2018 Q4 Edition

LOGIN POST

From the Secretariat

Preparations for the genesis of LOGIN as an independent entity gathered steam in the last quarter of 2018. The learning aspirations and priorities of our membership continued to drive the Network's learning agenda in parallel. Treading new ground, a workshop was facilitated on promoting youth participation in local governance, creating an opportunity for members to assess the efficacy of strategies in leveraging the potential of youth as governance change agents.

The Network’s experience and learnings were shared at strategic regional and international consultations/platforms focused on strengthening subnational governance.

Looking forward to 2019, a seminal year for the Network, we thank you for being part of the LOGIN journey and hope for your continued support in the exciting times ahead!

IN FOCUS

Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 2018

LOGIN was represented at the Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in Seoul, South Korea in November 2018, participating in insightful discussions on good practices, innovations, and challenges of open government reforms at the subnational level in the Asia-Pacific region. The theme of the event was Promoting Democracy, Improving Governance, Renewing Trust. More on the Event

Making the Case for Youth Inclusion in Local Governance

LOGIN organised a learning visit and experience capitalisation workshop to explore strategies to engage youth in local governance, focusing on the Philippines’ successful model of Sangguniang Kabataan/ Youth Councils in October 2018. The workshop was hosted by LOGIN member, Center for Local and Regional Governance of the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of Philippines, supported by the National Movement of Young Legislators and the Department of Interior and Local Governance Office in Makati City. Gallery

Consultation on Localising SDGs at Rural Local Government Level in India

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj & Rural Development Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh organised a consultation on Localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Gram Panchayat Level. The consultation was designed to provide leads into good practices, highlight challenges and identify the way forward in building convergence strategies and action planning towards SDG localisation at the village council level in Andhra Pradesh. LOGIN was represented in the consultation to share international experiences in localisation of SDGs, citing the examples of Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Lao PDR and the Philippines which have started localisation of SDGs. While localisation of SDGs provides an opportunity for decentralised development through developing effective and accountable local governments, a key challenge remains coordination in multi-level governance systems.

MEMBER UPDATES

Dissemination of Learnings from Workshop on Youth Engagement

Following the organisation of the learning visit and experience capitalisation workshop on youth engagement in local governance, participants from Pakistan, Cambodia and India disseminated learnings from the workshop within their network and with key stakeholders:

Regional Consultations on Gram Panchayat Development Plan

India's 14th Finance Commission has created the space for responsive local governance, empowering local governments through the devolution of untied funds to Gram Panchayats (village councils). Release and utilisation of these resources are contingent on the preparation of participatory Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs), which reflect the needs and concerns of the community, especially the marginalised, in identifying development priorities.

The Learning Lab for Local Governance, SETU Abhiyan organised a series of high-level regional consultations on GPDPs – Opportunities and Challenges in India. The first of these focused on western India, discussing the scope, challenges as well as capacity development and support mechanisms for GPDPs in Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Report

The Southern regional consultation was held in Kerala in December 2018; the Eastern region consultation is scheduled for February 2019 in Odisha.

Interview with T.R. Raghunandan, Advisor, LOGIN Secretariat

T. R. Raghunandan, an expert on decentralisation and a former joint secretary in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, was interviewed by Business Standard on outcomes of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India, which formalised the decentralisation of rural local governance through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) (village local governments) across the country. Read

Accountability Initiative Centre for Policy Research's report on Open School Data

The report has been included in a set of case studies from countries in Asia and the Pacific as part of an International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP UNESCO) initiative. The six case studies 'look at a range of school report card initiatives (both government-led and citizen-led) to create a new evidence base for more informed policy-making on how to use school-related data to create a more transparent and accountable education system.' Read

STORY OF CHANGE

Knowledge Store Pick

Danny Lämmerhirt, Jonathan Gray, Tommaso Venturini and Axel Meunier: 2018 This research report examines different approaches to doing and organising citizen generated data, as well as how governments already engage with these types of initiatives. It identifies several concrete benefits for implementing and monitoring the SDGs, underlining the importance for public institutions to further support these initiatives.

MEMBER SPEAK

A community-based approach to reshaping health services Wahidullah Azizi & Saida Azimi blog on the impact of Integrity Watch Afghanistan's pilot programme to increase the efficacy of the public health system with the active engagement and oversight of citizens.

Putting gender into political economy analysis: Why it matters and how to do it Rebecca Haines, CARE Senior Governance Advisor; Tam O’Neil, CARE Senior Gender Advisor; and Emily Brown, Oxfam Gender and Governance Adviser make the case for gendered political economy analysis as a foundational element of inclusive and impactful development programming.


CAUGHT OUR EYE

  • Bhutan’s third National Assembly elections were held successfully, with a record voter turnout of 71%. Lotay Tshering, leader of the winning Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party, was elected as the Prime Minister.
  • Long-delayed parliamentary elections were held in Afghanistan in October. Final results of the elections are awaited.
  • General elections were held in Bangladesh in December to elect members of the National Parliament, with a landslide victory for the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina.

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