The Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) was initiated in December 2010 with the mission to promote inclusive societies and global development by enhancing the understanding of decentralization and localization as complex, cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder reforms.

Decentralization.Net is LPSI’s online platform for sharing information with (and from) the global community of practice interested in issues related to decentralization and localization. The content of the platform is managed by its Editorial Board.

In addition to sharing news and information on decentralization and localization efforts from around the world with the global community of practice, the initiative seeks to strengthening systems of intergovernmental relations, multi-level governance practices, subnational public finance management, local public service delivery and local economic development efforts in developing and transition countries around the world by engaging in targeted policy research on the local public sector.

Over the years, the initiative has been supported by a broad partnership of researchers, multi-lateral and bilateral development agencies, research institutions, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and national and subnational government organizations, united with the common purpose of unlocking the potential of the local public sector in achieving inclusive development.