2018 Q3 Edition

LOGIN POST

From the Secretariat

The last quarter has been a busy one for the Network with the facilitation of 10 learning activities and provision of technical assistance to local governments in member countries. Many of the learning activities have been hosted by member institutions, reaffirming their ownership of the Network. During this period, the Network has reached out to more than 300 persons from 20 countries across the world.

This quarter, the Secretariat launched an online analytics dashboard enabling real-time reporting of LOGIN performance, learning outcomes and expenditure.

The convening of an Extraordinary General Assembly in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in September marked an inflection point flagging the Network’s final lap towards becoming an independent entity.

IN FOCUS

Stocktaking of Lessons and Emerging Trends in Good Governance

The Network convened a Knowledge Sharing Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in September, which was hosted with the gracious support of the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Mongolia at the Government Palace. Member institutions from across South and East Asia took stock of state of practice, strategic and programme trends as well as lessons and emerging issues on good governance in Asia. The specific themes for engagement were citizen engagement and social accountability; empowering women to engage politically at the local level; capacitating local governments; and citizen oversight of elections. In addition to deliberations at the Conference, the Government of Mongolia facilitated exposure visits to urban and rural Public Service Delivery Centres, launched in the capital city and across all 21 aimags (provinces) in the country, building upon the One-Stop-Shop model for citizen-centric public service delivery. Gallery

Presence in UCLG ASPAC Congress

LOGIN organised a day-long training event on functional assignment at the 7th United Cities and Local Governments - Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) Congress, which witnessed participation from academics, and national and local government officials. This was followed by the facilitation of a networking event in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, focusing on the benefits of functional assignment for implementing Agenda 2030 in a multi-level governance system, substantiated by country presentations from Cambodia, Mongolia and South Korea. The discussions centred around local government initiatives to achieve Agenda 2030 with support from national governments in allocation of functional autonomy and financial resources. In addition, LOGIN also had a booth at the UCLG ASPAC Exhibition, as part of its outreach, showcasing Network activities and stories of change from member institutions.

Capitalisation of Member Experiences in Mainstreaming Social Accountability

LOGIN, in collaboration with CARE Bangladesh, organised an experience consolidation workshop to extensively explore practices relating to civic engagement and social accountability that have emerged in the region. The attempt was to draw attention to and build upon approaches, strategies and tools being deployed on the demand side (right holders) and supply side (duty bearers). The discussions also focused on accompanying investments towards creating an enabling environment, for scaling up and sustaining accountability relationships and practices. Gallery

Horizontal Learning Programme Gaining Traction

LOGIN facilitated three events on the horizontal learning programme (HLP) for member institutions: visit by a team from Kerala Institute of Local Administration to Bangladesh to learn more about HLP; an orientation workshop for partners of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia; and a training workshop at Local Development Training Academy in Nepal. In the coming months, these institutions will be mainstreaming the approach in their outreach strategy. Gallery

MEMBER UPDATES

Kapisa Integrity Network conducted its first social audit of a Municipality Service Center in the province in Afghanistan in August. The Network is one of the Provincial Integrity Networks created by LOGIN member, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, in Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh, Parwan, Kapisa and Bamiyan provinces. Provincial Integrity Networks are platforms of civil society activists working to promote transparency, accountability, and integrity at the local level. Details

The Learning Lab for Local Governance (SETU-LLLG) under the SETU Abhiyan, a LOGIN member, is an incubator of ideas and initiatives to strengthen the value of local governance in the public domain. With its aim to contribute to the overall local governance discourse, SETU-LLLG announces a series of regional consultations on "Gram Panchayat Development Plan – Opportunities and Challenges in India". The Western Region consultation was held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in September and will be followed by consultations in other parts of the country. Participants include elected representatives, practitioners, functionaries, national and state level training institutes, civil society representatives and academicians.

MEMBER SPEAK

Rebecca Haines, Senior Governance Advisor – Asia and MENA, CARE International UK, blogs on key themes emerging from a LOGIN study tour hosted by CARE Bangladesh on mainstreaming social accountability in July. The blogs explore insights from CARE Bangladesh’s approach, in its World Bank-funded JATRA project, to empowering the poorest and most marginalised to participate in, and meaningfully influence, local government decision-making processes:

Beyond the tools: Participatory power analysis as the missing ingredient in local governance programming

Who are 'the people'? – Making citizen participation models work for poor and marginalised groups

STORY OF CHANGE

Knowledge Store Pick

UNESCAP and Development Pathways: 2018 This policy guide has been developed to support policymakers and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to strengthen social protection. It explains how to design inclusive and robust social protection systems and focuses on tax-financed income security, mainly through cash transfers.


CAUGHT OUR EYE

  • National elections have recently concluded in Cambodia and Pakistan.
  • Bhutan's third general/national elections will be held on October 18, 2018, following the selection of two winning parties in the primary round elections in September.
  • Local governments in the Indian state of Kerala, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have been put to the test in the wake of disasters and the resultant displacement of millions in these areas.The recent earthquake-tsunami in Indonesia, leaving more than a thousand dead in its wake, is a spiralling humanitarian crisis that will require concerted national and international relief efforts as well as significant rebuilding initiatives at the local level.

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