Nov 19
Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Course in Basel from 11-13 March 2020

Dear Madam or Sir,
Dear colleagues

Learn how to develop good theories of change and how to make your program more effective in fragile contexts.

swisspeace, in collaboration with the University of Basel, offers a
Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Course in Basel from 11-13 March 2020.

In this course participants will:

  • learn to understand the concepts of theories of change and the basics to work with them.
  • build theories of change on different levels (project, program and organizational level).
  • train your skills with practical exercises.
  • get insights on different uses of theories of change for design, monitoring and evaluation.
  • develop ideas on using theories of change as a tool to foster organizational learning and grapple with complexity.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.

Interested in participating?

Applications close on 15 January 2020. For further information, please contact or visit our website.

Feel free to share this information in your network. Many thanks in advance.
Kind regards
Roland Dittli
Head Analysis & Impact Program

Nov 15
Online Training: Political Economy Analysis

The Policy Practice and ODI announce Political Economy Analysis in Action training 

The training is based on the flagship face-to-face course we have provided over 35 times since 2008 for DFID and other organisations, including the Netherlands Foreign Ministry, Belgian Technical Cooperation, GIZ, Irish Aid, the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, the IMF, the European Commission and UNDP.

By the end of the course, participants will understand:

What political economy analysis is, and where it comes from

How it can be used to improve development policy and programme design and management

What tools and frameworks are available for PEA and how they can be applied

Apply by 9 December 2019

Oct 22
Streaming online: Workshop on Gender Responsive and Socially Inclusive Budgeting

30 October 2019 - Expert Workshop on

Socially inclusive and gender responsive budgeting


Dear colleagues, we are happy to invite you for the online streaming of the Expert Workshop on Socially Inclusive and Gender Responsive Budgeting, organized jointly by seco (Macroeconomic Support Unit) and SDC (Gender and Governance Networks).

The workshop provides a platform to exchange among experts on SIB/GRB policies and practices based on SDC's new Guidance of the topic (see guidance sheet and working paper). The focus is on challenges and opportunities arising when implementing programs in this field, with a particular focus on participative budgeting approaches on local level and its linkages to national level public policies.



Welcome Rosmarie Schlup (seco) & Georgette Bruchez (SDC)


SDC's learnings on GRB and SIB Ursula Keller & Corinne Huser, Focal Points Governance and Gender (SDC)

09:45-10:45 -

"State of play in Gender Responsive Budgeting" Ermira Lubani, GRB Policy Advisor (UN Women)


Coffee break


Practice examples I:

Participatory budgeting and women's participation: Case studies Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan, Sohela Nazeen (IDS) & Jesper Laudridsen (Helvetas)

Experiences on participatory budgeting in devolved county governments, Kenya Anette Omollo (Worldbank)




Gender Indicators in the PEFA system Chantal Bratschi-Kaye (seco)

IMF Gender Budgeting Framework Teresa Rose Curristine, Deputy Division Chief (IMF)



Practice Examples II

The Public Finance for Children Approach (PF4C): Experiences from Practice Examples, Joanne Bosworth (UNICEF)

Gendermainstreaming in Public Policies and Budgets, North Macedonia, Kristina Kolozova (SDC)

Public and Private Investments for Women's Economic Empowerment: Tanzania and Bangladesh, Samina Anwar (UNCDF)

Please do not hesitate to contact Srdan Dragojevic if you would like to take part joining us online through the streaming platform.


Oct 01
8. November: Panel discussion on Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions at the Geneva Peace Week


November, 2019
November – 2019

Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions
8 November, 2019
9:00 – 10:15
Palais des Nations (Room IX), 8 – 14 avenue de la Paix 

The Forum of Federations, International IDEA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will hold a panel discussion during the GENEVA PEACE WEEK on Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions. The panel will discuss how territorial disputes can be settled through constitutional accommodation and how decentralized governance can contribute to consolidating peace, and what challenges and potential pitfalls there are. The presentations will draw on the knowledge and lessons learned through the Forum of Federation’s and IDEA’s multi-year project on the subject.
The event will also test the applicability of the main findings through the project for two specific case studies, the Philippines and Nepal.

Registration – Important information!!
All participants wishing to attend the event have to follow 3 registration steps following the link below:

Sep 30
Contribute to the next edition Water Integrity Global Outlook (WIGO) edition, due in 2021 !

Dear colleagues,

The Water Integrity Network (WIN) is calling all interested water and sanitation sector stakeholders to contribute to the next edition Water Integrity Global Outlook (WIGO) edition, due in 2021.

Please share the message with your contacts/partners/network who might contribute to the upcoming publication (international organizations, government and regulatory agencies, academic and research institutes, service providers, civil society organizations, associations, and others).

The Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 (WIGO 2016) demonstrated a growing recognition of the need for measures to improve integrity and to eliminate corruption to enhance performance in the water and sanitation sector. It emphasized the use of transparency, accountability, participation, and anti-corruption measures (TAPA) to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation. WIGO 2016 also demonstrated the need for stronger data and evidence on the extent and impacts of corruption in the sector to guide the development and implementation of pro-integrity/anti-corruption programs.

WIGO will be established as a regular publication, which will become a medium for collecting and sharing evidence, knowledge, experiences, ideas, policy options, and good practices on improving integrity in the water sector. Each upcoming volume of the WIGO will unpack the concept of water integrity within the context of new selected theme. The next WIGO, focusing on integrity in urban water and sanitation, will be published in 2021. WIN is looking to collaborate on new research, case studies, and data collection initiatives on corruption and integrity in urban water and sanitation.

Contributions should show:

  • Data, information and/or research on corrupt practices in urban water and sanitation and on the financial and socio-economic costs
  • Cases and testimonies on how organizations, governments, private sector, civil society or other actors are acting to prevent or take action against corruption and improve integrity in service delivery in urban areas (cities, peri-urban areas and informal settlements)
  • Publications and material on water integrity, urban anti-corruption work or urban water governance, references to relevant literature
  • Suggestions on other individuals/organizations WIN could contact for further information

Please find attached to this email a document with further information on WIGO 2021, guidelines on what kind of contributions are we seeking and how to share them with us or engage with us. We invite you to read it and write back to WIN by Wednesday, October 16th, 2019.   Virginia Roaf.

Sep 25
ToRs to facilitate the process of Evaluation of the Territorial Water Governance Program in the Gulf of Fonseca Region 13

We are looking for consultants in the South & Central America region!

Please forward to interested consultants and persons with experience in water governance in Central America:


Consultoría Facilitación Técnica de la Evaluación del Programa de Gobernanza Hídrica   Territorial en la Región 13 Golfo de Fonseca.


Oficina de Cooperación Suiza en Honduras

Sep 19
The Political Economy of Local Economic Development

Together with the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia, DDLG has engaged in a study on the governance aspects of supporting local economic development in the country.

If you are intersted in what the main issues and aspects of the political economy in this case are, you find the study under this link:

Sep 19
Remote Monitoring

Are you working in an environment where you can not always visit programs or partners in person, because the context is challenging and you need to refer to other methdos of monitoring and steering?

Then this publication from IDS that DDLG has mandated together with Quality Assurance and Humanitarian Aid might interest you:

Remote Monitoring in SDC - challenges and opportunities (Summary) 

of course, there is also a longer version



Sep 12
We are looking for an international expert!

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is looking for an international expert (team leader) to conduct an in-depth assessment of the relevance of the Swiss interventions in supporting local governments and related reforms in BiH. 

Based on this assessment, a concept note on the options should be elaborated for the future engagement of Switzerland in local governance in the country. For this task, the Embassy of Switzerland will hire a team of two persons, an international expert (team leader) and a national expert (consultant).  

Mandate duration for the team leader: a total of maximum 20 working days between 01.10.2019 and 15.11.2019.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference.

We are looking for interested candidates, or names of experts that you could recommend to us. 

If you are interested, please send your expression of interest, including your CV and daily consultancy fee to:, with cc. to and

Deadline: 20.09.2019

Based on the received applications, the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina will conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. 

Sep 11
Report to the HLPF on Localizing the SDGs

We are pleased to post The Global Alliance Report on SDG16+.
And below information from Edgardo Bilsk.

Best regards,

DDLG Thematic Unit


Dear members and partners,

Thank you very much for your cooperation in the process of reporting to the UN High Level Political Forum on SDGs, for the first time, from the perspective of local and regional governments

Over 30 national associations of local and regional government have contributed to this report and a total of 63 Voluntary national Review have been analyzed to assess the involvement of local and regional governments in the process of localizing the SDGs. With your support, UCLG has facilitated the report for the Global taskforce on the National and sub-national governments on the way towards the localization of the SDGs. It’s our privilege to share it with you. It showcases your crucial role in mobilizing LRGs in addition to raising awareness of national governments in doing so.

> In 37 countries, local and regional government are mentioned as having taken part in the consultation process.

> In 27 countries, local and regional government are included in high-level coordination or consultation mechanism to ensure the implementation and follow-up.

The report raises challenging issues on the extent to which sub-national governments are granted with the means of implementing to localize the SDGs.

>In 19 countries, decentralization or devolution is singled out as crucial in the implementation of SDGs and 11 more referred to the need to strengthen local governance.

>In 25 countries, concrete progress in aligning the SDGs in local plans and actions have been implemented, even though top-down approaches are still dominant in some countries.

During the following two weeks, the report will be presented in several occasion by the delegation of Local and regional governments participating at the HLPF in New York. We invite you and your network to actively continue advocating for LRG seat in the “reporting table”.

We will communicate through #local4action and #HLPF2017.

Best regards

Edgardo Bilsky | Tel: +34 93 342 8764 |e.bilsky@uclg. org |  

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