From January 24th to 28th 2011 the first pilot training course on Harmonisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance took place in Brussels hosted by the EC (Devco). This DeLoG initiative was born in 2008 in order to use a joint training tool as an instrument to move towards a more harmonised approach on decentralisation and local governance amongst DPs. The course is based on the DeLoG general and specific guiding principles. Besides Decvo and the DeLoG Secretariat (GIZ), Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands made part of the subgroup that worked on designing the course.
A total of 38 participants of these DP agencies based in HQ and around 20 partner countries all around the world provided the critical mass for this pilot course. Generally the course was perceived very well amongst the participants who confirmed the necessity of getting a deeper understanding on how decentralisation processes can be more effectively supported by DPs by designing better support programs and through improved harmonisation amongst donors. The provided feedback will now be analysed and processed to feed into the final version of this first generic training course, expected to be finalised by mid May.
Pilot Training Course The course will then be made available on the train4dev website, a joint donors‘ competence development network that aims at promoting improved aid effectiveness for poverty reduction through enhanced donor co-operation in the field of competence development and training. The training will be presented at the DPWG-LGD annual meeting in Brussels to motivate more DPs to join this initiative. It is as well foreseen to implement the training on regional and country level to support harmonisation efforts on the field level.