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.



Key trends in Decentralised Development Co-operation financial flows and governance

This chapter provides an overview of Decentralised Development Co-operation (DDC) activities carried out by subnational actors in OECD-DAC countries since 2005, including qualitative information on DDC strategic planning, and its contribution to aid effectiveness. The basis for the assessment is data reported to the OECD DAC Creditor Reporting System (CRS) as Official Development Assistance (ODA), as well as literature reviews and expert consultations. The scope of DDC assessed therefore refers mainly to aid provided by the public sector other than the central government. When possible, data from the 2017 OECD survey on DDC activities are utilised to improve the accuracy of volumes. The second. The chapter also focuses on existing multi-level governance challenges, co-ordination mechanisms, and evaluation frameworks, and provides policy recommendations for the effective implementation of DDC activities.


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