Hold the Date: Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America & the Caribbean

Effective decentralization and localization—including subnational governance systems that empower and encourage local leaders to promote inclusion and equity—form an important precondition for resilient, inclusive, sustainable, equitable and efficient development.

With this understanding in mind, the Local Public Sector Alliance wants to take stock—on a region by region basis—of the state of decentralization and localization around the world. Next up: Latin America & the Caribbean. What is the state of decentralization and local development in Latin America & the Caribbean?

Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America & the Caribbean – Knowledge Sharing Week, February 7-11, 2022

As part of its global webinar series on Decentralization and Local Development around the World, the Local Public Sector Alliance—in collaboration with the World Bank Subnational Governance and Decentralization Global Solutions Group, UNDP, UNCDF, and a number of other global partners—is pleased to convene a series of knowledge sharing events on Decentralization and Local Development in Latin America & the Caribbean, including:

  • Regional overview of decentralization and localization reforms in Latin America & the Caribbean. A panel discussion by experts from the World Bank, UNDP, and other regional experts on trends on decentralization and localization in Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Decentralization and localization: Country Experiences. A presentation and discussion of country reform experiences from the region.
  • Researcher/ practitioner exchange. Knowledge sharing events will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to have an exchange on policy-relevant research on decentralization and local development in Latin America & the Caribbean.

Details and registration information

Details and registration information for the specific knowledge sharing events on decentralization in Latin America & the Caribbean will be made available in January 2022. Pre-register here to receive program updates:


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 January 9, 2022. Further details and application materials are available online here.