DeLoG Newsletter No. 9
Between 18 – 20 May we hold our 6th annual meeting in Brussels hosted by EuropeAid supported by Switzerland. The group has renewed its commitment to contribute substantively to shape the agenda and the outcome document of the 4th High level Forum on Aid Effectiveness end of November 2011 in Busan, South Korea as decentralisation and local governance continues to be an important building block for development partner strategies to improve governance and public services and to confront existing and emerging development challenges, such as fast urbanisation, growing social exclusion and ever bigger environmental challenges.
In this edition we feature “in profile” Tara Sharafudeen from the World Bank who is a longstanding and experienced member of the working group for now more than four years. In her interview she focuses on two of her projects the “South Asian Decentralization Series”, a joint initiative with AusAID and the “Policy Facility for Decentralization, Local Governance and Service Delivery” that she presented at our annual meeting.
We are also pleased to inform you that the training course on “Harmonisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance is now available online on our website. The course was jointly developed by ECDPM, The Hague Academy for Local Governance and Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. This important instrument for improving joint support strategies in DLG is as well available at train4dev, a joint donor`s competency development network where the group is a member.
As you can see from the new outline of the Newsletter the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation and Local Governance has changed its abbreviation from DPWG-LGD to DeLoG that was chosen out of various proposals made by group members through an election process. We are currently in the process to adapt our web address to the new name and we will inform you as soon as the new address is operational. Our current address remains valid until end of 2011 to avoid any problems in accessing our website.