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City-to-City Partnerships to Localise the Sustainable Development Goals

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City-to-city partnerships and decentralised development co-operation (DDC) can play a key role in advancing the SDGs and in addressing global megatrends, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and other shocks. This report discusses the framework conditions for effective city-to-city partnerships and takes stock of existing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. As a complement, it proposes a systemic monitoring and evaluation framework for city-to-city partnerships to localise the SDGs, combining self-assessment and SDG indicators. This framework aims to bridge the gap in terms of measuring the progress of cities engaged in partnerships on the 2030 Agenda and their compliance with the G20 Rome High-Level Principles on city-to-city partnerships for localising the SDGs. The report also presents lessons learned from a pilot-testing of this new framework and highlights policy implications and ways forward to enhance the sustainability, transparency and accountability of city-to-city partnerships, in a shared responsibility across levels of government and stakeholders.

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Rationale and frameworks for assessing city-to-city partnerships

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) mechanisms can enable partners involved in city-to-city partnerships to carry out dialogues on what works and identify opportunities for improvement. Yet, assessing city-to-city partnerships remains a challenge and often lacks a quantitative component. The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a tool to improve the M&E of city-to-city partnership projects and their contribution to achieving global goals. This chapter takes stock of existing checklists and self-assessment tools of relevance to city-to-city partnerships and identifies persistent gaps. It also provides the rationale for a complementary framework to gauge the effectiveness of partnerships at the subnational level and in particular measure progress towards achieving the SDGs and their compliance with the G20 High-level Principles on city-to-city partnerships to localise the SDGs.

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