On October 17, 2018 DeLoG has conducted a webinar, led by Paula Lucci (ODI) and Tim Auracher (GIZ) who discussed the key role that local governments play in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the key commitment to ‘leave no one behind’. The webinar has taken place in the context of DeLoG’s ongoing e-learning course ‘Enhancing Development Effectiveness for Decentralisation and Local Governance’ (October 1 – December 3, 2018).
Agreed in the United Nations in 2015, the SDGs constitute an ambitious agenda that will shape development efforts over the next 13 years. Up to 65% of SDG targets could be at risk should local urban stakeholders not be assigned a clear mandate and role in the implementation process. This session provided background on the SDGs and reflected on where the 2030 Agenda stands, particularly in terms of local government involvement. It has also been discussed to which extent cities are on track to achieve the SDGs based on current trends and provided a series of emerging examples on what cities, particularly in Latin America, are doing to implement the SDGs. Some of the challenges of localising the SDGs and the role of donors in this agenda have been elaborated upon as well. In addition, a case study from a GIZ programme offered insights into the particularities and opportunities of localising the SDGs in Benin.
The recording of the webinar is available here:
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About the experts:
Paula Lucci is a Senior Research Fellow with the UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Over the last years, she has undertaken policy-focused research on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation in local areas, particularly cities. Paula joined ODI in November 2011. She has over ten years’ experience in economic development research and policy analysis. She has also done work on migration and on the role of the private sector in development. Prior to joining ODI, Paula was Managing Economist in a private sector consultancy and has worked for think tanks in developed and developing countries, such as, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Centre for Cities, the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society in Oxford, and CENIT in Argentina. She also has experience working for the public sector in Argentina and Mexico. She holds an MPhil in International Development from Oxford University and an MSc in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University.
Tim Auracher is Head of the GIZ Programme ‘Support to Decentralisation and Municipal Development in Benin’, leading a team of about 60. His thematic areas include localising SDGs, Agenda 2030, fiscal decentralisation and local finance, municipal administration, civil society participation and local democracy. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in development, with a focus on governance and DLG in particular (conceptualisation and implementation of projects, knowledge management, consulting). Having joined GTZ for the first time in 2002, Tim Auracher has held several positions in various countries (Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Indonesia, Cambodia) and at GIZ HQ. He studied political science and international studies in Bonn and at the University of Birmingham (UK) and holds a Master degree in political science from the University of Bonn.