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Feb 11
New courses and programs offered by swisspeace

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08.-10.05.2019: Preventing Violent Conflicts Course – Learn about practical approaches to conflict prevention – beyond moral obligation and economic necessity. Apply by 15.03.2019.

22.-24.05.2019: Human Rights & Conflict Transformation Course – Connect human rights and conflict transformation approaches. Apply by 31.03.2019.

24.-28.06.2019: Summer School: Afghanistan ­– Peacebuilding and conflict resolution in the context of a new great game. Apply by 30.04.2019.

September 2019 - August 2020: CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials Program – Get insights in research and practice of civilian peacebuilding and broaden your skills to work in fragile contexts. Apply by 30.06.2019.

Feb 11
Online Course: Anti-Corruption in the Context of the 2030 Agenda (18 March to 12 April 2019)

DEAD LINE FOR REGISTRATION: 15.02.2019

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you of the first worldwide edition of the online course, Anti-Corruption in the Context of the 2030 Agenda running from 18 March to 12 April 2019. This course has been developed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau for Policy and Programme Support with significant inputs from UNODC, U4, OHCHR, GIZ, Sida, and International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). The roll out of this course is financially supported by UNDP and UNODC, making it free of charge to a selective group of participants.

The 2030 Agenda was a major breakthrough for the anti-corruption movement as it emphasises the importance of promoting transparency, accountability and anti-corruption for sustainable development, and makes an explicit link between corruption, peace and just and inclusive societies.

As UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said, "corruption is a complex challenge that continues to persist in many countries across the world. It has a direct impact on the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and affects each of the five pillars of the 2030 agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.

Despite progress made, corruption is still a pressing challenge. Resources lost through corruption exceed the estimated 10 trillion dollars required to eradicate poverty by 2030. Money lost to corruption is essentially development denied to those most at risk of being left behind."

Do not miss the opportunity to learn about the role that anti-corruption plays in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This online course is free of charge and open to UN staff from headquarters, country teams or regional offices, government representatives, development practitioners, as well as members of civil society, private sector, academia and foundations. 

To win the scholarship, register via http://bit.ly/ACSD2019. Deadline for registration is on 15 February 2019.

Should you have questions, please email sustainable-development@unssc.org or Daniela Cepeda at d.cepeda@unssc.org .

Best regards,

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Jan 29
Online-Training on 'Political Economy Analysis'

The training is based on the flagship face-to-face course ODI and Policy Practice have provided over 35 times since 2008 for organisations including DFID, 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. The on-line version of the course has been successfully delivered at least four times to UK Government staff. Since being opened to wider participation, it is now being offered for the fourth time more widely to staff of implementing organisations and think tanks as well as individuals.

The course is delivered by David Booth of ODI and Alex Duncan of The Policy Practice (TPP) with contributions from other ODI and TPP staff. It is professionally facilitated by Samantha Wade of TPP.

https://www.odi.org/projects/943-political-economy-analysis-action-training-course

Jan 07
Training “Local Governance and Sustaining Peace”

DeLoG (Development Partners Network on Decentralisation & Local Governance) is offering a course on the topic “Local Governance and Sustaining Peace”.

The training will be a 4-day in-person training, taking place on 12-15 March 2019 in Brussels, at the premises of the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel).

This course, like all courses conducted by DeLoG, is free of charge. Participants are responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. The course language is English. Application is now open on the DeLoG website to January 16, 2019. Selected applicants will be informed by January 23.

For further information and registration, please check the DeLoG webpage:https://delog.org/web/joint-learning-event-on-local-governance-and-sustaining-peace/

Jan 07
All against corruption!

​The Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine presents the publication "All against corruption!" jointly elaborated with their implementing partners and featuring 12 cases from Swiss-funded projects. Each case highlights project activities contributing to fighting corruption in Ukraine in various sectors and at different levels of governance.

Their experience shows that even without special dedicated anti-corruption programmes, development partners have means to reduce the space for corruption step by step, by promoting key good governance principles in their work with national stakeholders, and therefore contributing to the establishment of good governance practices in corresponding sectors. This process is an invaluable addition to the broad direct anti-corruption agenda. It may take longer, changes will usually be incremental, but results also prove to be sustainable. 

 

Nov 23
The critical role of government

​UNDP introduces a new guidance note on: Civil Service Restoration and Reform in fragile context. A product of a programm that is financed among others by Global Institutions within SDC:

Civil service restoration and reform is as much of a political process as it is technical. Based on this linkage, at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), our experience has shown that in order to promote a politically sensitive approach to civil service restoration and reform we need to draw on a series of precepts and lessons from the literature on political economy in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Some of these lessons include:

  • International assistance in low-income and fragile settings should be understood as non-neutral mediations by external and domestic actors, and should be approached in 'temporal' terms;

  • Political settlements should not be understood as stable conclusions that end periods of volatility, but more appropriately as unstable interim situations that reflect the positioning of domestic powers. Also, these should be viewed as subject to potential subversion by other actors, either dissatisfied with or excluded from the negotiated pacts and the distribution of resources;

  • Analysis of merit-based reforms in a variety of institutional settings suggests that agreements to reduce patronage in human resource practices in civil services occur mostly when the relative power and capacities of the less influential parties and stakeholders increases; and

  • The idealized goals often held by the international community for public administration may be laudable but are often unrealistic. Thus, a focus on achieving "good fit" rather than applying international "best practice" should be sought.

UNDP's recent guidance note "Supporting Civil Service Restoration and Reform" sheds light on salient issues and lessons learned from implementing support programmes as varied as civil service census and identification in Bosnia Herzegovina; emergency public service response in Central African Republic; de-ba'athification policy in Iraq; transfer of knowledge in Liberia; management capacity for public administration in Lebanon, and civil service coaching and mentoring in South Sudan, among others.

Sep 18
Supporting democratic revitalisation

Read this 10page document on how international collaboration can support the revitalisation of democracy: Most countries across the world today are democracies. However, we are at a juncture where the stability and resilience of democracy has come into question, not just in developing settings but also in some of the world’s oldest and most established democracies. Engaging with emerging democracies so that they can work more effectively is the new frontier of the developmental challenge. Deepening the quality of democratic governance is messy, complex, and uncertain. More in-depth thinking about how to reconceptualise and reinvigorate democracy support so that it has greater traction and relevance is needed​,

https://www.wfd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Renewing-representation-the-role-of-international-assistance-final.pdf

 

Aug 29
New DeLoG e-course on Decentralisation and Local Governance

New DeLoG e-course on Decentralisation and Local Governance from 1.October – 5. December 2018

 

We are happy to inform you about DeLoG´s next tutored e-course on Decentralization and Local Governance, taking place from 1 October- 5 December 2018. Deadline for application 16 September. The course is open to development professionals from SDC in the field and at HQ level who have been working on (and around) Decentralisation and Local Governance (DLG) for 2 to 5 years.  

It covers a wide range of decentralization and local governance (DLG) related topics, structured along six modules. The first module "an introduction to decentralization, Local Governance and development effectiveness" gives participants a well-grounded start and an overview on DLG within international agendas. The other modules deal with DLG related topics such as "Political decentralisation and political economy analysis", "Administrative decentralization", "Fiscal decentralization", "Linkages between decentralisation and sector support", "Designing coherent support strategies" and "Implementing support and monitoring change".

Please visit the DeLoG website (follow this link) for registration and further information. 35-40 slots are available. The course will be offered in English and is free of charge.

For further questions, please contact Lea Flaspöhler (lea.flaspoehler@giz.de) from the DeLoG Secretariat.

With best regards,

DDLG Unit

Aug 27
Engage before, during and after – Insights from a series of webinar

Doing a presentation online is as if doing it ‘in real’ or so I thought before having engaged in the organization of several webinars. Well – that is not the case at all. -- Andrea Iff tells us about her experience.

Aug 23
News from LOGIN's Knowledge Store

​Child Participation in Local Governance: A Guidance Note from UNICEF

This guidance note explores the key considerations for institutions which support child participation in local governance,with the focus on participation in local government structures and processes. The guidance note is based on an extensive literature review and four country case studies of experiences of child participation in local governance including Nepal...Read More

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