Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America & the Caribbean – Knowledge Sharing, July 27-28, 2022
Program sessions included:
- The outlook of decentralization and intergovernmental fiscal relations in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Wednesday, July 27, 2022) – A panel discussion by experts from IADB and other regional experts on trends on decentralization and localization in Latin America & the Caribbean.
- Decentralization in Latin America and the Caribbean: Reforms on the horizon. (Thursday, July 28, 2022) – A presentation and discussion of country reform experiences from the region, including Chile, Colombia, and Peru.
The Local Public Sector Alliance is an alliance of advocates for more inclusive and effective decentralization and local development. One of the Alliance’s objectives is to bring together the global Community of Practice around Decentralization and Local Development in order to share knowledge and ideas in an evolving global context.
As part of its global webinar series on Decentralization and Local Development around the World, the Local Public Sector Alliance—in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank Subnational Governance and Decentralization Global Solutions Group, UNDP, UNCDF, and a number of other global partners—hosted two knowledge sharing events in July 2022 on Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
While countries tend towards greater decentralization and localization in the long run, the pendulum does not always swing in the same direction. What has been going on in terms of decentralization and localization in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean? Has progress been made towards more inclusive and effective decentralization or localization in different countries; has the degree of decentralization been stagnant; or are countries backsliding? What political economy forces have been shaping the progress on decentralization and localization (or the lack thereof) in the region? And what can development practitioners, scholars and civil society organizations do to encourage evidence-based decentralization and localization reforms that promote more inclusive, effective and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean?