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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

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    Why Fiscal Decentralization Theory and Practice Differ

    Fiscal Decentralisation and Beyond: Norms, Linkages and Basic Reform Challenges. SDC/DDLGN Course, 3-6 December 2018, conducted by IDS and HSLU in Lucerne, Switzerland

    Key Reading Document
    SDC/DDLGN, IDS and HSLU in Lucerne, Switzerland
    2018
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    Neglected Challenges and Constraints

    Lecture by Paul Smoke (New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service) on "Fiscal Decentralisation: Neglected Challenges and Constraints"

    Key Reading Document
    SDC/DDLGN, IDS and HSLU in Lucerne, Switzerland
    2018
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    Political Economy of Fiscal Decentralization Reform in Nepal

    Training on Fiscal Decentralization

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2018
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    Political Economy of Fiscal Decentralisation Reform: Bangladesh

    Assignment On Political Economy of Fiscal Decentralisation Reform: Bangladesh Context

    Key Reading Document
    National Institute of Local Government (NILG) Bangladesh
    2019
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    Property Tax Reform in Serbia

    This presentation focuses exclusively on the property tax reform as a part of fiscal decentralisationefforts in Serbia

    Key Reading Document
    2018
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    Strategic Implementation

    Fiscal Decentralisation - Strategically Implementing Decentralisation and Intergovernmental Reform Lecture by Paul Smoke, New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. SDC/DDLGN Course, 3-6 December 2018, conducted by IDS and HSLU in Lucerne, Switzerland

    Key Reading Document
    SDC/DDLGN, IDS and HSLU in Lucerne, Switzerland
    2018
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    Albania - Strategy and organization of decentralization reform

    Strategy and organization of decentralization reform by PhD. Valbona Karakaçi. SDC Project Strong Municpalities implemented from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2018

 Field visits

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    Fiscal Equalization in Switzerland

    Further Reading Document
    Swiss Federal FinanceAdministrationDecember6
    2019
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    Tax Autonomy and Tax Competition

    Tax Autonomy and Tax Competition - A practitioners perspective. By Dr. Peter Mischler, Deputy Secretary, Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Finance. DDLGN course Berne, December 6, 2018

    Further Reading Document
    Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Finance
    2018

 Programme and literature

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    Assignment for course participants

    Further Reading Document
    2018
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    Bibliographie

    Further Reading Document
    2018
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    Course Evaluation Form

    Short course participant evaluation questionnaire

    Further Reading Document
    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

    Further Reading Document
    2019



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