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​,


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 ( from the DeLoG Secretariat.

With best regards,


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

Aug 16
Updates from LOGIN's Knowledge Store

Guide to Corrutption-Free Local Government

This guide is a practical instrument to assist local governments, international organisations and civil society organisations to design, implement and monitor anti-corruption at the local governments level.


Mythbusting Confidentiality in Public Contracting

This report based on interviews with over 70 experts from more than 20 countries finds little evidence that supports keeping contracting information secret.


Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018: Exploring New Policy Pathways

The Spotlight Report 2018, published by the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, contains a comprehensive, independent assessment of the 2030 Agenda.


More information from LOGIN's Knowledge Store:

Aug 16
External Evaluation - Consultants needed

UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina is looking for two consultants to support the external evaluation of the SDC funded «Support to Local Communites / MZs in BiH» Project schedulded for October/November this year.

For more information please visit

Feel free to share this information amongst your partners and network!​

Aug 07
Open Budget Tutorial

​The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, in collaboration with one of its Lead Stewards, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico, invites publishers and consumers of budget data to participate in the tutorial “Open data: Opening and promoting use of budget data “:



Jul 25
Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course

We are pleased to announce the Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

States of fragility are of major concern to actors spanning from local citizens to global policy makers. Not only are they particularly prone to violent conflict, they are also held responsible for a range of public bads transcending national borders. However, the concept of “fragility” remains unclear and fuels the debate on how the international community should best respond. This course focuses on the policy and implementation challenges of statebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

  • Would you like to better understand the relationship between violent conflict, fragility, state- and peacebuilding?

  • Are you keen on testing current methodologies for working successfully in fragile contexts?

  • Do you want to become part of a peacebuilding community?

For more information and registration please have a look at  Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course.

Jul 09
"Informal Governance and Corruption"

​We are happy to share the launch of a dedicated website on a project 'Informal Governance and Corruption' (funded by the DFID/BA Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme):

The website is a repository of the resarch findings of one of the Partners, the Basel Institute on Governance (BIG). It features

  • informative videos,
  • summaries of findings and
  • downloads to all publications.

It will be regularly updated with new findings and publications of the current ongoing ACE follow-on project.

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