We have been delighted to see a lot of you present at the CIB Annual Meeting in Vienna in September. We are excited to start implementing the discussions, starting with the CIB Gender Strategy work, the SDG study and a coordination call with CIB members related to the UCLG World Congress.
Indeed, there has been no escaping from the fact that UCLG World Congress in Durban is swiftly approaching. Many of you will have been busy with the preparations for quite some time now. We are wishing you the best of luck with the final preparatory work and are looking forward to seeing you in South Africa soon, hopefully at our CIB activities!
In the meantime, please find the newest CIB newsletter below! Thank you for your contributions.
Jessie Post, Joyce Langewen & Thymen Ballering
CIB Working Group Secretariat
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This lessons-learned brief captures and synthesizes the experiences of African national statistical offices (NSOs) in producing governance-related statistics. It will be relevant for anyone who is interested in the new statistical domain of governance, peace and security (GPS), whether to monitor SDG 16 or for any other purpose, and who is looking for guidance from those who can speak from experience. Senior government officials and chief statisticians contemplating the production of official statistics on GPS to enable national reporting on SDG 16, or on other national or regional commitments in this area, will learn from this brief what led their peers to embark on this new stream of data collection, and the strategies they used to muster political commitment and cultivate broad-based demand for GPS statistics throughout the process. Similarly, international development organizations and donors keen to support sound investments in this new area of official statistics will find in this brief a series of practical recommendations on how best to do so, offered by statisticians who were at the forefront of the SHaSA pilot on GPS statistics, many of whom have since been producing GPS statistics regularly.
MEGA is an initiative of Barcelona Metropolitan Area in cooperation with Lyon Métropole and Intendencia de Montevideo and partly funded by Metropolis through its pilot projects program. The aim of MEGA is to exchange knowledge on how metropolitan areas address governance in the energy transition process towards a low-carbon society. The project was launched in June 2017 and finished in July 2019.
The Overseas Development Institute's newest report (by Veronique Barbelet) explores capacity and complemantrity within local humanitarian action. Humanitarian action has been a mainly international endeavour, where power continues to lie with donors, UN agencies and large INGOs. This led to a call at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 for humanitarian action to be as ‘local as possible, as international as necessary’, which has inspired numerous debates and initiatives, including the Grand Bargain. Among the challenges to a more local humanitarian action have been two central issues: capacity and complementarity. On the one hand, international and national actors have called for more recognition of existing local capacity and support to strengthen it – through more direct and better-quality funding as well as investment in capacity strengthening. On the other hand, some international actors (including donors) have voiced concerns over a lack of local capacity in many contexts. In the localisation debate, there is a growing discourse calling for a new division of labour between local and international actors, in order to bring about greater complementarity, which is primarily concerned with rebalancing power relations in the humanitarian sector. To better inform humanitarian action that is as local as possible and as international as necessary, the Humanitarian Policy Group at Overseas Development Institute launched a two-year research project on capacity and complementarity in 2017. The project explored two central questions: How can capacity be better understood and applied to support more complementary and collaborative humanitarian responses? What are the opportunities for and obstacles to harnessing the capacity of and forging more effective complementarity among local, national, regional and international actors responding to humanitarian crises? The report [attached] draws on research conducted during the project, including an initial paper reviewing literature and practice that provides a diagnosis of current challenges; a case study on the response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, which delves deeper into questions of localisation in a refugee context; and a case study on the humanitarian response to conflicts in South Kivu and Kasai Central in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which looks at capacity and complementarity in protracted and emerging conflict contexts. Author: Veronique Barbelet, Senior Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Source: ODI