2018 Q2 Edition

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From the Secretariat

This July, LOGIN completes its fifth year in existence. Over the last five years, the Network has connected more than 350 institutions across 12 countries in Asia, enabling their capacity enhancement on decentralisation and local governance through collective learning and experience sharing.

The Network is currently in the process of transitioning into an independent institution. As momentum builds up to the creation of the new entity, here’s a look back at the highlights of the last quarter.

IN FOCUS

DDLGN Face-to-Face Meeting in Kiev

LOGIN was represented in a face-to-face meeting of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network (DDLGN) in May. Key topics of discussion included promoting governance in a challenging environment and designing local government budgets that factor in the needs of women and other marginalised groups. Details

MUB-KILA Peer Partnership

A delegation of officials from the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar (MUB), Mongolia visited Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), India in April to learn more about KILA’s capacity building strategies for rural and urban local governance and identify elements that can be adapted to enhance institutionalisation of training activities in MUB. Gallery

Capacity Building of KILA Faculty

Workshops on the Horizontal Learning Program – an outcome based peer-to-peer learning approach that can be used as a capacity development methodology for local government institutions – and basic moderation skills were organised for the faculty of Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) in April. Gallery

Knowledge Store Pick

Working Together: Integration, Institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals examines how governments, public institutions and public administration can foster integrated approaches towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The report aims to assist national policy makers, especially those working in institutions entrusted with SDG implementation as well as in planning, finance and sector ministries and in local governments, to implement the SDGs in an integrated fashion.

MEMBER UPDATES

Local government elections were held in Sri Lanka in February, under the new Local Government Election Act, covering 341 Local Councils (municipalities, urban and rural councils). The Act provides 25 per cent mandatory quota for women candidates which paved the way for 2,526 women to join the local councils, a significant milestone given the hitherto low participation of women in politics. LOGIN member, Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA), is training newly elected Mayors and Deputy Mayors on council affairs in all nine provinces of Sri Lanka, including women councillors across 25 districts.

April 20th was poll day for Bhutanese National Councils (NCs) in all 20 Dzongkhags (districts) of the country. The elections also marked the return of women representatives to the National Council, with two women candidates, Ms. Sonam Pelzom and Ms. Lhaki Dolma winning the seats in their constituencies. Although only nine women candidates contested the elections, accounting for 5 per cent of the total candidates, for LOGIN member, Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW), this is the beginning of a positive trend. As part of its mandate to advocate for and facilitate women’s meaningful participation in local governance, BNEW organised workshops for women aspirant candidates in the run-up to the 2018 NC elections.

In related news, Ms. Tashi Wangmo, long-time associate and champion of LOGIN, has been reappointed for the third year running as an eminent member of the National Council by the King of Bhutan. We take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Wangmo and wish her the best for the new tenure.

LOGIN members, Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD), India and Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA) collaborated to host a learning visit for senior Sri Lankan local government officials from Sabaragamuwa province to India in April. The initiative, supported by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), was designed to help the delegation know more about local self-governance in India as well as to facilitate an exchange of insights. The visitors interacted with elected women representatives, who are supported by RSCD’s Mahila Rajsatta Andolan, to understand the gender perspective in local governance in India, especially through the Mahila Gram Sabha mechanism.

Aligned with Government of Afghanistan’s mission to increase women’s engagement in local governance, LOGIN member, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), which is mandated to lead and coordinate the country’s subnational governance programme, has appointed women to leadership positions in provincial governments. Nangarhar province got its first female deputy governor, while Ms. Munira Yousufzada, former spokesperson of IDLG, was appointed Deputy Provincial Governor of Kabul.

Local government and youth council/ Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections were held in the Philippines on May 14th. LOGIN member, Center for Local and Regional Governance, National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines facilitated mandatory training for the newly-elected SK officials of Quezon City as part of trainings being conducted nationwide. Over 300,000 SK officials will formally start their two-year terms on June 30th across 42,044 barangays (villages/districts/wards).

MEMBER SPEAK

Raphael Montes Jr. blogs on the evolution of the Sangguniang Kabataan/ Youth Council in the Philippines and its potential as a formal and institutionalised approach for voicing youth issues in the public sector and promoting youth engagement in governance. Read

Srestha Roy, Lead - Learning Lab for Local Governance, SETU Abhiyan blogs on an initiative to showcase good governance practices of Gram Panchayats in Kutch, Gujarat, India. Read


CAUGHT OUR EYE

  • Afghanistan's Sub-National Governance Policy was approved for implementation on May 14. The policy, a milestone in the country's journey towards democratic decentralisation, provides a roadmap for comprehensive governance reform. The country's parliamentary and district council elections scheduled for July have been postponed to October 20, 2018.
  • Four decades after independence, Bangladesh has graduated from the list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with its economy growing at around 6 per cent annually since the 2000s.
  • General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan and Cambodia on July 25 and July 29, respectively.

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