The overall objective of this three-day open course on fragility, decentralisation and local governance was to enable a structured exchange of information, experiences, lessons learnt and good practices. In short, the central questions for the learning event were: what lessons can be learnt from support to decentralisation and local governance in different types of fragile contexts by international development partners? When is support to DLG reforms reasonable? How can development partners increase the effectiveness of their DLG support within fragile contexts? The course presented an overview of the latest international thinking on the nexus between fragility, decentralisation and local governance (incl. national and intergovernmental aspects of DLG), and provided participants with an opportunity to exchange experiences, jointly analyse concrete cases and discuss new ideas and approaches to strengthen decentralisation reforms and local governments in fragile contexts. The training took place in 2015.
The course helped participants to:
- Distinguish and characterise dimensions and types of fragility and assess in what ways these different types impact the enabling environment for support to DLG;
- Reason the objectives for decentralisation in fragile contexts and structural entry points for DLG processes;
- Discuss critically to what extent DLG support in fragile contexts could have counterproductive effects;
- Develop ideas for assessing and measuring the impact of interventions;
- Incorporate good practices and lessons learned from development partners’ experiences in supporting DLG in fragile contexts into their own programming and project design
- A 3-days condensed and in-depth course on fragility, decentralisation and local governance, with a participatory and interactive approach was given for around 40 participants of different donor agencies;