LPSA’s Thematic Working Group on Fiscal Decentralization and Subnational Finance brings together government officials, policy practitioners, scholars, civil society organizations, and citizens who share an interest and expertise on fiscal decentralization, multilevel government finance, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and subnational financial management.

Working group leadership and coordination

LPSA’s Subnational Finance Working Group is jointly co-chaired Titilola Akindeinde (Executive Director, LOGRI), Gundula Löffler (Research Fellow, ODI), and Elton Stafa (Senior Expert, NALAS). The Subnational Finance Working Group Coordinator is Marina Jandrevska. The Subnational Finance Thematic Working Group Co-Chairs and Coordinator can be reached by email at finance@decentralization.net.

Working group purpose and activities

The LPSA Thematic Working Group on Subnational Finance seeks to assess, advance, and share the state of global knowledge on fiscal decentralization, multilevel government finance, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and subnational financial management. In other words, the Subnational Finance Thematic Working Group seeks to elevate the global debate on decentralized finance and localized expenditures in countries around the world.

The working group’s activities include:

  • Quarterly working group meetings, in order for working group members to update each other on fiscal 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 fiscal decentralization and localization, including through the application of the LoGICA Framework, the Intergovernmental Fiscal and Expenditure Review (InFER) Framework;
  • 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 the assignment of functions and expenditure responsibilities; the assignment and collection of own revenue sources; intergovernmental fiscal transfers; and subnational borrowing, debt, and alternative financing mechanisms.
  • Knowledge sharing. The Thematic 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 the realm of fiscal decentralization and subnational finance, by sharing relevant news and information through Decentralization.Net and by organizing webinars and other knowledge sharing events where relevant and possible.

LAC Thematic Working Group Meetings

LPSA Thematic Working Groups aim to meet at least on a quarterly basis. Working group meetings are announced on LPSA’s Events Calendar.

Working group membership

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

Other LPSA Working Groups

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