Aid Effectiveness, Decentralisation & Local Governance 2012

The project delivered of two training workshops in 2012: a four-day workshop in Bern, Switzerland (41 participants) and a three-day training workshop in Mozambique (40 participants). The workshop in Bern targeted a global audience of Development Partner organisations, while the Mozambique workshop targeted a combination of locally active stakeholders, including the staff of Development Partner organisations active in the country, central government officials and local government officials and civil society organisations.

Participants discussed the concepts of decentralisation, its history and rationale, and the coherence and complementarities between its different elements of fiscal, administrative and political decentralisation. They also learned to recognize key features of political economy analysis and learning on how political economy diagnostics can be useful to understand decentralisation and local governance. Moreover, their theoretical knowledge to understand the concepts of political decentralisation, local governance and domestic accountability was broadened. They also talked about fiscal decentralisation and mobilisation of own revenues as a way to strengthen accountability, and about the relationship between decentralisation and sector-support programmes. Furthermore, they broadened their knowledge of the basic concepts of administrative decentralisation across and within sectors, with such concepts as deconcentration, delegation, devolvement and divestment; the subsidiarity principle and multi-level governance. In addition, they learned to design joint support strategies for decentralisation and its challenges, including issues such as sequencing, entry points and capacity building, and to monitor and evaluate of support to decentralization

Objectives:

  1. To enhance the capacity of the donor organisations, Ministries, local governments and NGOs targeted stakeholders in the implementation of harmonised and aligned support to decentralisation and local governance;
  2. To promote closer interaction among all interested stakeholders, and discuss national level support strategies to decentralization and local governance.

Deliverables/Outcomes:

  • Participants were introduced to the concepts of decentralization and its different elements of fiscal, administrative and political decentralization;
  • Participants learned to recognize key features of political economy analysis and learning on how political economy diagnostics can be useful to understand decentralisation and local governance;
  • Participants’ theoretical knowledge to understand the concepts of political decentralisation, local governance and domestic accountability was broadened;
  • Participants were introduced to fiscal decentralisation and mobilisation of own revenues;
  • Participants broadened their knowledge of the basic concepts of administrative decentralization;
  • Participants they learned to design joint support strategies for decentralisation and its challenges.

Partners:

  • ECDPM