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.



Executive summary

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 by the United Nations set the global agenda for the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Cities and regions are at the forefront of the policies that are central to this agenda and people’s well-being, from water to housing, transport, infrastructure, land use and climate change. One role they can play is to help their peer cities and regions around the world and this is what decentralised development co-operation (DDC) is about: when cities and regions from one (often developed) country carry partner with cities and regions from another (often developing) country. This report analyses the striking and positive evolution of DDC over the period 2005-15 and suggests policy recommendations based on lessons learned.


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