28 May, 15-17h (CET)West Africa | Coordinated by Melina Papageorgiou
14 May, 14.30-16h (CET)Western Balkans & Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia | Coordinated by Sascha Müller
12 May, 16-17.30Latin America DALC | Coordinated by Alexander Widmer (en español) |
7 May, 12-13.30h (CET)Eastern & Southern Africa | Coordinated by Annonciate Ndikumasabo |
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Lall (LOGIN) | Powerpoint
29 June, 10.30-12h (CET)Central Asia. Afghanistan, Mongolia | Coordinated by Ursula Keller | PowerPoint
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Governments are adjusting and handling legal and financial challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of their citizens. A big challenge for municipalities has been to shift to online working modalities. The amount of change and adaptation may seem a lot. Yet, as the experience of Bashki të Forta (BtF), a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shows municipalities in Albania are adapting to the ever-changing situation to provide services. The project has facilitated municipalities to strengthen or introduce new ways of working and oversight. This has contributed to increasing transparency towards citizens and improving coordination for effecting actions. Adaptations, and the learning from the process, offer the opportunity to lay the foundation for improved service delivery well beyond the pandemic.
Report on a functional government in response to the COVID-19 challenge in cooperation with local communities.
The current crisis highlights the relevance of the thematic approach in the Western Balkan (governance, economic development and employment, health, urban infrastructure and energy) as well as the migration partnerships.
The document is only accessible to DDLGN members.
SDC Ukraine and its partners share with us their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another insightful document is the Joint messages on democratic governance and COVID-19, developed by the OECD DAC Governance network to raise awareness among both governments and donors. A major conclusion is that both well-intentioned and opportunistic policy measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis may have negative effects on the quality of governance and SDG 16 outcomes. The joint messages can be a useful guide for your dialogue with your partners.
With a huge influx of cash flows and medical supply
shortages, humanitarian emergencies create fertile
ground for fraud and corruption. Corruption in humanitarian assistance results in a reduced quantity and quality of aid reaching the targeted beneficiaries, and, as a result, may potentially prolong humanitarian crises. In addition to the direct costs, there are non-financial forms of corruption that affect humanitarian relief efforts, such as nepotism and cronyism, sextortion, favouritism and political interference in aid distribution.
International IDEA provides our analysis and commentary on COVID-19 and Democracy, and information on how our democratic rights are affected during health crises and other large-scale and life-threatening emergencies.
Responses to the Corona Crisis in the Western Balkans, Croatia and Slovenia (Report 1)
The coronavirus pandemic is not just changing how we live and work – it is also changing who has power and how they can use it.
A toolkit for member states
The enormity of the situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic invites – or rather forces – us to reflect on the nature and effectiveness of our systems of governance. And not just of health systems, but more broadly the governance of our very complex societies and their transnational flows.
Development aid is needed to counter the crisis; it must be safeguarded from corruption. Click on the Basic guide below for an overview of how corruption and the coronavirus pandemic are connected, and how development actors can leverage their aid and build corruption risk mitigation into their response in order to prevent further damage to societies.
The COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affects civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws.
This document provides an overview of human rights concerns posed by the coronavirus outbreak, drawing on examples of government responses to date, and recommends ways governments and other actors can respect human rights in their response.
COVID-19 and media freedom – guidance based on the Council of Europe standards
This factsheet identifies some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. It analyses a sample of 225 pieces of misinformation rated false or misleading by fact-checkers and published in English between January and the end of March 2020, drawn from a collection of fact-checks maintained by First Draft.
Monitoring human rights developments in the Euro-Mediterranean during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Newsletter
SDC ShareWeb on Poverty - Wellbeing
The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.
What evidence exists regarding the secondary impacts of response and control measures to major disease outbreaks (e.g. SARS/H1N1/MERS/Ebola etc) in low- and middle-income countries with weak health systems or in pre-existing crises?
Rohingya and the COVID-19
The novelist Arundhati Roy on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next
From a governance perspective the response to the economic and financial crisis are critical. The crisis shows the importance of a well-functioning public sector able to manage the response. Local governments are particularly challenged in this regard. In this section you find resources that address different aspects of public policies and local governance in response to COVID-19.
This is a moment of peak uncertainty for governments, civil society and citizens. Facing a unique challenge from the coronavirus, new policies and approaches are being tested in real-time.
Local and regional governments are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. But beyond this commitment, it is clear that the pandemic will have an impact on local and regional authorities, particularly in financial terms. A model assesses the impact of the pandemic on the financial resources and capital expenditure of local and regional governments.
Les collectivités territoriales sont sur la ligne de front de la lutte contre le COVID-19. Mais au-delà de cet engagement, il est évident que la pandémie aura un impact sur les collectivités territoriales, particulièrement sur le plan financier. Un modèle évalue l’impact de la pandémie sur les ressources financières et les dépenses d’investissement des collectivités territoriales.
Covid has put Governance at the heart of debates on Development, but how has it changed the questions we ask?
What are the impacts and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives and our societies – and what are some of the solutions we can find to boost our healthcare systems, secure our businesses, maintain our jobs and education, and stabilise financial markets and economies?
Joint Statement by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE - Guidance Note for Immediate Action
This policy tracker summarizes the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unprecedented health and economic crisis developing countries are facing will aggravate existing development challenges. While governments have started to respond, their capacity is tightly constrained. OECD governments and the broader international community need to unlock ambitious support, to prevent the loss of lives, contain the risk of aftershocks, and invest in sustainable recovery.
UCLG, Metropolis and UN-Habitat have launched a live learning experience with local and regional governments which, through solidarity and political will, are pushing more than ever to fulfill their critical role. They are working to carry out an affordable and fair service delivery, fostering the preservation of the commons, and promoting human rights.
Decentralisation and Local Governance Network