2019 Q3 Edition

LOGIN POST

From the Secretariat

The third quarter of 2019 has been momentous for LOGIN, effecting the shift from a regional Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation programme to an independent association from 1st August 2019. The period has been marked by the setting up of new systems and procedures to support the forward-looking agenda of the Network.

Parallel with the support for learning and engagement priorities already identified by members for the current year, the Secretariat, with member institutions of the Network, advisors and partners, is engaged in scoping long-term interests of this learning and change coalition active in the Asia region. Efforts have also been invested in seeding collaborations across member institutions and with international fora and alliances for enhanced outreach and impact of Network activities and learning.

IN FOCUS

Strategising Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals

LOGIN was represented at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held on 8 July 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants included delegates from ASEAN member countries, specifically representatives of national development planning agencies. The meeting brought together planning agencies/inter-agency platforms overseeing the progress of SDG implementation at national and sub-national levels to strategise on leveraging cooperation in the region. LOGIN shared insights on SDG localisation, drawing on Network experiences and learning.

Local Governments for Resilient and Sustainable Development

LOGIN members, Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN) and National Association of Rural Municipalities in Nepal (NARMIN), in coordination with National Reconstruction Authority-Nepal and United Cities and Local Governments in Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC), organised the South Asia Conference on Deliberative Role of Local Authorities in Disaster Management, Energy and Climate Actions, held from 10-11 June, 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The objective of the conference was to share local experiences and practices on implementing global agendas, with specific reference to disaster management, renewable energy and climate actions. The LOGIN Secretariat curated and shared lessons from Kerala (India) and Sri Lanka on legislative and institutional mechanisms, and on the role of local governments in disaster management and preparedness.

MEMBER UPDATES

Launch of Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus

The National Commission for Women and Children Bhutan (NCWC) and Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW) launched a joint initiative for gender equality in Thimphu in August. The initiative, Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus (BWPC), will address the need for women role models at leadership and decision-making levels by facilitating and supporting women leaders in gaining people’s trust and confidence. The initiative follows the learning visit LOGIN had facilitated of NCWC and BNEW delegation to Mongolia to learn about the Mongolian women parliamentary caucus. Media coverage

Democracy Award for Resource and Support Centre for Development

Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD) received the first-ever Democracy Award instituted by the State Election Commission of Maharashtra, India. The award was given in recognition of RSCD’s sustained efforts towards enhancing effective participation of women in elections for local governments. RSCD's Director, Mr. Bhim Raskar and State Coordinator, Ms. Malati Sagne received the award from the Vice-President of India, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu.

Praja's Elected Representatives Fellowship Programme for Better Governance

Praja Foundation, India has initiated a collaborative fellowship programme for better governance in the city of Delhi. The Praja Elected Representatives Fellowship aims to provide Delhi’s Municipal Councillors with a fully dedicated team of individuals as their research assistants and to provide exposure to students to participate in the process of governance. Through the period of the fellowship, the fellows engage with various stakeholders in the process of governance such as elected representatives, administrative staff and experts. In the first year of the fellowship, 12 fellows have successfully completed their 6 - month fellowship. Details

Knowledge Store

Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2019
The 50th edition of this series presents the latest statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, environmental, and SDG indicators for 49 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to serve as a resource for information on development issues across the region for a wide audience, including policy makers, development practitioners, government officials, researchers, students, and the general public.


CAUGHT OUR EYE

  • Seal of Good Local Governance becomes an Act in Philippines
  • Presidential elections held in Afghanistan from end September 2019
  • Flooding and landslides add to fatalities, displacement and losses that continue to challenge local resilience across South and East Asia

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