Jul 16
New courses on "fragile contexts" and "engagning with policy processes"

​The NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation of the ETH Zurich offers two specialized courses: One course on "fragile contexts" (3d) in November 2019 and a course on "engaging with policy processes" (5d) in September/October 2019.

Find further information here:

Jul 15
Adaptive Management - Insights from new research

Look at the presentation of Duncan Green from Oxfam who reserached four Adaptive Management programs in Tanzania, Myanmar, Philippines and Nigeria to get some non-conceptual and more down-to-earth insights into what adaptive management can be. His input is 15 min long, from 1:31:00-1:46:00 in the video.

Jul 03
New Shareweb Site: Socially inclusive and gender responsive budgeting

The learning journey on GRB and SIB was conducted with both SDC thematic network Gender equality and DDLG, with the support of strategic partners, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the backstopping team of HELVETAS Swiss Inter- cooperation (HELVETAS).

The journey ultimately produced a Working paper and a practical guidance sheet on GRB/SIB which has been used and discussed during the last gender F2F.

 You can find these papers and all intermediary products of the learning journey: Literature reviews, stocktaking of SDC projects, synthesis of e-discussion, case studies and summary of the groups works done during the DDLG F2F under the learning journey GERB SIB.

Jun 26
Updates from LOGIN's Knowledge Store: 2019 Report World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment: Key Findings

2019 Report World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment: Key Findings

This synthesis report presents the key findings of the 2019 edition of the World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment. It is based on the country profiles prepared for the World Observatory, which present the main organisational and financial indicators for subnational governments in 121 federal and unitary countries worldwide...Read More

Jun 26
News Letter from International IDEA - Dialogue is at the core of the democratic process

​Featured Publicatons

 Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners 

This handbook provides decision-makers, dialogue promoters and practitioners with a practical guide on how to organize, facilitate and assess dialogue processes. It combines conceptual and practical knowledge and provides practitioners with a repertoire of relevant tools.

 Political Party Dialogue: A Facilitator's Guide

This Guide enables actors to assess the general conditions for political party dialogues; build trust; convene and organize dialogues; set their goals and prepare their agenda; facilitate their smooth evolution through various stages; ensure meaningful results; and foster the implementation of the understandings and agreements reached.

Jun 17
Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course - Basel, 16-18.10.2019
How can we counter fragility and engage in statebuilding? Reflect on fundamentals of global public policy challenges.

swisspeace, in collaboration with the University of Basel, offers a "Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course" in Basel on 16-18 October 2019.

During this course you will:

  • draw lessons from links between concepts of violent conflict, fragility, state- and peacebuilding.
  • understand the foundations of states and the construction of social and political legitimacy.
  • learn about international policy responses to fragile and conflict-affected contexts.
  • reflect on current methodologies proposed by international actors for working successfully in fragile contexts.
  • exchange experience and become part of a community of practice.

Leading experts are contributing to this course:

Interested in participating? The number of participants is limited, so don’t hesitate and apply today.

Applications close on 15 August 2019. For further information, please contact or visit our website.

Feel free to share this information in your network.

Jun 12
Donor Board on Decentralization Reform in Ukraine

The Swiss Cooperation Office Ukraine has played a leading role in the establishment and launching of the Donor Board on Decentralization Reform in Ukraine, which was jointly created by the international donor community and the Government of Ukraine (Ministry for Regional Development) in 2017. This video provides an insight into the process leading to that comprehensive multi-level and multi-sector coordination structure with its common results framework. It summarizes the lessons learned and highlights the tangible results achieved so far to the benefit of a more effective implementation of decentralization and local self-governance reform in Ukraine.

Jun 05
DeLoG Webinar on ‘Local Governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings’

Dear DeLoG members and partners,

we would like to announce DeLoG´s next webinar on 'Local Governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings', which will take place next Friday, 7th June, at 11am (CET). The webinar is part of the tutored e-course on "Enhancing Development Effectiveness for Decentralisation and Local Governance" and will recall what the commonly accepted features of "fragility" are while also underlining the great diversity of fragile contexts.

A presentation will be delivered by Erin Mccandless, a scholar and practitioner with extensive experience working on and in conflict affected settings, broadly on issues of peacebuilding, statebuilding, security, governance, development and resilience – and their intersections. 

The webinar is accessible to all our Partners, Members and interested Persons. It will be conducted in English and is free of charge.

In order to register for the webinar please click here.

The webinar will be recorded and posted on our DeLoG's Website.

Please don't hesitate to contact me for further information.

Jelena Karamatijevic
Secretariat for the Development Partners Network on
Decentralisation & Local Governance (DeLoG)
giz I Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn

T +49 228 4460-3401
M +49 170 9294006
S jelena.karamatijevic

May 29
External review consultants needed for MEG project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dear colleagues,

SDC MEG project (Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is looking for one international expert and one local expert (from BiH) to perform the external review of its first phase (Jun 2016-May 2020), in the period June-July 2019.

The first phase of the MEG project is implemented by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with a total budget of CHF 12 million. It supports citizens in 18 municipalities (total population 850'000 people) in having better services as a result of improved democratic governance and regulatory frameworks in the environmental and economic sectors. The project is enhancing the oversight role of municipal councils and citizens' participation, and is providing a performance-based financial support to municipalities.

The overall MEG goal is that local governments, assigned with appropriate competences and finances, have improved their democratic governance, apply sound public policy and performance management systems and provide public services in an inclusive, effective and efficient manner, particularly those related to the environmental and economic sectors.

More Information about the MEG project can be found at:

The Terms of Reference for the external review will be available in the next week.

I would appreciate if you could send recommendations and information to .

Best regards

Srecko Bajic
Senior Program Officer
Liaison Officer 
Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Liaison Office Banjaluka
Vase Pelagica 15
78000 Banjaluka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel.   +387 51 224 180 / +41 58 484 4456
Fax   +387 51 213 979

May 21
2019 Annual Progress Report on the SDGs

The UN Secretary-General has released the advance, unedited version the annual report on progress towards the SDGs. The report identifies cross-cutting areas where political leadership and urgent, scalable multi-stakeholder action are critical to shift the world onto a trajectory compatible with achieving the SDGs by 2030.

Three actions that are called for in the report are of particular importance from a DDLG perspective:

1) Placing special focus on the most vulnerable to ensure that no one is left behind

2) Strenghtening institutions and making them more inclusive and effective

3) Enhancing local action to accelerate implementation

You can find the report here:

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