Activity 8: Capacity Building for Local Government Associations (LGAs)

Status: Finalised; Month: 18th - 26th November 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand (originally scheduled for August; extension due to activity 4 and 7))

Brief Description

In November 2010, the capacity building for coaches was provided through a seven days training program, aiming to capacitate coaches to facilitate and monitor the replication process of best practices on local governance in 16 selected pilot cities in the five participating countries Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The target group of this training programme were 67 experts and staff members from local government associations, the local government apparatus, NGOs and from academia from the five participating countries who are ready to get trained as coaches to support pilot cities in the replication of best practices.

 The specific objectives of the training were:

  1. Coaches understand the basic concept of local governance in the four thematic areas: People’s Participation, Institutional Governance, Urban Environment and Fiscal Management.
  2. Coaches adequately understand the key success and challenges of the selected best practices (BPs) in the context of the four thematic areas.
  3. Coaches are able to assist the pilot cities in the development of transfer concepts (a. adjustment of BPs into the local political, economical, social and cultural framework of the respective pilot cities, b. Development of implementation strategies).
  4. Coaches are able to facilitate the sustainable replication process of selected best practices.
  5. Coaches understand the tools for monitoring and are able to monitor the progress of BP replication.

Training content and approach:

Based on the training curricula, developed during activity 7, the seven-day workshop’s programme was delivered in plenary as well as working group sessions. The plenary sessions focused on crosscutting issues, such as the general introduction into training objectives, country presentations on the status of local governance from the five participating countries, the roles of the different actors as well as the next steps to develop the transfer concepts as well as reporting and monitoring.

In the parallel training sessions, participants were grouped together based on their selected thematic area, ensuring the transnational exchange of participants from all five countries. The parallel sessions focused on the introduction of best practices from the respective four thematic areas, their content, challenges of implementation and innovative elements. For group discussions training methods, such as “World-Café”, “Fish Bowl” or “Marketplace” have been used. In some cases it has even been possible to involve mayors from best practice places to join the workshop and provide first hand information on their experiences during best practice implementing to the participants.

The trainings have been carried out by a group of trainers, consisting of chief-trainers with support of co-trainers for each of the four thematic areas. To ensure consistency between the development of training materials and the actual training, chief-trainers have already been involved in the development of training materials. The training program was coordinated by an international expert (Ruth Gruber) specialised in training methodologies and in working with local governments. Further support was given by another expert for the training sessions on monitoring and reporting.

Key discussion points/lessons learned:

  • The political will of the respective mayor and decision-makers; good leadership and appropriate budget allocation;
  • The adoption and translation of best practices into the specific political and legal frameworks of the pilot cities;
  • Partnership between the private and public as well as between local government and civil society. Only through partnership with civil society real ownership and impact can be achieved;
  • Consideration of cross-cutting issues, such as urban environmental aspects. Holistic approach interlinking all four thematic areas with each other is important.

Outcome

Quantification of Results:

  • 67 experts on local governance have been equipped to function as coaches for the replication of best practices in SEA (23 pax from the Philippines, 15 pax from Thailand, 15 from Indonesia, 8 pax from Cambodia, and 6 pax from Vietnam); the coaches have also been provided with training certificates.
  • From the 67 participants, 13 participants have been specifically trained to support the BP facilitation in “Fiscal Management”, 19 participants in “Institutional Governance”, 15 participants in “Peoples Participation and 20 participants in “Urban Environment”.
  • 1 press conference at the beginning of the workshop to broadly distribute the project and the capacity building program.

 Qualitative Results:

  • The participants understood their role and communication processes during the BP replication process.
  • All participants gained in-depth knowledge about the status of decentralisation in the five project countries.
  • Participants have been sensitised on the different cultural backgrounds they are coming from and implications that might bring for BP replication.
  • Participants have gained in-depth knowledge of the different best practices, challenges, risks and opportunities during BP replication.
  • Participants have been equipped with the tools to function as coach during BP replication, including training and monitoring.
  • Networking amongst best practice places, pilot cities, and LGAs has been strengthened between the five countries.

Please find the Training Materials for the Training of Trainers here.