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The Network groups relevant working documents into four categories:
Democratisation | Decentralisation and local governance | Political economy | Governance as transversal theme
The most recent documents are displayed here below. To access all documents, click on the category titles.

    Issue Paper Parliament Support

    Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, DDLGN | 2016 | Global, | Key Reading

    Firstly, this paper intends to raise awareness among actors within the SDC and among partner organisations about the opportunities, but also the challenges of greater involvement in parliamentary support. It provides information about current international practice, experience and lessons learned in assisting parliaments to date. Secondly, the paper intends to position the SDC’s current engagement in this area. It undertakes a brief review of the SDC’s involvement in parliamentary support and outlines possible avenues to pursue for its future engagement.


    Learning Project 8 Case Studies

    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation | 2018 | Key Reading

    The case study focuses on the outcomes and impacts of social audit practices in the framework of the Improved Livelihood of Rural Communities (ILRC) project implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Afghanistan.


    Learning Project Analysis of SDC Case Studies

    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation | 2018 | Key Reading

    This section analyses twelve case studies on civil society participation and accountability in local governance processes. It looks at power issues and the analysis of power, the role of civil society and participation of civil society in local governance, accountability mechanisms and experiences, alignment with national policies and systems, and specific issues in fragile contexts.


    Decentralisation and local governance

    Swiss Development Cooperation SDC | 2007 | Key Reading

    This document highlights definitions and concepts around decentralisation and local governance. Its intention is to further a common understanding of these concepts within SDC and to support capacity-building activities.


    Enhancing development effectiveness for decentralisation and local governance

    European Centre for Development Policy Management ECDPM, The Hague Academy for Local Governance | 2014 | Key Reading

    This generic participants' kit provides background articles for trainings. It was prepared on behalf of the Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralisation (DeLoG).


    General guiding principles for enhancing alignment and harmonisation on local governance and decentralisation

    The Informal Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralisation (DPWG-LGD) | 2009 | Key Reading

    The present general guidelines reflect a consensual approach on how the informal Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralisation (DPWG-LGD) participants can translate lessons learned and perspectives put forth by previous studies into joint action on alignment and harmonisation initiatives that can enhance aid effectiveness in the field of DLG.


    Adapting Development - Improving Services to the Poor

    Overseas Development Institute ODI | 2015 | Key Reading

    There is no doubt that the MDG progress report is mixed. The SDG campaign therefore needs to be grounded in realistic assumptions about how development progress happens. More attention needs to be focused on how domestic reformers can drive key changes in contexts that are often politically challenging, complex and uncertain.


    Political Economy Analysis - How To Note

    Department for International Development DFID | 2009 | Key Reading

    Political economy analysis can support more effective and politically feasible development strategies, as well as inform more realistic expectations of what can be achieved, and the risks involved. This practice paper brings together various tools with a view to explaining the relevance and uses of political economy analysis.


    Everyday Political Analysis

    The Developmental Leadership Program DLP | 2015 | Key Reading

    This note introduces a framework for thinking about politics and power called Everyday Political Analysis (EPA). EPA helps address a gap in the work of frontline staff: how to understand the changing political context and make politically-informed decisions on a day-to-day basis.