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Session 1.5The evolving international development            policy context  Implications for DLG practitioners           ...
Busan outcome documentFrom government ownership, to country and  democratic ownership; from mutual  accountability to dome...
What does Busan mean for DLG support in practice?
Ownership and DLGOwnership of                  BUT are developmentdecentralization reform       partners….needs to be anch...
Use of country systems by default, also at local level, even when they are not yet optimal  On planning: programme object...
Results and support to DLG                               Are DP ready to:①  The principle of managing                     ...
The results chain
Inclusive partnerships for  development at the local levelLocal governments can            But are LG reallyplay an import...
Focusing on transparency and accountability at the local levelLocal level accountability                •  Is DP supportco...
EU Agenda for change①  Improve impact by  a)  targeting aid where highest impact can be achieved      (differentiated aid ...
Yet, many questions:FOCUS ON GOVERNANCE•  Implications of the stronger focus on “fundamental values”?•  A greater focus on...
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Presentation on key policy changes and resulting implications challenges for the decentralisation & local governance agenda by ecdpm

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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 on key policy changes and resulting implications challenges for the decentralisation & local governance agenda by ecdpm

  1. 1. Session 1.5The evolving international development policy context Implications for DLG practitioners EC advanced seminar on support to decentralisation and local governance Presentation by ECDPM
  2. 2. Busan outcome documentFrom government ownership, to country and democratic ownership; from mutual accountability to domestic accountability①  Ownership of development priorities by developing countries (with use of country systems as default approach)②  Focus on results (with joint risk management and country-led frameworks)③  Inclusive development partnerships④  Transparency and accountability
  3. 3. What does Busan mean for DLG support in practice?
  4. 4. Ownership and DLGOwnership of BUT are developmentdecentralization reform partners….needs to be anchored at the • Ready to foster partner-ledcentral government level change and facilitate multi-(policy alignment), but actor dialogue processes? • Well equipped to do this? AreSub-national governments the right incentives in placeneed to be substantively • How will the focus oninvolved in national “fundamental values” affectdevelopment vision and budget support operations?planning democratic ownershipand multi-actors dialogue
  5. 5. Use of country systems by default, also at local level, even when they are not yet optimal  On planning: programme objectives and results are included in the planning documents at sector and sub-national levels;  On budget: funding is included in medium term expenditure framework and state budget;  On national treasure: sub-national authorities access funds through national PFM system;  On procedures: works, supplies, service procurement, and grant procedures follow sub-national government procedures;  On accounting: funding is recorded and accounted in government accounting systems. Treasury validates payments requested by LAs.  On audit: programme funding is audited by government auditing system.
  6. 6. Results and support to DLG Are DP ready to:①  The principle of managing •  Reconcile results agenda for results has led to an with country ownership? excessive focus on quick outputs •  Challenge assumption that development results②  Short term results may are predictable, not be compatible with measurable in engaging in long-term quantitative terms and development processes attributable?③  Difficult to attribute •  Shift from macro results affected by aggregate focus of results multiple influences to to a localised perspective? specific DLG reforms •  Go beyond a desire to “plant a flag”?
  7. 7. The results chain
  8. 8. Inclusive partnerships for development at the local levelLocal governments can But are LG reallyplay an important role:-  Nurturing local coalitions equipped to do for LED this?-  Attracting investors (tax breaks, land, advisory systems…) How can-  Partnerships with local development business community-  Providing reliable services partners support for business (water, roads, them? electricity…)-  Etc….
  9. 9. Focusing on transparency and accountability at the local levelLocal level accountability •  Is DP supportcomes in three dimensions: strengthening①  Officials to citizens (local elections) interaction between②  Civil servants to (elected) state and society at LG the local level?③  Instruments of voice and accountability: •  Transparency in managing public •  Are DPs focusing on affairs both supply and •  •  Participatory budgeting Community based monitoring demand sides? and advocacy •  Report cards •  Municipal vigilance committees
  10. 10. EU Agenda for change①  Improve impact by a)  targeting aid where highest impact can be achieved (differentiated aid allocation) b)  Focusing on two priority areas: GOVERNANCE and INCLUSIVE GROWTH – key role of LG②  Ensure best value for money, in a context of financial disarray – “do more with less” •  by promoting coordinated EU action and •  improving PCD③  EU to strengthen links with local authorities and mobilise their expertise •  LG are part and parcel of national policy processes •  EU to promote LG integration in domestic policy processes by creating space, empowering LG Associations…
  11. 11. Yet, many questions:FOCUS ON GOVERNANCE•  Implications of the stronger focus on “fundamental values”?•  A greater focus on political and policy dialogue, but how will they be articulated in practice?DO MORE WITH LESS … OR BETTER WITH LESS?•  Is the EU ready to shift focus from outputs to outcomes?TAKE JOINT EU ACTION FURTHER•  Are current disincentives and constraints being addressed?•  Are DP ready to establishing coordination frameworks at local level to enhance harmonisation and alignment of DPs to public sector reform processes, including decentralisation? Is the local level integrated in national coordination frameworks?•  Joint programming? And joint implementation?

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