2019 Q1 Edition

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From the Secretariat

The first quarter of 2019 marked a critical milestone in LOGIN’s evolution, with the registration of the independent LOGIN Association. The Association’s first General Assembly was held in Bangkok attended by local governments, change agents and influencers from across South and East Asia. Members and champions, old and new, reaffirmed their faith in the Network and collectively ideated and shared perspectives on the roadmap for the future of this unique learning community and change coalition. Gallery

Key insights, inputs and seeding of collaborative partnerships enabled through the convening will inform the calibration of the Network’s strategic priorities in the coming months.

IN FOCUS

KIPF-OECD-ADB Asia Roundtable on Fiscal Relations

LOGIN shared insights and learnings based on experiences from India at the Korea Institute of Public Finance (KIPF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)-led Second Roundtable of the Network on Fiscal Relations in Asia (RoNFRA) in February. The theme of the Second RoNFRA was local capacity building and performance for inclusive growth. Papers presented at the convening will form part of a new volume in the OECD Fiscal Federalism Studies series.

DeLoG Joint Learning Event on Local Governance and Sustaining Peace

LOGIN was represented in a Joint Learning Event providing insights on the nexus between local governance and sustaining peace in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The event held in March was jointly organised by the DeLoG Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, hosted by the Belgian Development Agency, Enabel.

Workshop on Capacity Development of Local Governments

An experience consolidation workshop on 'Capacity Development for Better Local Governance - New Challenges, New Frontiers' was organised by LOGIN member, Kerala Institute of Local Administration in Kerala, India in March. The workshop was attended by local government representatives, training institutions and non-governmental organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

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Building the Capacity of Elected Women Representatives in Sri Lanka

The Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA) conducted two cycles of training programmes across all 25 districts of Sri Lanka to strengthen the technical and soft skills of elected women representatives in local governments. FSLGA has been an active participant in LOGIN’s thematic learning community on women’s political empowerment.

Mobilising Young Women in Pakistan to Participate in Governance

As a follow-up to the learning event on youth engagement in local governance, Sangat Development Foundation (SDF) organised an interaction with young women to discuss women's political participation in Pakistan. More than 50 students of Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women, Lahore participated actively in the discussion on challenges to women in the field of politics, possible solutions, and the role of youth in governance.

Convening Regional Consultation on State of Urban Governance in India

Praja Foundation organised a regional consultation of key stakeholders from six states of India to discuss the state of urban governance. The convening is part of Praja's Urban Governance Study aimed at documenting the status of urban governance reforms in all states of India, insights from which will help create an Urban Governance Index for the country. Phase 1 States Key Findings

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Compilation of select stories of change emerging from the Network illustrating instances of transformative change from trans-border peer partnerships grounded in experiential learning

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Journey from Gram Panchayat to Union Parishad – Exploring the Roots of the Horizontal Learning Programme A team from Kerala Institute of Local Administration visited Dhaka Bangladesh in August 2018 to learn more about the Horizontal Learning Programme (HLP), which is anchored by the National Institute of Local Government, Bangladesh. This blog encapsulates reflections on the HLP practices witnessed on the ground in Bangladesh.

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Byambasuren Urgamal, Deputy Chief, Cabinet Secretariat of Government of Mongolia
Joy Elamon, Director, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), India

CAUGHT OUR EYE

  • Bangladesh's local government elections are being held in phases from March to June 2019.
  • India's national elections are underway and will conclude in May 2019.
  • The Philippines' National Legislature and local elections are scheduled to be held in May 2019.
  • Cambodia, Mongolia, Pakistan, and the Philippines will be presenting their Voluntary National Review reports to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) this year.

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