2019 Q2 Edition

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From the Secretariat

The past quarter has been significant for the Network in terms of taking forward collaborations and alliances with partners and peers, sharing experiences and innovative learning approaches, and facilitating constructive dialogue and conversations on transforming local governance.

The Network's collective learnings and insights have been leveraged in strategic forums to identify gaps, entry points and systemic interventions for local and sub national governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Here’s a look back at the key markers of the quarter that was.

IN FOCUS

Joint Workshop on Enhancing Capacity of Local Governments in Localising Sustainable Development Goals

In April, LOGIN collaborated with Decentralisation & Local Governance (DeLoG), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Asian Development Bank and UCLG Asia Pacific to organize a workshop on localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Siem Reap, Cambodia in April. The workshop aimed to enhance the capacity of local governments and their associations in contributing to the achievement of the SDGs and enable local government representatives to contribute to the preparation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. Details

Women Leadership Forum in Mongolia

LOGIN was represented at the Women Leadership Forum in Mongolia in June, which was co-organised by the Parliamentary Secretariat of Mongolia, United Nations Development Programme and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The LOGIN Secretariat facilitated an exchange of experiences among Mongolian, Indian and Bhutanese women politicians. Women politicians representing MONFEMNET and LOGIN members, Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW) and The Hunger Project (THP) India were part of the experience-sharing session.

Participation in Annual Meetings of Peer Networks

Effective Institutions Platform Annual Meeting

LOGIN’s peer to peer (P2P) learning partnership between members, BNEW and THP India, to empower women elected representatives was showcased at the 2019 Effective Institutions Platform (EIP) Annual Meeting as an adaptive approach to P2P learning for institutional change.

DeLOG Annual Meeting

LOGIN participated in the Annual Meeting of DeLOG which focused on localising SDGs, fiscal decentralisation, local economic development and decentralisation and local governance in fragile contexts among other issues. Details

MEMBER UPDATES

Convening Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Local Government Act in Pakistan

Sangat Development Foundation (SDF), Pakistan organised a stakeholder consultation on the recently introduced Punjab Local Government Act 2019 in Lahore. Civil society organizations and other key stakeholders including parliamentarians, local government elected representatives, media and academia gathered to discuss key features and gaps in the new bill. A key issue raised at the convening by SDF was the inclusion of youth in local politics and governance – SDF had participated in the LOGIN learning event on youth engagement in local governance last year.

Media coverage: https://lnkd.in/f5g9fT2

Seeding Ideas for Youth Participation in Rural Community Building in India

Following up on seeding the concept of a Youth Council (along the lines of the Philippines' successful Sangguniang Kabataan model) in Kunariya village of Kutch district, Gujarat, India, the SETU Abhiyan representative pitched the creation of a Digital Youth Group as a platform to share ideas and facilitate learning. More on the event

Facilitating Constructive Engagement between Civil Society and Local Administration in Myanmar

As part of the Deepening Social Accountability (SAcc) Project in Myanmar, Oxfam in collaboration with Scholar Institute and Spectrum Sustainable Development Knowledge Network (all three LOGIN members) convened a Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Networking and Review Workshop. The SAcc project aims to facilitate constructive engagement between CSOs and local administration for transparent and people-centred policies, programmes and budgets. More on the event

As part of SAcc’s initative to engage and empower youth to participate in governance, two Youth Workshops were organized in Pathein Township, Ayeyawaddy Division and Hpa-an Township, Kayin State. More on the workshops

Convening International Consultation on Enhancing Capacities of Local Levels in Nepal Local Development Training Academy (LDTA) organized an international conference on Enhancing Capacities of Local Levels in Nepal as part of the 'Improving Local Governance Training through Capacity Enhancement on Research and Analysis' (ILGT-CERA) project led by LDTA, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA). Along with local stakeholders presenting their perspective on the challenges and opportunities in capacitating local governments in the country as it transitions into federalism, the international experience was presented by participants from India, Japan and the LOGIN Secretariat.

The Hunger Project India

The Hunger Project India has released its #ElectedtoLead film series showcasing elected women leaders working to empower their communities and transform local governance. Watch

Accountability Initiative

Accountability Initiative has launched a podcast series, The Eureka Moment, on ideas that can transform India’s governance in the future.

MEMBER SPEAK

Milind Mhaske, Director, Praja Foundation, India
Peachy Aguado, Executive Director, National Movement of Young Legislators, The Philippines

Knowledge Store Pick


CAUGHT OUR EYE

  • General elections were held in India in months of April and May. The incumbent government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a second term.
  • Midterm elections were held in Philippines in May for about 18,000 congressional and local posts, including 81 governors, 1,634 mayors and more than 13,000 city and town councillors in 81 provinces.
  • General elections were held in Indonesia in April. For the first time in the country's history, the president, the vice president, members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and members of local legislative bodies were elected on the same day with over 190 million eligible voters. Incumbent President Joko Widodo won a second term.

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