Localizing the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Background The post 2015 development agenda has been engaging one of the largest and longest multi-stakeholder deliberations starting from 2012. The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) estimates that almost two million individuals from all corners of the world have taken part in  the global consultation process. The multi stakeholder dialogues were conducted in two phases.The first  phase…

All Development is Local: implementing programs of empowerment to ensure sustainable development

Four organizations came together during the 2014 World Bank Annual Meetings to discuss the importance of local-level and women-centric programming to ensure sustainable development for all. The main argument defended that if there is not local democracy and development methodologies conducive to empowering citizens, human dignity is neither recognized nor preserved. Without human dignity, therein lies…

Local Government and Human Rights: A progress report by the Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Council

The Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Council presented its progress report on the role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights (A/HRC/27/59)  for the 27th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, on September 4, 2014. Local Government is one of the seven thematic issues the Advisory Committee is…

Decentralization in Ukraine: An antidote for conflict

Recently decentralization has been surfacing in European and U.S media as a solution for the current conflict in Ukraine. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, have openly endorsed decentralization as a means to curb the continuing destruction of human life and regain safety in the region. Could power sharing between the different regions and…

Free UCLG Online Course: Decentralization and Local Governance

The UCLG Decentralization and Local Self-Government Committee, in collaboration with Goberna, School of Politics and Government Research Institute  Ortega y Gasset are offering the fifth online Course on Decentralization and Local Governance. This course will be held from September  25 through December 21, 2014.The learning experience will be rooted in useful technical knowledge to aid the development of theoretical tools and practices. Participants will strengthen…