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May 29
DeLoG Webinar "Enabling Local Governments to Tackle the COVID-19 Response and Recovery"

The Secretariat of the Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly invite you to a webinar on:

"Enabling Local Governments to Tackle the COVID-19 Response and Recovery"

The webinar will take place on Wednesday,  03 June 2020, from 03:30 pm – 05:00 pm CEST / 09:30 am – 11:00 am EST.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

Background:

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of fast, effective local action to slow the spread of the virus. The effectiveness of the response to COVID-19 has varied significantly across national territories, which not only reflects differences in the geographical spread of the virus, but also differences in the approaches taken by local governments as first responders. Local governments have faced tremendous challenges in addressing the needs of testing, social distancing and focused treatment which can effectively stop the virus. Some countries neglected the role of local governments in the early response and later publicly acknowledged how costly this neglect has been.

At the same time, local governments while grappling with this health crisis are facing massive economic consequences of the closures and slowdowns resulting in critical needs for social welfare and support while at the same time shrinking local governments revenues for their essential functions and basic service delivery. Being doubly challenged at a time when citizens are increasingly turning to local governments for guidance and assistance requires targeted, timely and effective solutions to get ahead of the curve and manage the response and recovery.

Finance is a critical need for local governments to respond effectively to the pandemic as well as to be able to address long-term recovery needs from the economic impact being experienced in many regions world-wide:

  • Therefore, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is assisting Local Governments in several ways, for example: through the use of existing intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems as a channel for emergency funds; enabling use of Operational Expenditure Block Grants which allow additional funds to be used with greater flexibility by local governments for immediate response measures; supporting local governments in repurposing existing budgets in view of changing priorities and possible disruption of revenues; and collaborating with central banks and institutions to enable effective COVID recovery assistance for local governments, PPPs and small local businesses.
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has also developed a framework of support to local governments focusing on Business Continuity Management (BCM). BCM aims to advise and enable local governments to continue governance functions during this critical period through effective support for participation and citizen engagement in COVID response, digitalisation of government systems to allow governance functions to continue during periods of closure as well as supporting access to finance.

In this webinar, UNCDF and UNDP will present some of their experiences from Uganda and Senegal in assisting local governments at the frontlines of the crisis to respond to the demands placed by the pandemic as well as maintain core government functions. Besides these concrete project examples, a special focus will also be put on inclusion and gender in COVID-19 response and recovery to discuss how local governments can ensure needs of all are addressed.

​Speakers:

  • David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance, UNCDF
  • Amita Gill, Local Governance Specialist, UNDP
  • Tehmina Akhtar, Deputy Director, Local Development Finance, UNCDF
  • Dmitry Pozhidaev, Decentralisation Advisor, Local Development Finance, UNCDF
  • Christel Alvergne, Team Leader, Local Development Finance, UNCDF

    During the webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide live feedback through polls. Questions unanswered during the webinar will be shared with the speakers for written replies. The webinar will be open to the public. Therefore, please feel free to share this invitation with potentially interested partners in your network.

    For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

    The webinar is jointly organised by the DeLoG Secretariat and UNCDF.


 

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