Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, UNDP’s Director of Democratic Governance, describes the integral role that viable, effective, multi-level governance must play in achieving the post-2015 development agenda in a post on UNDP’s Our Perspective page. In addition to service delivery, local governments are critical intermediaries between the people and the state for reconciliation and the re-establishment of the social contract and facilitating the multi-level and multi-stakeholder process necessary for effective, sustainable development.
Fraser-Moleketi highlights the recent 8th Annual Meeting of the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralization and Local Governance (DeLog) where the UN hosted 27 multilateral and bilateral organizations working to further effective multi-level governance. At the meeting, representatives assessed possible entry points for integrating local governments into the Post-2015 Agenda. According to Fraser-Moleketi, “Placing local governance at the centre of ongoing deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda is a must.”
Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi previously discussed the importance of participatory local governance in the Post-2015 agenda, and the outcomes from the February 2013 thematic consultation in South Africa.