Network News October/November 2012

The topics covered in this issue are:

1. The Future of the DELGOSEA Network

2. A Key Role for UCLG ASPAC in the Advocacy for Democratic Local Governance Throughout ASEAN

3. Looking Back on Some Amazing Years - One Last Interview with Project Manager Susanne Stephan

4. Exit Strategies: Continuing DELGOSEA in Each Project Country

The News

1. The Future of the DELGOSEA Network

The DELGOSEA project has now reached the end of its incarnation as a EU-cofinanced project, but the DELGOSEA network will continue! It has been confirmed that, through the support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), funding will be available to concentrate on two main aspects of the original project.

2. A Key Role for UCLG ASPAC in the Advocacy for Democratic Local Governance Throughout ASEAN

These are excellent news for the DELGOSEA network: During the UCLG ASPAC congress, the establishment of a ‘DELGOSEA Standing Committee’ was recommended by the Executive Bureau Meeting and subsequently endorsed by the Council of UCLG ASPAC. This committee will be charged with continuing the advocacy work for democratic local governance throughout ASEAN.

3. Looking Back on Some Amazing Years - One Last Interview with Project Manager Susanne Stephan

The clock is ticking for DELGOSEA’s project manager; at the end of October 2012 it will be time for Susanne Stephan to say goodbye to the DELGOSEA network and to the Philippines. Having steered the project to success over the last 30 months, she reflects on her experiences.

4. Exit Strategies: Continuing DELGOSEA in Each Project Country

DELGOSEA has reached the last month of its incarnation as a EU-cofinanced project – from 1 November 2012 onwards, the network will start its new life as an independent cooperation of local government actors throughout Southeast Asia. This step has been well prepared and all project countries have developed a so-called exit strategy to ensure that DELOGSEA activities will continue. It will be more of a new beginning than an exit!