The OECD is organising a multi-stakeholder workshop on “Official development assistance extended by local and regional governments, and emerging paradigms in decentralised development co-operation” to be held on 9 June 2017 (9h-18h) in Brussels at the Committee of Regions. The workshop will discuss interim results of the OECD/DevCO ongoing project to review and analyse recent trends, financial flows, actors and mechanisms of decentralised co-operation. Participants will discuss key figures, trends and highlights from an OECD Survey to DAC members (Development Assistance Committee) to take stock of decentralised co-operation evolutions since 2005. In particular, the Survey collected data on the diversity, roles and motivations of DC actors; the geographical and sectoral priorities of DC providers; (co-)financing schemes; multi-level governance challenges and good practices to bridge them; direct and indirect returns; as well as the impact and long-term sustainability of DC
Background on the Project
Time has come to take stock of decades of DC so as to track related financial flows, to learn from what has worked or not, and to suggest ways forward to guide the action of donors, governments and stakeholders in a shared responsibility. The momentum is particularly opportune at a time when the post- crisis fiscal pressure on local and regional governments is severe in many countries, which are required to do more and better with less. There is also a window of opportunity to understand how DC can help localise global commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Agreement, and Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda.
The project started in January and will be carried out throughout the year 2017. It aims to analyse recent trends and evolutions in decentralised co-operation in order to understand emerging paradigms, including in terms of sector and country priorities, and to suggest policy recommendations for effective multi-level governance across central, regional and local governments for what regards their international development cooperation. Data collection relies on 4 OECD Surveys (DAC, Local and Regional Governments, Partner Countries, and Case Study Promoters) and 4/5 case studies at sub-national level. Interim results will be subject to multi-stakeholder consultations during three interim workshops and three webinars. Preliminary results will be disclosed at the 5th Assises of Decentralised Co-operation on 10-11 July 2017 and findings will be published in an OECD report and online database.