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At its regional meeting held 4 April 2017 in Catbalogan City, Philippines, UCLG-ASPAC presented the preliminary results of the study on institutional frameworks of local governments in 30 Asian countries, of which CDIA supported the national assessments of China and Mongolia.
With CDIA-GIZ Program Coordinator Claudia Hermes and Capacity Development Adviser Thomas Hagedorn in attendance at the meeting, the study reflected the critical role of local governments in each country, and the gaps that need to be addressed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support the New Urban Agenda.
Over the past 12 months, UCLG-ASPAC has made the immense effort to evaluate and compare the institutional frameworks of local governments in 30 Asian countries. The study was patterned after a similar analysis of local governments in African countries undertaken by Cities Alliance a couple of years ago.
The evaluation took into account aspects like legislative frameworks, financial transfers and local government’s own revenues, capacity building, transparency, citizen and women’s participation, as well as environmental issues and aspects related to climate change. Each category followed a scoring scheme, which assigned different values according to the observations made. The scoring scheme was used to compare results across countries.
Next steps to complete the study include revision of the data basis, preparation of the comparative study and delivery of a paper with policy recommendations on how to increase the efficiency of local governments.