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The ddlgn is the SDC thematic network on development issues dealing with decentralisation, democratisation and local governance. It also provides guidance and support on the concepts of political economy and good governance as transversal theme.

For whom

It is a network of practitioners and experts from SDC and its partners, associated experts around the world. The network is coordinated by the ddlgn focal point and thematic unit which is supported by the network's core group members. They represent the SDC's different divisions and importantly contribute to advance the ddlgn learning agenda. Meet our network members HERE.

Mission and mandate

The network aims to further the knowledge and operational, methodological competence of its members in the field of ddlg. This shall contribute to enhancing the thematic quality and effectiveness of SDC and partners programs. It does this through documentation and providing access to relevant knowledge resources, concept development, exchange of experience and peer support, offering training and advisory services. This webpage is the network's online platform and main communication tool.

Our development vision

SDC contributes to the achievement of the sustainable development goals through measures that promote inclusive and responsive, effective and accountable state institutions, strong and active civil society, citizen participation and public oversight, backed by a conducive legal framework and compliance with the rule of law.

Our principles

  • Political engagement
  • Starting from context
  • Applying a systemic perspective and linking operations with policy reforms
  • Principled but adapted approach
  • Engagement with a long-term perspective
  • Particular consideration for gender equality
  • Results orientation
  • Collaborative approach

Get engaged as a member!

If your work centers around our themes and you would like to engage in our discussions, we invite you to register as a DDLGN member. You will get access to our discussion forum and further non-public material. -
How to register:

  1. Register here if you are a holder of a FDFA Smartcard (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs). Register here if you are not affiliated to the FDFA . In the email you will receive, click on the link and fill out your member profile. 
  2. Send us an email: and attach a photograph of yourself so that your profile has a face. We activate your account and send you a confirmation email with a link to your profile picture.
  3. Once you have received our confirmation, you are now able to edit your profile information. Please add the link of your picture to your profile. It is simple, just watch this short video: