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​​Fiscal decentralisation made effective – concepts, challenges and solutions

3 - 6 December 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland

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From the 3rd to the 6th December 2018, a course on Fiscal Decentralization took place in Lucerne, in collaboration the University of Applied Sciences of Lucerne as well as the Institute for Development Studies. The participants came from all over the world to learn together on this important issue: Albania, Bangladesh, Georgia, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia, and Tanzania. One of the highlights was the meeting with the charismatic and humble Mayor of Udligenswil, a small municipality near Lucerne, as well as the discussions with the federal officers responsible for the Swiss fiscal equalization system. ​​​​

 Documents - Day 1

 Documents - Day 2

 Documents - Day 3

 Field visits

 Programme and literature

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    Assignment for course participants

    "Fiscal decentralisation realities in participant’s countries" - Assignment for participants

    Further Reading Document
    SDC
    2018
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    Bibliographie

    Further Readings Fiscal decentralisation course

    Further Reading Document
    SDC
    2018
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    Course Evaluation Form

    Short course participant evaluation questionnaire

    Further Reading Document
    SDC, IDS, Hochschule Luzern
    2018
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    Detailed program_course Fisical Decentralisation

    Fiscal decentralisation made effective - List of participants and detailed program

    Further Reading Document
    SDC, IDS, Hochschule Luzern
    2018
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    Performance-based Grant Systems

    This publication shares the experiences of UNCDF and others in designing and implementing performance-based grants. The piloting of performance-based grant systems demonstrates how local catalytic capital can be deployed to bring about real improvements in local development and poverty reduction by encouraging local governments to improve their capacity and focus on results.

    Further Reading Document
    UNCDF
    2019
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    Sponsoring a Race to the Top

    This paper presents conceptual and practical underpinnings of grant designs that could further simplicity, objectivity, and local autonomy objectives while furthering citizen-centric results-based accountability. The paper further highlights a few notable recent initiatives in both industrial and developing countries that embrace such directions for reform. The paper concludes that results-based intergovernmental finance offers significant potential to minimize tradeoffs between local autonomy and accountability while furthering access to merit goods.

    Further Reading Document
    The World Bank
    2019
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    Suggested Literature as preparation

    Suggested Literature for Fiscal decentralisation course

    Further Reading Document
    SDC
    2018



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