From 25-27 August 2015, over 50 participants came together in a joint learning event organised by DeLoG and ADB (Governance Thematic Group), hosted at ADB Headquarters in Manila. Government officials and development partner organisations such as ADB, AFD, Canada, Danida, DFID, EU, GIZ, UN-Habitat, UNDP and Worldbank coming from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua, Pakistan, Philippines, and Vietnam, discussed around the state of decentralisation and local governance reforms in their respective countries.
In his welcoming remarks, ADB Vice President Bambang Susantono stressed the need for investments and domestic resource mobilization at the local level in the context of sustainable development goals while Nepal Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi delivered a keynote speech, stressing the importance of having such a learning opportunity for the large Nepalese delegation as the country is about to approve a new constitution that will also include a territorial reform. The overall objective of this three-day regional learning seminar was to enable a structured exchange of information and experiences and to provide a forum for joint learning of participants from successes and failures in supporting decentralized governance. A variety of international resource persons where invited, amongst others Roy Bahl, Regent Professor, Georgia State University and Paul Smoke, Professor at the New York University.
The event focused on the political economy of Asian DLG reforms, sector decentralization, aid modalities, fiscal decentralization, as well as social accountability systems and the new SDG framework and how it can be implemented at the subnational level.
Please find enclosed the Report of the Meeting.