Local governance can address drivers of insecurity and conflict by enhancing government responsiveness and accountability to local people, including for the diverse needs of heterogeneous populations. The role of political decentralization, in signaling agreed vertical and territorial dispersal of power, can also be essential. Yet, the way local governance structures emerge – whether by political decentralization, emergence from central state collapse or otherwise – and address conflict is highly context-specific. This session looks at the intersection between local governance and peacebuilding efforts in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, to ask what we can learn about the relationship between them. (This session is co-hosted by UNDP and DeLoG).
Wednesday, March 9, 2022: 8 am NYC/DC (2 pm CET/Rabat; 3 pm Cairo; 4 pm Baghdad)
|Introduction to Webinar Session||Tehmina Akhtar, Senior Strategic Adviser, UNDP Arab States (Moderator)|
|Political Decentralization and Peacebuilding in Iraq||Dr. Maher Hammad Johan, Deputy Minister of Planning, Republic of Iraq|
|Political Decentralization and Peacebuilding in Libya||Larissa Riepl, GIZ Libya|
|Political Decentralization and Peacebuilding in Somalia||Fridah Karimi, UNDP Somalia|
|Discussion / Q & A||Moderator, audience, and panelists|
This webinar is part of the Local Public Sector Alliance Knowledge Week on Decentralization and Local Development in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA)