Key notes of day 2

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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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Key notes of day 2

  1. 1. Seminar  on  Decentralisa/on  and   Local  Governance   Some  key  messages  from  Day  2  
  2. 2. The  red  thread  of  the  seminar  Day  1,  an  appe*ser   Understanding   Day  3,  the  main  dish:   contexts  and   DGL   Red  thread   dynamics   -­‐public  service  delivery   -­‐ Sector  programmes   Iden/fying  windows   -­‐ Domes/c   of  opportuni/es   accountability     Refining   engagement   strategies   Day  2,    a  starter:   Be>er  managing   Day  4:    the      dessert   the  poli/cs  of   dessert:   DGL   Grand  panel  &   Building  a  common   vision  
  3. 3.    Understanding  the  evolving  poli*cal  agendas   and  mo*va*ons  behind  decentralisa*on  ….      While  detec*ng  the  dynamics  and  actors  that   push  for  decentralisa*on/local  governance  
  4. 4. Small  openings  evolving  over  *me   4  
  5. 5. …  Can  we  create  more  space  for  domes1c   dialogue  and  policies  on  DGL?   5  
  6. 6. PEA  can  be  an  interes*ng  tool  but  many  “how   to”  ques*ons…   6  
  7. 7. PEA  applied  to  decentralisa*on  •  Obstacles  •  Success  condi*ons  •  Most  cri*cal  factors    +      need  for  risk  assessments,  mi*ga*on  and   second-­‐best  op*ons  +      need  to  look  at  produc*ve  resources  (revenue   side)  
  8. 8. If  we  are  serious  about  suppor*ng  domes*c   reform  processes…  we  may  have  to  change  key   elements  of  our  “soAware”…       Adopt  different  *me  perspec*ve       Support  local  agenda-­‐sePng  process       Exit  determinis*c  planning  culture  ex  ante       Review  levels  of  ambi*on  (short  route)       Capacity  to  flexibly  seize  windows  of  opportuni*es       Dialogue  with  all  relevant  actors  (even  if  weak)       BeZer  prepare  and  engage  in  dialogue  processes   (harmonisa*on?)       Reduce  gap  between  field  and  HQ  processes  
  9. 9. Planning  the  future  can  blind  us   9  
  10. 10. It’s  our  turn  to  eat!   10  
  11. 11. Lost  in  a  maze?   11  
  12. 12. GPS   12  

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