DeLoG, the Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance, has been created in 2006 and comprises 29 bi- and multilateral development partners. It aims at improving development effectiveness in the field of decentralisation and local governance (DLG) through the promotion of more harmonised and aligned interventions.

DeLoG acts as a platform for the exchange of experiences and knowledge amongst development practitioners, thereby creating synergy effects for harmonised and coordinated DLG activities. The network’s main activities are to

  • share and disseminate knowledge through a website and newsletters;
  • conduct studies on issues of crucial importance for the improvement of development effectiveness in the area of DLG;
  • generate evidence-based advocacy for DLG in the international development debate;
  • contribute to the design of joint development partner support strategies;
  • conduct and facilitate joint learning events for more effective support to DLG.

In 2008, a secretariat has been established for the coordination of the network, located at GIZ in Bonn, Germany. The secretariat provides analytical competency for policy formulation and dialogue around issues of development effectiveness in the field of DLG and coordinates and guides the implementation of the agreed upon activities.