Webinar Series: Decentralization and Local Development around the World

Announcing the Local Public Sector Alliance Webinar Series for 2021-22

In countries around the world, the inclusiveness and efficiency of the public sector depends on the way in which functions and resources are distributed among different government levels or administrative tiers.

While countries tend toward more decentralized governance and more localized service delivery in the long run, the pendulum does not always swing in the same direction. As such, it is important to ask whether progress has been made toward more inclusive and effective decentralization or localization in countries around the world since the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formulated in 2015.

The Local Public Sector Alliance—in collaboration with the World Bank Subnational Governance and Decentralization Global Solutions Group, UNDP, UNCDF and other partners—is pleased to announce the Global Decentralization and Local Development Webinar Series for 2021-2022, covering each of the global regions:

Decentralization and local development in…Dates
Asia September 13-17, 2021
Sub-Saharan AfricaDecember 6-10, 2021
Latin American & CaribbeanFebruary 7-11, 2022
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)March 7-11, 2022
OECD & Eastern Europe and Central Asia April 11-15, 2022
Global trends June 6-10, 2022

* Tentative dates. Subject to revision. Details for each region’s webinars will be announced a month in advance.

Decentralization in each global region will be the focus of a week-long series of knowledge sharing events

The webinar series will consider the state of decentralization in each global region and discuss the political economy forces that have shaped the progress on decentralization and localization (or the lack thereof). In addition, webinar sessions will explore what development practitioners, scholars and civil society organizations can do to encourage evidence-based decentralization and localization reforms that promote more inclusive, effective and sustainable development.

More information

The Local Public Sector Alliance is an alliance of advocates for 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. These virtual knowledge sharing events are open to academics, researchers, government officials and public policy practitioners.

Pre-register, contribute or participate

Follow the links above for more information on each of the regional programs, or to pre-register for the global webinar series by signing up for the Local Public Sector Alliance newsletter and receiving regular updates about each of the regional programs:

Contact Jamie Boex or Serdar Yilmaz if you or your organization would like to contribute or participate in these webinars.


Page updated: August 30, 2021.