Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America & the Caribbean

Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America & the Caribbean – Knowledge Sharing, July 27-28, 2022 [Updated dates!]

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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—is pleased to announce a series of knowledge sharing events 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?


Decentralization and local development in Latin America & the Caribbean: Outstanding Paper Awards

As part of its ongoing effort to promote high-quality, policy-relevant research on issues related to decentralization and local development in Latin America & the Caribbean, the Local Public Sector Alliance is offering a number of awards for outstanding papers on decentralization and local development. Although the award is open to all, the award is targeted at young scholars and emerging researchers from around the world.

A US$ 500 prize will be awarded to the winner for the best research paper submitted on a topic related to decentralization or localization in Latin America & the Caribbean, while US$ 250 will be awarded to two regional runners-up. In addition, the winning paper will be considered as part of the global award. The author of the Global Outstanding Paper will receive a total award of US$ 1000.

The awards are open to recent research papers (whether unpublished, working papers or published) covering a range of fields and topics related to decentralization and local development in Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC), including—for instance—research studies related to the inclusive and responsive nature of local governments in the LAC region. Other relevant topics might include analyses of the administrative capacity of local governments or local administration; analyses of local government finances or intergovernmental fiscal relations; studies analyzing multi-level governance arrangements or functional assignments; or studies related to the vertical or intergovernmental aspects of public service delivery efficiency or the localization of the SDGs or sustainable development in one or more sectors (e.g., the local provision of education, health, water and sanitation, climate, urban services, and so on). Papers are generally expected to focus on a single country, although comparative studies will also be accepted.

The submission deadline for research papers on decentralization and localization in Latin America & the Caribbean is June 24, 2022 [Updated deadline!]. Further details and application materials are available online here.