation has been most successful           •  Prioritise EU support for IGFT and...
Operational management •  EC specialist expertise in        •  Strengthen EU staff    decentralisation reform is very     ...
Follow up…….     Context has changed     Shift towards a      more POLITICAL APPROACH TO      DEVELOPMENT;     DG DEVCO,...
Context has changed (3)…..  Accra, Busan,            Shift towards a more   Agenda for             POLITICAL APPROACH    C...
DEVCO D2 Unit: Connecting Policy Making-Quality         Support and Management of thematic lineObjective:                 ...
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Advanced EC seminar on decentralisation and local governance
European Commission EuropeAid
2-5 July 2012, Brussels
The seminar reviewed the country context and the evolving international development framework and considered how to manage the political dimensions of decentralisation. It also looked at using decentralisation as a trigger to foster better development outcomes and governance and what all this means for future EU engagement in decentralisation and local governance. Jean Bossuyt, ECDPM, was the lead facilitator of this meeting. Alisa Herrero, ECDPM, was also one of the experts facilitating this seminar.

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Presentation of the key findings from the thematic evaluation of ec support to decentralisation by jorge rodriguez (d2)

  1. 1. Session 1.5 Key findings from the Thematic Evaluation of ECsupport to decentralisation EC advanced seminar onsupport to decentralisation and local governance Presentation by Jorge Rodriguez, DEVCO D2
  2. 2.   Period covered: 2000-2009;  Desk phase (22 countries);  Field visits (10 countries).
  3. 3. Coverage of selected country cases
  4. 4. If you want to know the details…   Evaluation report;   The minutes of the Seminar;   Full length versions of some video interviews http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/ article/perspectives-evaluation-ec- support-decentralisation-processes
  5. 5. Evaluation questions
  6. 6. Conclusions & Recommendations
  7. 7. Policy Framework •  EU policy framework developed in a •  Clarify and strengthen the EU’s positive manner but needs to underpin the global role in support to framework with operational guidelines and decentralisation by clearly anchoring strategic interventions that plainly embed that support within partner countries’ support for decentralization within wider public sector reform agenda, broader public sector reform by acting proactively, and by clarifying approaches. the comparative advantages of the EU. •  The EU has a unique but unrealised potential for global support to •  Develop and disseminate operational decentralisation, working locally, guidance (Fiscal decentralization, worldwide, supporting international Political economy…) networks and building on global experiences.
  8. 8. Response to specific country context•  Alignment of EC support with partners •  Deepen country analyses – including of the countries policies and priorities; “politics of reform”;•  the EC has not yet gained sufficient insight •  Deepen country dialogue beyond the into the “politics of reform”; relevant lead ministry;•  The EC has been most successful in countries •  Strengthen capacities of local actors to at the very initial stages of reform processes; analyse and influence reform processes•  EC support for decentralisation reforms has •  Encourage partner countries efforts for contributed to improved local service delivery comprehensive reform strategies; but less to improvements in the quality of •  Identify relevant entry points for country services; EC support:•  The EC has been relatively active in supporting •  Strengthen qualitative aspects of local institutional arrangements for decentralisation government service delivery in EU support reform support co-ordination. However, these for decentralisation reforms are yet to be fully partner-led.
  9. 9. Strategic focus•  EC support for decentralisation has been most successful •  Prioritise EU support for IGFT and LG fiscal when provided through national joint government-DP reforms. assisted programmes •  Strengthen efforts for donor harmonisation•  EC support through GBS and to various sectors (e.g. health, in support of decentralisation in partner education) is supporting wider decentralisation reforms in countries and globally. only a very limited way •  Strengthen partner countries’ monitoring of•  EC support for decentralisation reforms typically target only decentralisation reforms: selected areas of reform, yet it is important to ensure that all •  Policy progress: relevant areas of the decentralisation reform agenda •  Capacities at LG level: progress in a balanced way •  Service delivery results;•  EC support for the bottom-up demand for accountability has •  Governance outcomes: citizen rarely been linked with wider systemic decentralisation participation, accountability reforms; transparency,, etc.•  Reforms of Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer (IGFT) •  Use of peer review mechanisms and systems have, in general, proved successful entry points support relevant international databases both for systemic reform of how LGs are financed and as ways of capacity building and supporting immediate improvements of LG services.
  10. 10. Operational management •  EC specialist expertise in •  Strengthen EU staff decentralisation reform is very expertise on low compared to expertise in decentralisation reforms. other development •  Strengthen EU organisations; monitoring and •  EC’s monitoring of its support evaluation of for decentralisation has been decentralisation support. weak.
  11. 11. Follow up…….   Context has changed Shift towards a more POLITICAL APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT;   DG DEVCO, merging Europe Aid and DG DEV to ensure :   quality in the delivery of cooperation policies and programmes;   policy-making responds better to field realities, and that ambitious EU policies are effectively implemented in the field
  12. 12. Context has changed (3)….. Accra, Busan, Shift towards a more Agenda for POLITICAL APPROACH Change… TO DEVELOPMENT Underpin Donor interventions by solid and on-going context analysis of the Political economy of partners countries; CHALLENGES Use PEA insights to navigate trough implementation; Policy Dialogue: Tool to ensure country ownership & domestic accountability Diving in unclear waters?
  13. 13. DEVCO D2 Unit: Connecting Policy Making-Quality Support and Management of thematic lineObjective: Objective:Ensure follow up & Translate Busan &feed international AfC principles intodonor debates practice in day-to-regarding LA: day work of EUDs:•  Coordination Policy Formulation Quality Support •  Support to activities with MS decentralization; and international •  Integration of donors; decentralization as•  Strategic relations a mainstreamed with competent issue in sector/BS DEVCO Units; support operations•  Communication on Local Authorities LA Objective: Strategic relations & support with/to LA & ALA: •  Management thematic line; •  Policy Forum; •  Decentralized cooperation…
  14. 14. Thank you!

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