On November 7, 2018 DeLoG has conducted a webinar on Decentralisation and Local Governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings. The webinar was led by Nicolas Garrigue (UNDP). It aimed to provide an enhanced understanding of the role that local governance can play in securing sustainable pathways to peace and development in fragile and conflict-affected settings, and of the different factors that shape the success of decentralisation and local governance approaches in such contexts. It took place in the context of DeLoG’s currently ongoing e-learning course ‘Enhancing Development Effectiveness for Decentralisation and Local Governance’. The webinar started with recalling what the commonly-accepted features of ‘fragility’ are while also underlining the great diversity of fragile contexts – and hence the difficulty to draw any general conclusions when it comes to the best approaches for supporting decentralisation and local governance in such settings. Such concepts as state-building, peace pathways and social contract were explained and linked to the core functions of local governance. In that way, a theoretical basis on how transformation of local governance systems in fragile and conflict-affected settings can be an engine of peace and development was provided. The pros and cons for decentralisation, i.e. an ambitious political, administrative and fiscal state reform process perceived as the most elaborate and complex option for transforming local governance, were presented in brief.
The webinar also provided insights into different aspects of designing and implementing local governance programmes in fragile and conflict-affected settings, including context analysis, results framework, conflict sensitivity, gender equality, operational challenges and impact evaluation. Finally, case studies from Somalia and Myanmar were presented.
The recording of the webinar is now available here:
Please click here to view the presentation slides.
About the expert:
Nicolas Garrigue has been working with UNDP as Senior Consultant on Local Governance in Crisis-Affected Settings since 2012. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years working in the field for different international organisations, including UNOPS, UNDP and UN missions, in the areas of rural development, local governance and democratisation. He has spent a good share of his professional engagement in fragile and crisis-affected countries (e.g. Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, East Timor, Haiti, Myanmar, Palestine), assisting with the building and strengthening of national and local governance systems and with post-disaster and post-conflict early recovery. Nicolas has authored UNDP’s Guide on Local Governance in Fragile & Conflict-Affected Settings (2016) as well as UNDP’s Signature Product on Restoring Local Governance Functions after a Disaster (2015). He holds a M.Sc. degree in Rural Development Studies from Montpellier University, France.