Reshaping Decentralised Development Co-operation

The Key Role of Cities and Regions for the 2030 Agenda

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Over the last decades, and in line with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, cities and regions have played an important part in helping to implement global agendas at local level through their Decentralised Development Cooperation (DDC) activities. This report analyses the evolution of financial flows, emerging trends and innovative paradigms related to the development co-operation of local and regional governments, including but not limited to official development assistance extended by sub-national governments. It promotes a territorial approach to development co-operation and provides policy recommendations to maximise the effectiveness, benefits and outcomes of DDC at all levels, while acknowledging the diversity of approaches, definitions and concepts across OECD DAC countries active in DDC.



Decentralised Development Co‑operation to promote healthcare, agriculture and food security: The case of Flanders

This chapter presents the case of Flanders, Belgium on DDC to promote healthcare, agriculture and food security, mainly through the cooperation activities of the regional government in Malawi and Mozambique. It shows a singular approach to DDC that usually focuses on ODA support and involves local and regional governments in partner countries through their national governments. This DDC model shows the effectiveness and impact of a strategic focus on few sectors and countries as well as the peculiarity of a region acting as a traditional donor following the aid effectiveness principles.


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