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.

May 29
Thinking and working politically – managerial and operational aspects of using Political Economy Analysis (PEA)"

Dear Colleagues,

The Political Economy for Practitioner's Expert Group is delighted to announce a course on "Thinking and working politically – managerial and operational aspects of using Political Economy Analysis (PEA)" for development reforms. This two-day workshop will take place in Bern from 11th - 12th September 2018. 

The course is limited to 20 persons and the application deadline is 12th July 2018. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

By the end of this workshop, you will have advanced your knowledge on the operational and management aspects of using political economy analysis. In particular, you will have learned:

  • how to adapt programmes based on PEA findings;

  • how to manage partnerships and risks based on PEA findings;

  • how to overcome institutional barriers in your own agency;

  • what iterative and adaptive management of programmes means.

If you would like more information on this workshop or support with registrations, please contact us directly on +41 58 46 21250 or at

Kind regards,


May 29
Report: ​‘Forging Resilient Social Contracts: Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace’

​‘Forging Resilient Social Contracts: Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace’ is an 11-country research and policy dialogue project that aims to revitalise the social contract amidst conflict and fragility and to advance policy and practice for preventing violent conflict and for achieving and sustaining peace. The comparative findings provide evidence and insight into what drives social contracts that are inclusive and resilient, and how they manifest and adapt in different contexts, transcending what are often unsustainable, ephemeral elite bargains into more inclusive ones, with durable arrangements for achieving and sustaining peace. The project involves international scholars, policy advisers and authors from the countries examined: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Cyprus, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen and Zimbabwe. The project activities reported on here took place from 2016-mid 2018 and include case research in these countries, a series of policy and scholarly dialogues1 and this summary. Future project work could include policy papers on critical themes emerging from the research, knowledge products featuring the case studies, and a social contract assessment tool. The project gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Oslo Governance Centre (OGC), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Berlin and New York, the Julian J. Studley Fund of the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School in New York, in this work

May 24
E-Course on Functional Assignment from LOGIN Aisa

LOGIN Aisa offers 

LOGIN E-Course on Functional Assignment 2018
Owing to the success of the previous editions since 2015, LOGIN's e-course on functional assignment will continue this year. This distance learning programme will provide participants with a platform to understand and gain basic knowledge of concepts, and to share and learn from experiences and innovations across countries in Asia. 
GET THE ANSWERS YOU NEED FROM EXPERTS AND YOUR INTERNATIONAL PEERS! Participants will have the facility to raise queries and receive answers from experts. Further, they the can use the asynchronous discussion board for self-paced collaborative learning, interacting with similar participants from other countries.
…AND THERE’S MORE! Participants who have successfully completed the course will get a certificate from LOGIN.
Duration of the E-Course: 2 July-17 August, 2018. Registration will end on 13 June.

For more information and registration click here.

May 22
Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials Program

Swisspeace offers a Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials Program.

What does it take to build lasting peace? Join this year’s CAS in Civilian Peacebuilding & become a peacebuilding expert.



September 2018 – August 2019

Application Deadline

30 June 2018

Program Structure

10 on-site training courses, 2-3 days each


University of Basel, Switzerland

Tuition Fee

9'600 CHF

The program provides you with a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding by analyzing theories, concepts, debates, policies and practices. You will participate in 10 on-site training courses (2 or 3 days each), focusing on topics ranging from fragility & statebuilding to gender analysis, mediation or transitional justice. Leading international scholars and experienced practitioners from around the world will guide you through the program and the individual courses.

More information may be found here:

May 22
Learning Offer on Social Accountability : Last Call for Application

LOGIN Aisa offers a Learning Offer on Social Accountability

Apply for Experience Consolidation Workshop on Mainstreaming Social Accountability

Leveraging the experience of CARE Bangladesh and benefitting from their offer to host network members, LOGIN announces a learning engagement that draws attention to different approaches to mainstreaming social accountability for improved public sector performance. A significant focus of the workshop will be the role and responsibilities of civil society in leveraging spaces - created by the affirmative action of the state - for enhancing social accountability.

The learning engagement will focus on :
Discussions on constructs, frameworks, guidelines enabling Social Accountability in the regional and national contexts

  • Introduction to the work of CARE Bangladesh and exposure to their work on

    • Community Mobilisation and creation and use of participatory spaces

    • Use of social accountability tools and accompanying processes to leverage participatory spaces for citizen-government engagement and 

    • Incentivising Union parishads (local governments) to mainstream accountability and gradually inculcating a culture of accountability and answerability.

  • Capitalising on members' experiences to explore and better understand other initiatives aiming to mainstream social accountability in varied contexts

For More Information:  Click Here

To Apply for the Workshop:  Click Here

Last date for receiving applications is 17th May 2018

May 10
Two new publications of the World Bank on Fragility

​The World Bank has recently published two interesting reports on its work in fragile contexts:

The report on "Maximizing the Impact oft he World Bank Group in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations" give a good overview of the banks approach and interventions in fragile settings.

Also, the annual report of the "Peace- and Statebuilding Fund" gives interesting insights in the bank's approach and achievements.




May 07
Summercourse: Sustaining Peace and Local Governance

​The Hague Academy organizes a one-week training (9-13 July 2018 - Application until May 25th) that will discuss how local governance can more effectively address the root causes of a conflict. It is designed for professionals from donor and development agencies, along with practitioners and civic leaders in local governance who wish to boost their knowledge about sustaining peace in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Apr 10
E-discussion on gender responsive and socially inclusive budgeting

Dear colleagues,
We are writing to invite you to take part in an e-discussion on gender responsive and socially inclusive budgeting from 16-18 April. The e-discussion is part of a learning journey commissioned by the SDC and tailored for the members of SDC gender equality network and the DDLG network. The e-discussion offers a unique opportunity to learn from programmatic experiences of SDC partners from all over the world.

To take part in the e-discussion, please register at:
*Deadline: Thursday 5pm (GMT), 12th April

The learning journey on GRB and SIB explores current practices by SDC and key international development actors in order to design a programming framework, guidelines and support tools. In particular the learning journey will analyze and propose how socially inclusive budgeting (SIB) and gender responsive budgeting (GRB) can be integrated into local governance processes working on the expenditure-side of public finance management.

The e-discussion, which will be co-ordinated and facilitated by colleagues at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), aims to capture your experiences in engaging communities, CSOs and governments in SIB/GRB processes and how these processes have enabled a dialogue on inclusive budgeting between the state and its citizens.

We warmly encourage you to share your own experiences, insights and recommendations, which would allow other network members to learn from you and also form the basis for further discussion in the SDC event taking place in Ukraine in May.

The e-discussion will take place over three days (April 16-18).

  • On Day 1 we will be looking at community mobilization and CSO involvement in gender responsive and socially inclusive budgeting programmes.
  • On Day 2 we will explore questions about building state capacity and what enables state-citizen engagement in these programmes.
  • On Day 3 we will open time for synthesis, reflection, and look at the key issues and recommendations emerging from the discussion in the previous days.

We look forward to your registration!

Corinne Huser
Senior Policy Advisor Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance (DDLG), SDC

Ursula Keller
Senior Gender Policy Advisor, SDC

Mar 26
Apply now: E-course on Decentralization and Local Governance

DeLoG´s next tutured e-course on Decentralization and Local Governance is taking place from 7th May – 7th July 2018. Application deadline is 8th April.


The course is open to development professionals from SDC in the field and at HQ level who have been working on (and around) 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" will give participants a well-grounded start and an overview on DLG within international agendas. The other modules will deal with the topics of "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 follow this link for further information and registration. 35-40 slots are available. The course will be offered in English and is free of charge.

For further information, please contact Lea Flaspöhler ( from the DeLoG Secretariat.

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