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Advanced Seminar in Brussels July 2012

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Jorge Rodriguez Bilbao17 July 2017

Advanced seminar: Decentralisation & Local Governance

 The purpose of the advanced seminar is threefold:

  • to critically take stock of the new policy agendas and opportunities at field level for promoting decentralisation and local governance;

  • to exchange knowledge, lessons of experience and good practices on how to engage strategically in the political arena of decentralisation with a view to achieve better development and governance outcomes;

  •  to contribute to developing a critical mass among EC staff holding the necessary skills to support decentralisation processes efficiently and professionally.

 

Agenda:

Monday 02 July

Review of the country context and the evolving international development framework

9.30 – 10.00

Session 1.1. Introduction

Welcome by Angelo Baglio (Head of Unit D2)

Roundtable of the participants

Presentation of the seminar objectives and methodology by ECDPM 

10.00 – 11.00

Session 1.2. The context in which participants work: Place, roles and challenges of decentralisation

Presentation of the key findings coming out of the survey sent to participants in advance – ECDPM

Work in Buzz groups to explore the context in which Delegations operate

11.00 – 11.20

Coffee break

11.20 – 11.45

Restitution of the buzz groups

Discussion around the findings/key points discussed by the participants

11.45 – 13.00

Session 1.3. Decentralisation from many angles

Panel discussion of 3 Delegations (Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and Lebanon) to present different country contexts and related engagement strategies

First reaction by Emmanuel Gayraud, followed by discussion and Q&A

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

Session 1.4. Case study – ACORDS (Madagascar)

Presentation and discussion of a practical case study exemplifying the challenges and dilemmas faced by the EC in the decentralisation arena:

The ACORDS programme in Madagascar by Jorge Rodriguez (D2)

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee break

15.45 – 17.15

Session 1.5. The evolving international development context with regard to decentralisation and local governance

Presentation on key policy changes and resulting implications/challenges for the decentralisation & local governance agenda by ECDPM

Presentation of the key findings from the Thematic evaluation of EC support to decentralisation by Jorge Rodriguez (D2)

Buzz groups and restitution on key implications of this new agenda and identification of new windows of opportunities to invest in governance

Tuesday 03 July

Managing the political dimensions of decentralisation

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9.00 – 9.15

Key notes of Day 1

9.15 – 10.45

Session 2.1. How are EU Delegations addressing the political dimensions of decentralisation

Interactive panel discussion involving 4 Delegations (Dominican Republic, Kenya, Afghanistan and India)

 Q&A

10.45 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00

Session 2.2 Adopting a political economy approach to decentralisation

The general concept of Political Economy Analysis and its gradual uptake by the EU (with reference to DEVCO Note) by ECDPM

Presentation and practical exercise on the PEA approach by Francois Vaillancourt

Restitution and Q&A

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

Session 2.3. Using different strategies (and aid modalities) to strengthen the political and societal base and demand for decentralisation

Presentation on Decentralisation and Budget Support by Jean Barbe

Presentation on the case of Ghana by Daria Fane

Short presentation by ECDPM on choice of aid modalities in support of decentralisation

Q&A

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee break

15.45 – 17.15

Session 2.4. Organising an effective multi-actor policy/political dialogue around decentralisation

Presentation of conceptual framework in line with PPCM chapter, and key lessons by Clara Molera

Buzz groups and restitution

Wednesday 04 July

Using decentralisation as a trigger to foster better development outcomes and governance

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9.00 – 9.30

Key notes of Day 2

Short presentation on the ‘logic’ behind Day 3 by ECDPM

9.30 – 10.45

Session 3.1. Decentralisation and improved public service delivery

 

Interactive panel discussions involving 3 – 4 Delegations

Central African Republic, Lesotho, Morocco and Philippines

Q&A

10.45 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00

Session 3.2 Integrating local governments in sector support programmes

 Presentation on Budget Support in Decentralised environments by Jorge Rodriguez

 Q&A

Presentation on Broadening the scope of the debate further than Aid Modality: What do we need to know about the Local Public Sector in order to design effective development interventions? By Jorge Rodriguez

Q&A

Buzz groups and Restitution

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

Session 3.3. Decentralisation and inclusive growth/local economic development

Short framing presentation by Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi

Presentation of a practical case study (Mozambique)

Q&A

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee break

15.45 – 17.15

Session 3.4. Decentralisation and improving domestic accountability

Short framing presentation by ECDPM

Q&A

Practical exercise + Restitution

18h-21h

Dining cocktail offered by DEVCO

Thursday 05 July

What does all this mean for future EU engagement in decentralisation and local governance?

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9.00 – 9.15

 

9.15 – 10.45

Session 4.1.

This morning session is kept free for additional working groups

 During the first three days participants can highlight the pending topics that they feel have not been covered – discussions/exercises/panels will then be organised around these.

10.45 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00

Session 4.2.  Grand panel with external experts

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 14.45

Session 4.2. Overall synthesis and prospective analysis on changes required in EC approaches to decentralisation and local governance

Presentation synthesis

Plenary discussion

14.45 – 15.45

Session 4.3.  Agreeing on a future path for EU support to decentralisation and local governance: strategic and operational challenges

15.45 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 16.30

 Conclusions and Closure

 

 

Participants give their views on the workshop: what attracted them to attending, any surprises so far and what they want to see fin terms of follow up actions.

 

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