Mar 28
Summer School, 3-7 July 2017 & CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials, Sept 2017 – Aug 2018

​In September 2017, the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials will start for the 5th time. It is offered by swisspeace in cooperation with the University of Basel. The topics are:

  • Peacebuilding & statebuilding
  • Gender in conflict & peacebuilding
  • Peacebuilding methodologies
  • Peace mediation
  • Dealing with the past & transitional justice
  • Business, conflict & human rights

Complementing the training offer, this year’s swisspeace Summer School unpacks the dynamics of peace and conflict in the world’s youngest state of South Sudan. It takes place form 3 – 7 July 2017 in Basel.

Mar 23
External Review: Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Programme

Dear colleagues

With this message I would like to share with you the announcement about an external review [download TOR] on the Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Programme (see attached ToR). Please do also circulate it within your respective circle/networks.

Submission is open till 5th of April 2017. Pleas provide your feedback directly to our colleagues in the Afghanistan office:

Corinne Huser
Policy Advisor Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance

Mar 10
Funding Human Rights Organizations

The Journal of Human Rights Practice dedicated it’s last issue to the question of funding of HR organizations. All of the articles are worth reading. We would like to orient your attention particularly to the article that discusses the role of donors in funding human rights CSOs as well as the introductory article that summarizes the different contributions.

The 2 articles are:

Mar 03
Is Fiscal Decentralisation Delivering on its Promises?


Fiscal decentralisation has become a widespread phenomenon in developing countries and it has attracted increasing attention in the past few decades. The supporters of decentralisation argue that it can bring about positive outcomes, whether economic or political in nature. For example, since local governments are closer to citizens, they can be expected to be more responsive to their needs. In addition, decentralisation may trigger positive effects in terms of political participation and accountability. Whether these theoretical benefits are achieved in practice is an open question that this paper aims to address. After providing an overview of the main issues and challenges in the design and implementation of fiscal decentralisation, The paper reviews the existing evidence on the impact of fiscal decentralisation on economic and political outcomes at the local level. By doing this it aims to assess whether decentralisation delivered on its promises.


Feb 28
El federalismo en Suiza


Hemos publicado las presentaciones de Thomas Minger, Jefe del Servicio de Asuntos Interiores KDK, durante su visita a Cuba. Usted encuentra las presentaciones AQUÍ.

Feb 14
Global Meeting on Supporting Core Government Functions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

Over 75 seasoned governance practitioners, economists, senior government representatives, and eminent global scholars from over 14 countries impacted by fragility, conflict and violence from around the globe met from January 16-18, 2017 at the Dead Sea, Jordan, to discuss how the United Nations and the World Bank Group as well as the global community as a whole can build a stronger foundation for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding. Together with the WB, UNDP was hosting this meeting which focused on key trends and lessons learned from a wide array of country-level experiences, including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Kosovo, Libya, Myanmar, Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Somalia, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and Yemen.

The document is a short summary note of the meeting.

Feb 13
Politorbis Nr. 64: In Support of Federalism Debates

The new Politorbis publication focuses on the topic of federalism and its alternatives. You can read the document HERE.

Feb 13
Local governance and resilience – what lasts after the project ends?

Jane Lonsdale reflects on the lessons from an ‘effectiveness review’ of a Myanmar project 18
months after it ended.

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Feb 13
Summer Course 2017 on Taxation and Development

The Policy Research Center is organising a Summer Course 2017 on Taxation and Development.

The program of the Summer Course is intended to provide in depth analysis of current taxation issues relevant in the development agenda in different countries and continents. The program will review in detail and will also provide space for discussions between trainers and participants on the following topics and tax development agendas:

  • Mobilization of Domestic Resources
  • Local and Property Taxation
  • Extractive Industry Taxation
  • International Taxation including BEPS project update and the EU Tax Developments
  • Transparency Initiatives including public CbCR initiative.

As the course is intended for professionals working in national and international development agencies, NGO’s, journalists, policy advisers, advisers to ministers and members of parliaments, policy makers as well as researchers active in research and development, this unique course can be highly interesting for you or your colleagues.

The course will take place in Slovenia in a beautiful mountain/lake resort – Bled Lake from 28th August to 1st September 2017 (5 days). Assistance with the hotel reservation, airport pick up and drop off can be arranged by the organizers.

The participation fee for the 5 day course is EUR 800 (excl.VAT). For participants wishing to attend only some of the days, the course fee is EUR 180 per day (excl.VAT). Early bird discount and group discount are available. 

Complete description of the course, program, information on trainers, registration and logistics is available in the attached Information Brochure. The participants interested to attend the course can register via email by sending us the filled in application form.

For more information and how to registr CLICK HERE.

Feb 08
New update from LOGIN: World Development Report 2017, Governance and The Law

"This year's edition of the World Development Report addresses certain questions on policy making and policy implementation such as (i) Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? (ii) When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And (iii) Why do some bad policies endure?

It recognizes that policy making and policy implementation takes place in complex political and social settings, in which individuals and groups with unequal power interact within changing rules as they pursue conflicting interests. The process of these interactions is what this Report calls governance, and the space in which these interactions take place, the policy arena...."


To read more, click here

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