LPSA’s Expert Working Group on Asia brings together government officials, policy practitioners, scholars, civil society organizations, and citizens who share an interest and expertise on decentralization, multilevel governance, intergovernmental relations, local governance and local development in Asia.

Working group leadership and coordination

The LPSA Expert Working Group on Asia is jointly co-chaired by Madhavi Rajadhyaksha (OPM India); Rachana Shrestha (ADB); and Peter Yates (The Asia Foundation). The Asia EWG Co-Chairs can be reached by email at asia@decentralization.net.

Working group purpose and activities

The LPSA Expert Working Group on Asia seeks to assess, advance, and share the state of global knowledge on decentralization, multilevel governance, intergovernmental relations, local governance and local development in Asia.

The working group’s activities include:

  • Quarterly working group meetings, in order for working group members to update each other on decentralization reforms and relevant public sectors reform projects across the region; and to identify topics of mutual interest to the Working Group’s members;
  • Advance the general state of knowledge on decentralization and localization in Asia, including through the application of the LoGICA Framework, the Intergovernmental Fiscal and Expenditure Review (InFER) Framework, and the preparation of reports on the State of Local Governance Institutions in Asia;
  • Explore topics of mutual interest and advance the state of knowledge further through research and other knowledge development efforts, by mobilizing the Working Group’s collective resources and/or by linking to other LPSA resources and Working Groups as relevant. Topics of mutual interest may include areas such as inclusive governance and local democracy; community-led development; localizing SDGs; community-led development; fiscal decentralization and subnational revenue mobilization; cities and urbanization; and subnational climate action.
  • Knowledge sharing. The Expert Working Group aims to keep its members as well as the larger (global) Community of Practice informed on relevant reforms, trends, and policy research in Asia, by sharing relevant news and information through Decentralization.Net and by organizing webinars and other knowledge sharing events where relevant and possible.

Asia Expert Working Group Meetings

The LPSA Expert Working Group on Asia aims to meet at least on a quarterly basis. Working group meetings are announced on LPSA’s Events Calendar.

Working group membership

The LPSA Expert Working Group on Asia and its meetings are open to LPSA’s membership and to the general public. You can join the Expert Working Group and receive reminders and updated from the Asia Working Group by opting-in to the working group as part of your free LPSA Membership registration.

Other LPSA Expert Working Groups

LPSA’s Regional and Thematic Expert Working Groups are an integral part of the Local Public Sector Alliance and operate under Terms of References issued by the Alliance. LPSA Expert Working Groups are coordinated by the LPSA Advisory Board.