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Jun 05
Webinar: Democracy in the times of Corona

9 June 2020, 9:45 – 11:45 CEST

The Embassy of Sweden in Seoul and International IDEA are co-hosting a webinar on how to protect democracy during the outbreak of COVID-19, sharing examples and experiences from Australia, the Republic of Korea and Sweden. 

​The webinar includes a high level session with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Australia, Korea and Sweden and the Secretary General of International IDEA followed by an expert discussion with professors from the three countries and the IDEA Director for Asia and the Pacific as well as the Swedish Ambassador in Seoul.

 

For attendance to this webinar, please visit the registration page.
 


 

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.


 

May 20
Just released: Open Budget Survey

The main findings of the report are: 

Advances on budget transparency are encouraging but not sufficient to allow for meaningful public dialogue on budget priorities.

Three quarters of the 117 countries surveyed do not have sufficient levels of budget transparency.

Problems associated with a lack of budget transparency are compounded by gaps in oversight by the legislature and supreme audit institutions.

Few countries provide meaningful opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process, which undermines the public's ability to effectively use available budget information.​

Please go and check the information on your country and how you could engage on this topic. ​​

https://www.internationalbudget.org/open-budget-survey/

May 11
Webinar: Pathways for local authorities to deal with protracted urban violence

14th of May 2020 

03:00 pm to 04:30pm CEST

Organizers: DeLoG and VNG International 

Interested? Register here: ​https://www.delog.org/news/details/delog-webinar-with-vng-international-local-authorities-and-the-challenge-of-urban-violence-1

May 04
Support to local service providers affected by the Covid-19 crisis

​Dear all,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy!

Since all of us have to deal with the impact and consequenses of the COVID-19 pandemic on the governance area, I am wondering if any of you has good practices to share on the support to service providers (e.g. water supply, waste collection) in rural municipalities. 

In the framework of our Public Service Improvement project, we are trying to come up with potential support measures to service providers in view of decreasing fee collection and inbaility of local budgets to subsidize them. I would appreciate if you could share your ideas and plans in this area.

Best regards,

Elena

Elena Zakirova (Ms.)
National Program Officer, Governance

 

Swiss Embassy

Swiss Cooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic

 

21 Erkindik boulevard

Bishkek 720040, Kyrgyzstan

Phone + 996 312 301036 (ext. 845382)

Phone: +41 58 48 45382

Fax + 996 312 303677

Cell: + 996 550 106 235

E-mail: elena.zakirova@eda.admin.ch


Apr 22
Webinar on “Democracy Resiliency in times of World Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities"

You are invited to join the Webinar on Friday 24th of April at 4:00 pm CEST on Webex.

 

The Webinar seeks to present the views of the Secretaries-General from the Community of Democracies, International IDEA, and the Organization of American States, regarding responses to the current crisis and democracy resilience.

 

The discussion will center on the value and importance of ensuring accessible and inclusive policies during this crisis while upholding democratic values, like social responsibility, transparency, respect for human rights. 

 

 Attendance requires registration. You can register here


Apr 21
​ Virtual Conflict Sensitivity Course

Dear colleagues

In response to the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, swisspeace has have adapted their continuing education course offer: swisspeace, in collaboration with the University of Basel, offers a 3-day Virtual Conflict Sensitivity Course on 12, 19 & 26 June 2020.

In this course you will:

acquire an understanding of the concept and aim of conflict sensitivity;

learn about practical tools for applying conflict sensitivity in strategic and operational aspects of program management and apply them to concrete practical cases;

discuss best practices and lessons learned with conflict sensitivity practitioners from different contexts;

receive practical support for your own work from swisspeace conflict sensitivity experts;

exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.

Learn more and apply for the Virtual Conflict Sensitivity Course

Applications for the Conflict Sensitivity Course close on 30 April 2020. For further information, please contact academy@swisspeace.ch or visit their website


Apr 14
Factsheet: Types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation

The Reuters Institute analysed misinformation related to COVID-19 in the period January to end of March 2020.

It found that "most (59%) of the misinformation in the sample involves various forms of reconfiguration, where existing and often true information is spun, twisted, recontextualised, or reworked. Less misinformation (38%) was completely fabricated. In terms of claims, [it found that] misleading or false claims about the actions or policies of public authorities, including government and international bodies like the WHO or the UN, are the single largest category of claims identified".

Read the factsheet here:

https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/types-sources-and-claims-covid-19-misinformation

Apr 06
Team Leader – Local Governance Moldova
Skat Consulting Ltd. is looking for an experienced local governance expert and project manager for the function of the Team Leader of the SDC funded project Ma Implic (I get involved) – Civic Engagement in Local Governance in Moldova. The position is based in Chisinau and starts from 01.07.2020.

More information on the project and full TOR of the position: Team-Leader-Ma-Implic

Application: Please send your application by email to Violeta.Zivanovic@skat.ch as soon as possible, latest on 15.05.2020. Please include contact details of reference persons for at least three recent relevant assignments.

Questions can be addressed to Florian.Klingel@skat.ch.

Mar 20
Online training on 'Leave no one behind - Challenges and opportunities of implementation'

27 April to 19 June 2020


Leave no one behind (LNOB) is the underlying principle of the 2030 Agenda. The online training will shed some light on how to target the most vulnerable in our work by applying LNOB in practice. The training was developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ (AIZ).

An interactive learning experience awaits you and your involvement is therefore crucial. Exchange with fellow practitioners, a moderated online forum and assignments will help you to apply LNOB directly in your working environment. International experts will provide input through weekly webinars, answer your questions and share relevant material. The training consists of six modules in form of webinars, which will cover a variety of topics: the concept of LNOB, LNOB lobbying & advocacy, current challenges and entry points, LNOB project planning/ implementation/ monitoring & evaluation, as well as LNOB action planning. Useful tools and instruments will complement the training resources.

You will have the opportunity to work in small groups according to your interests and thematic areas. You are invited to bring in your individual expertise. An online facilitator will accompany you throughout the whole learning experience.
The course is designed and open for international and national GIZ and SDC staff as well as for development practitioners representing bilateral and multilateral donor institutions as well as NGOs or national and local partner institutions.

The total course duration
is 8 weeks and the online training takes place from 27 April to 19 June 2020. 

Costs: Training costs for SDC staff and partners are covered under the contribution of the SDC (Poverty desk) to GIZ.

Registration: the deadline has been extended to the 27 March 2020! Download the registration form.

 
Best wishes, take care and keep healthy !!
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