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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.

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Selected DDC Best Practices

Best practices in the implementation of DDC activities were collected through the OECD Survey, which shows that there is a diversity of practices reported by the respondents as “success stories” or relevant cases for replication or transfer in other contexts. Table A B.1. shows that the majority of the DDC programmes and projects reported by DAC countries are concentrated in Africa, followed by Latin America and Asia. Only a few initiatives are located in Eastern Europe and Middle East. The best practices presented often target education, water and/or environment issues.

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