Network News August 2012

The topics covered in this issue are:

1. Where Do we Go from Here – Continuing the Advocacy for Democratic Local Governance Throughout ASEAN
2. Passing the Baton to the Local Government Associations (LGAs)
3. For the Pilot Cities the Journey Continues
4. The DELGOSEA Replication Methodology



The News

1. Where Do we Go from Here – Continuing the Advocacy for Democratic Local Governance Throughout ASEAN

DELGOSEA might have reached the end of its project lifetime, but the advocacy efforts are set to continue! One of the main issues occupying the delegates at the final conference was the question of how to best to continue the promotion of better representation of local governance issues on the regional level. A roundtable discussion bringing together high-ranking representatives from all the project countries as well as UCLG-ASPAC gave the opportunity to explore this question and discuss ideas for the way forward.



2. Passing the Baton to the Local Government Associations (LGAs)

The Local Government Associations (LGAs), representing the local governments in the five project countries, have always played an important part in the DELGOSEA project. Over the last few months, however, their role in supporting pilot cities and ensuring the continuation of best practice exchanges has become even more crucial. The DELGOSEA project is coming to an end, the national coordinators are moving on – it is time, therefore, for the LGAs to step up and take center stage in the transnational exchange of best practices and the advocacy for democratic local governance on the ASEAN level.



3. For the Pilot Cities the Journey Continues

DELGOSEA gave the initial spark and matched best practices with pilot cities – now that the EU co-funded project is winding down, however, it is up to the individual cities to continue the work and ensure that the project results can be sustained in the long run. The cities are taking to the task with great enthusiasm, and it was fascinating to hear during the final conference from so many of them, outlining their plans for the future.


4. The DELGOSEA Replication Methodology

Publications are an important element of DELGOSEA’s holistic approach to sustainability, and the project team is delighted to announce the availability of a ‘Handbook of Best Practice Replications’ to complement the existing brochures, guides and leaflets.


We wish you all the best!
The DELGOSEA Team