UCLG Africa’s Session through ALGA during the World Congress of UCLG : “Promoting the Principles of Effective Governance in Africa: Peer Learning among African Local and Regional Governments”

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, the second Day of the UCLG World Congress, UCLG Africa, through its African Local Government Academy(ALGA) took the opportunity and global space of this Congress and its Local4Action Track, in Daejeon, South Korea, to organize a Session on “Promoting the Principles of Effective Governance in Africa: Peer Learning among African Local and Regional Governments”, as an opportunity to raise awareness about the cruciality of Effective Governance for Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) not only in Africa, but globally, as a key lever to promote and anchor Decentralization, to enhance Local and Regional Governance, and above all to impact the local and regional Development. On the proposal and thanks to the efforts of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN-CEPA), the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has adopted eleven (11) Principles of Effective Governance, as part of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular SDG 16 which calls for “Promoting the advent of peaceful and inclusive societies for the purposes of sustainable development, ensuring access for all justice and establish effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

These principles, declined down into some 62 Strategies to support their implementation, constitute a framework of reference and evaluation of institutional capacities and aim to assist the Member States of the international community in their commitment to build Public Institutions, at all levels of governance, effective, accountable and inclusive in order to achieve Sustainable Development. These Principles are based on 3 fundamental pillars, namely: Effectiveness, Accountability and Inclusiveness. The main objective of this session was to inform and raise awareness about the existence of the 11 Principles of Effective Governance adopted by ECOSOC in 2018 and allowing the ownership of such Principles by the LRGs. And it was the opportunity to:

– Publicizing, popularizing and disseminating the 11 Principles of Effective Governance among LRGs, in particular in Africa;

– Demonstrating to what extent LRGs in Africa are committed to implementing and anchoring Effective Governance in their vision, leadership and governance;

– Sharing on the best way to create a supportive, facilitating and enabling environment for the implementation of these Principles at Local and Regional level;

– Exploring niches of collaboration with UCLG World Secretariat and its Regional Sections on the Principles of Effective Governance;

– Identifying training and capacity building needs in this area.

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