News

27/02/2017

Philippines

50 years of ASEAN – Paving the way for Local Dynamics in a Regional Context

The Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia (DELGOSEA) in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Philippines and its partner United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), held its landmark conference entitled, “50 years of ASEAN – Paving the way for Local Dynamics in a Regional Context” from 16-17 February 2017 at The Discovery Primea , Makati City.

05/10/2016

Good Practices in Waste Management from Indonesia and the Philippines

During the recent DELGOSEA workshop in Siem Reap, the focus was on waste management worldwide, with participants learning from international experts and each other how to improve solid waste management in their own communities. The second article in our series on the different experiences looks at good practices and experiences from the Philippines and Indonesia.

15/09/2016

ASEAN: “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held its 28th and 29th Summit at the National Convention Centre (NCC) in Vientiane, Lao PDR last 06-08 September 2016 with a theme of “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”. The Summit was attended by heads of State from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

12/09/2016

Exchanging Information on Waste Management in Asia and Europe

During the recent DELGOSEA workshop in Siem Reap, the focus was on waste management worldwide, with participants learning from international experts and each other how to improve solid waste management in their own communities. The first article in our series on the different experiences looks at the Asian context and the German approach.

29/08/2016

Lao People's Democratic Republic

LDA EU co-funded Project in Laos – one Year Update

One year ago, the Learning for Development Association (LDA), DELGOSEA’s CSO member in Laos, started partnering with Oxfam Novib and four other CSOs to implement a EU-cofunded project on Capacity Development for Citizen-led Inclusive Development (CD-CID) – has the first year been a success?

12/08/2016

Waste Management Captures DELGOSEA’s Imagination in Siem Reap

Waste mountains are rising as the ASEAN region becomes more prosperous – the recent DELGOSEA workshop on waste management looked at good practices for managing solid waste from around the globe and debated how to turn ASEAN into a frontrunner for innovative approaches to handling waste.

08/08/2016

Focusing on Communication – the DELGOSEA Network Council’s Brainstorming Session

What can the DELGOSEA Network Council do to support the DELGOSEA national groups in the different countries to help them expand the network? This was the main question discussed at a lively meeting on 2 August 2016 in Siem Reap, with many suggestions put forward by the representatives of the National Steering Councils.

23/07/2016

Next DELGOSEA Workshop will Focus on Waste Management

The second DELGOSEA workshop of 2016 will take place in Cambodia, focusing on the exchange of best practices in the area of waste management worldwide.

14/07/2016

Indonesia

In Limelight: Metro City's Development Planning through Participatory Budgeting

Coming TOGETHER starts a beginning. Keeping TOGETHER drives progress. Working TOGETHER spells success. This has been the primary aim of Indonesia’s Metro City in enabling the involvement of society in decision making. Let us take a closer look on how they’ve implemented their Participatory Budgeting Program. Their local government used this as a tool to accumulate suggestions of applicable development plan. After obtaining information and data, society can then play an active role in developing their region based on the rule of Society Empowering Program. This includes three priority fields: physical, economic and socio-cultural fields.

03/07/2016

A New Face in the DELGOSEA Office

The DELGOSEA team is growing – Ronna Villanueva has joined the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in Manila as a programme manager with responsibilities for DELGOSEA activities.

13/06/2016

Philippines

The Provincial Floating Clinic: Delivering Healthcare Right at Your Doorsteps, Province of Sorsogon, Bicol, Philippines

Bringing a medical doctor closer to the people is what the provincial government of Sorsogon had in mind to respond to the pressing health-related problems of the province. This month’s best practice features the provincial government of Sorsogon’s Provincial Floating Clinic, which consists of mobile type of clinics using a motorized boat roving along the depressed coastal communities. The vessel is fully equipped with capable medical and dental staff, medicines, communication services, ambulance, and skilled crew. The services offered by the clinic include minor surgery, emergency paramedic services, health education and sanitation, and community organization.

06/06/2016

Cambodia

Results from Waste Management Survey in Cambodia Published

Decentralisation is progressing well in Cambodia, with waste management being the latest set of responsibilities to be transferred to the municipal level. The National League of Communes/Sangkats (NLC/S), supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in Cambodia, has just completed a survey to find out about current practices and future challenges for waste management in the country.

31/05/2016

Indonesia

Creating a Child-Friendly City in Surakarta, Indonesia

Our featured best practice for this month looks at the city of Surakarta, better known as Solo, that has made great and impressive progress towards becoming a child-friendly city, putting children first.

26/05/2016

Bangkok Workshop: Exploring the DELGOSEA Vision for Good Local Governance

The first DELGOSEA workshop of 2016 saw nearly 40 network members and observers from eight ASEAN countries come together in Bangkok to brainstorm on the network’s vision of good local governance and decentralisation.

09/05/2016

Looking ahead to the next DELGOSEA Meeting

For the first time in 2016, the key DELGOSEA network members will get together for a workshop in Bangkok focusing on decentralisation and the importance of good local governance in ASEAN.

14/04/2016

DELGOSEA Members Concerned about Waste Management in their Communities

Results of a recent survey amongst the DELGOSEA membership showed that for the vast majority waste management was a priority issue – but only 11% felt that their municipality was tackling the issue very well.

08/04/2016

Thailand

A New Network for Building Resilient Cities in Thailand

Showing awareness of the rising threat climate change poses for their country, mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.

16/03/2016

Thailand

Case study – Innovative Waste Management in Thailand

In the city of Nonthaburi, close to Thailand’s capital of Bangkok, coordinated efforts to tackle the problem of solid waste management both through promoting waste reduction and through turning organic waste into compost has shown some impressive results.

08/03/2016

Philippines

Best practice: Gender Mainstreaming in Quezon City

What better day than International Women’s Day to draw attention to a best practice on gender mainstreaming in local government from the Philippines – courtesy of the League of Cities of the Philippines(LCP) and DELGOSEA’s partner, UCLG ASPAC, who first published an article about this great initiative.

26/02/2016

Calling for Good Practices in the Area of Waste Management

Do you know of an innovative approach to waste management? Or are you engaged in creating ‘green cities’ or working towards a low-carbon community? We would like to hear from you!

12/02/2016

DELGOSEA Resources on Waste Management

In preparation for the DELGOSEA workshop on waste management planned for April 2016, here is an overview of all the resources and information related to the issue of waste management that are available on the DELGOSEA website.

05/02/2016

DELGOSEA focus on waste management

In 2016, the DELGOSEA network will pay particular attention to the issue of waste management – sharing best practices from within the region and gaining inspiration from the rest of the world.

12/01/2016

In the spotlight: League of Provinces of the Philippines

In the latest article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP).

05/01/2016

DELGOSEA Network is Planning for 2016

The DELGOSEA Network Council and the six National Steering Councils have developed their workplans for 2016, focusing on the expansion of the network to the remaining ASEAN countries and an increase of membership in the original member countries.

13/12/2015

Ready or Not? – A DELGOSEA Debate about the ASEAN Economic Community

The latest DELGOSEA workshop, which took place in Hanoi on 2 December 2015, focused on how prepared Southeast Asia was for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

09/12/2015

Indonesia

Turning Waste into Alternative Energy in Kendari, Indonesia

How to deal with the ever-growing mountain of waste has become one of the most important issues for local governments across the region – the city of Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi found a simple and effective method of turning the city’s waste into alternative energy in the form of methane gas.

27/11/2015

Second DELGOSEA survey on AEC Preparedness

Results of a second survey amongst members and friends of DELGOSEA showed that while the region is slowly getting prepared for the imminent arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) much still remains to be done.

17/11/2015

Upcoming DELGOSEA Meeting will Focus on ASEAN Economic Community

As the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) becomes reality in 2016, the DELGOSA network is exploring the preparedness of local governments across the region in a workshop in Hanoi from 1 – 2 December 2015.

11/11/2015

Philippines

South Cotabato: Presenting a Road Map to Integrity

The Philippine Province of South Cotabato has developed an impressive approach to promoting integrity in local governance as part of a EU-cofunded project, the “Partnerships for Integrity and Job Creation” (Project I4J).

16/10/2015

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Learning for Development Association a Crucial Partner in new Laos EU Project

The Learning for Development Association (LDA), DELGOSEA’s CSO member in Laos, is partnering with Oxfam Novib and four other CSOs to implement a EU-cofunded project on Capacity Development for Citizen-led Inclusive Development (CD-CID).

30/09/2015

DELGOSEA at the 2015 ASEAN Cities Mayors Forum

DELGOSEA featured strongly at the 2nd ASEAN Cities Mayors Forum, which was organised by UCLG ASPAC and took place in Makassar, Indonesia, from 8 – 9 September 2015.

20/09/2015

Philippines

Impressive Good Practices from the Philippines

During a conference on 25 August 2015, organised jointly by the ‘Partnership for Integrity and Job Creation’ (Project I4J) and DELGOSEA, nine local government units (LGUs) from across the Philippines presented their approach to improving integrity in local governance.

15/09/2015

Newsflash: DELGOSEA Network Council Adopted the DELGOSEA Charter

During a meeting on 7 September in Makassar, Indonesia, the Network Council agreed unanimously with the draft of the DELGOSEA charter and adopted it as a new basis for the network.

02/09/2015

A Charter for the DELGOSEA Network

The latest meeting of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee (SC) on 24 August 2015 in Manila focused on organisational matters: changes to the network’s structure, a new monitoring and evaluation scheme, plans for 2016 and – most importantly – a DELGOSEA Charter.

19/08/2015

The ASEAN Cities Mayor Forum – Registration Open Now

DELGOSEA is happy to be one of the partners of this year’s ASEAN Cities Mayor Forum, organized by UCLG ASPAC and taking place in Makassar, Indonesia, from 8 – 9 September 2015. Registration is open for any interested municipal leader from an ASEAN country.

16/08/2015

Happening soon: DELGOSEA Conference on “Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs”

In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Partnerships for Integrity and Job Creation (Project i4J), DELGOSEA is organising an international conference on “Local Partnerships for Integrity and Job Creation in ASEAN: Learning from the Philippine Example” on 25 August 2015 in Manila.

06/08/2015

Cambodia

Cambodia Prepares for Decentralisation of Waste Management

In preparation for the transfer of responsibility for waste management to the municipal level, the National League of Councils (NLC) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Cambodia conducted a consultative meeting on 31 July 2015.

24/07/2015

Philippines

Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process – a New Approach from the Philippines

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), one of DELGOSEA’s long-term partners in the Philippines, is supporting and showcasing an innovative approach to developing and implementing budgets on the local level.

10/07/2015

Indonesia

New Collection of Best Practices from Indonesia

The Indonesian local government association APEKSI has just published the latest edition of its annual collection of best practices gathered from municipalities across the country.

28/06/2015

Cambodia

In the spotlight: Cambodian Civil Society Partnership

In the latest article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the Cambodian Civil Society Partnership (CCSP).

15/06/2015

ASEAN Economic Community – What will it Mean for SMEs?

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is aiming for regional economic integration by the end of 2015 for all ASEAN countries – how will this affect small and medium-sized enterprises and local governments throughout the region?

01/06/2015

Indonesia

In the spotlight: Association of City Governments of Indonesia

In the latest article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the Association of City Governments of Indonesia (APEKSI).

17/05/2015

PLATFORMA Seminar Provides Capacity Building for Asian LGAs

Organised in cooperation with UCLG ASPAC, the PLATFORMA event in Manila, gave DELGOSA members the opportunity both to share their experiences and to learn more about recent developments in Local Economic Development.

06/05/2015

DELGOSEAs Plans for 2015

During a meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) on 30 April 2015 in Manila, the network discussed the activities for 2015 – events, policy papers and advocacy actions.

15/04/2015

DELGOSEA Standing Committee Meeting Coming Up in Manila

For the first time in 2015, the members of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee (SC) will get together on 30 April in Manila to discuss future activities of the network in 2015.

31/03/2015

Disaster Preparedness – A Big Issue for DELGOSEA Countries

In these times of climate change and increased risks of natural disasters, it is vital for countries in Asia-Pacific to be well prepared. DELGOSEA best practices can provide inspiration on disaster preparedness for other communities in the region.

09/03/2015

Thailand

In the Spotlight: National Municipal League of Thailand

In the sixth article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the National Municipal League of Thailand (NMT).

26/02/2015

Philippines

Decentralisation and local governance conference in Manila

Two long-standing DELGOSEA partners in the Philippines, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF), organised a national conference on good governance on 12th February 2015 in Manila.

10/02/2015

DELGOSEA Members Optimistic about the ASEAN Economic Community

Results of a recent survey amongst the DELGOSEA membership showed that members are getting prepared for the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year, which eases the free movement of goods, services and people across the region.

30/01/2015

Philippines

Outstanding Local Governance Programmes Awarded in the Philippines

The Philippine awarding agency, Galing Pook, has chosen the 10 most inspiring best practices in local government in 2014, coming from all corners of the Philippines and representing innovative approaches to good local government.

20/01/2015

Cross-Border Inspiration for Vietnamese Cities

Representatives of three Vietnamese cities, Tay Ninh, Hai Duong and Hue, spent productive days exploring Thai best practices to learn more about participatory local economic planning.

08/01/2015

Hanoi Workshop: Local Economic Development in a Time of Change for ASEAN

A 3-day workshop that took place from 9 to 11 December 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam, looked closely at the opportunities and challenges facing local governments in the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

31/12/2014

Looking Back on an Important Year for DELGOSEA

From our big conference in January in Bangkok debating ‘5 years ASEAN charter’ to the set-up of new decision-making structures for the network – 2014 was an eventful year for DELGOSEA.

09/12/2014

Viet Nam

ACVN’s Roadmap for the Role of Local Governments in the New AEC

ASEAN’s ambitious plan to create an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is becoming a reality in 2015 – and ACVN, Vietnam’s local government association (LGA), is well prepared for it.

02/12/2014

Coming up – Local Economic Development Training in Hanoi

The role of local governance in local economic development (LED) will be explored in a training workshop taking place in Hanoi from 9 to 11 December 2014, organised jointly by UCLG ASPAC, OXFAM, FCM and Rockefeller Foundation within the DELGOSEA framework

24/11/2014

Thailand

Turning Pakkret into a Low Carbon City

The Thai city of Pakkret, one of DELGSOEA’s original pilot cities, has been selected by the Municipal League of Thailand (NMT) to become one of 16 low carbon learning centres in Thailand.

12/11/2014

Viet Nam

In the spotlight: ACVN, Vietnam

In the fifth article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN).

29/10/2014

DELGOSEA Proves Inspirational for South Asia

During a high level symposium to promote regional cooperation and local economic development, organised by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) on 29th and 30th September 2014, DELGOSEA was presented as a model for cooperation of local governments across a region.

08/10/2014

Thailand

Short Memo: Spreading Chiang Rai’s Low Carbon Approach

Chiang Rai, one of DELGOSEA’s original pilot cities, which continued with its quest to become a low carbon city even after the end of the project, is becoming a best practice city in its own right.

25/09/2014

DELGOSEA at the EU-ASIA Dialogue on ‘Urban Climate Diplomacy and Resilience’

The experiences of DELGOSEA’s member cities in implementing policies to deal with climate change on a local level featured prominently in the most recent EU-Asia Dialogue meeting, held in Yangon from 4th to 5th September 2014.

11/09/2014

Cambodia

Short Memo: An inspirational best practice from Cambodia

Are you interested in innovative approaches to local health care?

04/09/2014

Cambodia

In the spotlight: NLC/S, Cambodia

In the fourth article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the Cambodian National League of Communes/Sangkats (NLC/S).

26/08/2014

DELGOSEA at Singapore's Policy Innovation Festival

DELGOSEA's best practices and pilot cities dominated the discussion at this year's Policy Innovation Festival that took part at Singapore's Lee Kuan School of Public Policy from 5 to 8 August 2014.

22/08/2014

A New Structure for the DELGOSEA Network

DELGOSEA is maturing: As a move towards greater independence from the original project structure, the network has decided to establish sound internal decision-making structures by setting up the DELGOSEA Network Council.

14/08/2014

First DELGOSEA workshop in Laos

For the first time ever, DELGOSEA met in Vientiane, Laos, for an intensive two-day workshop at the end of July 2014 to set up internal decision-making structures and to brainstorm on how local governments could best be prepared for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community.

11/08/2014

Thailand

Short Memo: Policy Innovation Award for Chiang-Rai

It was with great pride that Ms Suranid Ong-la from Chiang Rai Municipality accepted the award for the Most Inspiring Innovation for Sustainability and the Revitalization of Urban Spaces at the ‘Policy Innovations in Emerging Asia’ festival that was held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore in August 2014.

04/08/2014

Auf Wiedersehen Peter – and Willkommen Benedikt

DELGOSEA was saying an emotional goodbye to Peter Koeppinger during the last workshop in Vientiane, Laos, at the end of July 2014 – but also giving an enthusiastic welcome to his successor in Manila, Benedikt Seemann.

28/07/2014

New Leadership for the DELGOSEA Standing Committee

The DELGOSEA Standing Committee is firmly in female hands after electing Sri Indah Wibi Nastiti from the Indonesian local government association APEKSI as chair and Marisa Lerias from the Philippine League of Municipalities as co-chair during their meeting on 22 July 2014 in Vientiane, Laos.

15/07/2014

Next DELGOSEA Meeting Coming up in Laos

The next DELGOSEA workshop, taking place in Vientiane on 22nd and 23rd July is promising to be a new experience: for the first time ever, the core members are meeting in Laos!

08/07/2014

Viet Nam

Short Memo: Eco-Savers a Big Success in Vinh City!

Good news from Vinh City in Vietnam: The Eco-saver project, encouraging recycling in school children, is now being replicated in all primary and secondary schools in the city, transforming the city into a cleaner place.

02/07/2014

In the spotlight: LOGODEF

In the third article of our series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on the Filipino Local Government Development Foundation, LOGODEF.

10/06/2014

Philippines

In the spotlight: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

In the second article of our new series, where we are looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on KAS.

06/06/2014

Best Practices on the DELGOSEA website

Interested in finding out what other cities throughout the ASEAN region are doing well? Information on best practices in local governance is regularly put up on the DELGOSEA website: http://delgosea.eu/cms/Best-Practices/New-Best-Practices-2013

03/06/2014

Viet Nam

New ACVN project in Vietnam is keen to learn from the DELGOSEA network

Following the successful cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation within the DELGOSEA network, the Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN) has embarked on another partnership with KAS for a EU co-financed project. Inspired by what they heard about the DELGOSEA family, the three pilot cities look for partners in the DELGOSEA network that they could visit to learn more about best practices in local governance.

22/05/2014

In the Spotlight: UCLG ASPAC

As part of a new series of articles, looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on UCLG ASPAC.

06/05/2014

Thailand

Learning About Eco-Tourism in Thailand

The good cooperation between the local government associations of Thailand and Cambodia continued with the joint organisation of a study trip for Cambodian participants to Thailand in March 2014.

28/04/2014

Announcing the 4th Annual Shelter Academy 2014

Aimed at UN-Habitat partner Cities, the 4th Annual Shelter Academy: ‘Adapting & Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities’ will take place in the Netherlands from 1-4 September 2014.

07/04/2014

Cambodia

Progress in Cambodia on Best Practice Exchange

The National League of Communes/Sangkats (NLC/S) is recruiting a National Coordinator for the Promotion of Good Local Government Practices (GLGP) to work full time at NLC/S Office in Phnom Penh.

02/04/2014

Indonesia

DELGOSEA Pilot Cities Share their Experiences

Four of the original DELGOSA pilot cities were invited by UCLG ASPAC, one of the co-organisers, to present their experiences at the 5th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (5th HLS ESC).

27/03/2014

Philippines

“Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs” – a New Project for the Philippines

After the success of the DELGOSEA project, that was co-funded by the EU, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in the Philippines is implementing another project focusing on good local governance with co-financing from the EU Delegation in Manila.

13/03/2014

A Glowing Report Card for the DELGOSEA EU Project

A monitoring mission, taking place one year after the end of the EU-cofinanced first phase of the DELGOSEA network, concluded: “This project should be considered a best practice in the support of both Las and NSAs, and regional integration”. High praise, indeed!

07/03/2014

Philippines

Celebrating 50 years of KAS in the Philippines

On 20 February 2014, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) – DELGOSEA’s main partner and founder member – celebrated the 50th anniversary of the KAS partnership with the Philippines.

17/02/2014

Coming Up: DELGOSEA Presence at Events in the Region

The next few weeks will be busy for the DELGOSEA network with attendance at two regional events.

13/02/2014

Bridging the Gap between Local and National Level: The DELGOSEA Advisory Board

The DELGOSEA conference in Bangkok in January 2014 brought together representatives from both foreign and home ministries of several ASEAN countries – a wonderful occasion for a meeting to set up an Advisory Board for DELGOSEA.

07/02/2014

Core Members Meeting – Planning Ahead

The DELGOSEA conference that took place in Bangkok in January 2014, proved a good opportunity for the core network members – representatives of LGAs and civil society networks in six ASEAN countries – to sit together and fine-tune the work programme for 2014 and beyond.

03/02/2014

DELGOSEA Conference: Press Round-up

The DELGOSEA conference that took place in Bangkok in January was not only well attended and thought provoking, but also attracted press coverage throughout the ASEAN region.

23/01/2014

Bangkok Conference – 5 Years ASEAN Charter

Nearly 80 participants from 10 countries gathered in Bangkok on 15 and 16 January 2014 to discuss ASEAN as a value-based community.

05/01/2014

Indonesia

Promoting the Eco-Savers in Tarakan

Tarakan on the Indonesian island of Borneo has found a helping hand to promote the Eco-savers programme that is being implemented in schools around the city – a cute little TALING figure.

15/12/2013

Coming up in January 2014 – DELGOSEA Conference

The DELGOSEA core network and Standing Committee are excited to be staging the first conference of DELGOSEA II, on 15 and 16 January 2014 in Bangkok.

03/12/2013

Welcoming an EU Monitoring Mission

As part of the standard follow-up to a project co-funded by the European Commission, a monitoring mission was carried out by an evaluator from Europe, Carlos Schubert. It turned into a whirlwind tour – five cities in two countries in the space of just eight days (18 – 26 November). The aim was to investigate how project results were being sustained after the end of the project.

25/11/2013

Jakarta Workshop – Consolidating the DELGOSEA Network

Both the DELGOSEA Standing Committee (SC) and the core members of the wider DELGOSEA network got together again in Jakarta from 12 – 13 November to further consolidate the network and to look ahead to 2014.

22/11/2013

Thailand

Short Memo: Study Trip to Phuket

The city of Phuket, one of DELGOSEA’s best practice cities, was delighted to host a delegation from Surabaya City, led by the Mayor, Ms Tri Rismaharini, on 24 October 2013.

18/11/2013

Change at the Top of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee

The DELGOSEA Standing Committee has unanimously elected the Mayor of Lamphaya city, Thailand, Mr Khajohnkiat Nipatpokai, as the new chairperson of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee during its last meeting on 12 November 2013 in Jakarta.

05/11/2013

DELGOSEA Members are Focusing on ASEAN

Building Cooperation with ASEAN is the theme of DELGOSEA’s next workshop that is taking place on from 12 – 13 November in Jakarta. Attended by a range of influential decision-makers both from ASEAN and national ministries, the meeting aims to further explore the possibilities for the network of working with ASEAN on the regional level.

28/10/2013

Viet Nam

Short Memo: Tra Vinh is Sharing Pilot City Experiences

Tra Vinh, the Vietnamese city that successfully implemented the best practice of ‘E-Government in Public Administration for Local Economic Development’ was invited to share its experience in working with best practices during the inception workshop for a new EU co-funded project in Vietnam in October 2013.

24/10/2013

Indonesia

Preparations for the DELGOSEA November Meeting in Full Swing

In October, the DELGOSEA Standing Committee (DSC) had a series of preparatory meetings for the next workshop that is taking place in November in Jakarta and that will focus on DELGOSEA’s increasing cooperation with ASEAN.

10/10/2013

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Introducing the Learning House for Development – DELGOSEA’s First Member in Laos

DELGOSEA took another important step on the road to becoming an all-ASEAN network by welcoming the ‘Learning House for Development’, a civil society network from Laos, into the fold.

08/10/2013

Cambodia

Short Memo: Best Practices in Local Government from Cambodia

Cambodia is making good progress in developing best practices to share with other countries.

30/09/2013

Thailand

Thai DELGOSEA Members Spread the Word

Two workshops, taking place in Indonesia and Bangladesh, were a good opportunity for representatives of the Thai pilot cities as well as former DELGOSEA staff members to present the DELGOSEA experience to a wider audience.

18/09/2013

A Closer Look at the DELGOSEA Standing Committee

The DELGOSEA Standing Committee for Democratic Local Governance (DSC) has been up and running now for six months – here’s a closer look at the people behind it.

03/09/2013

Short Memo: New Best Practices Available on the DELGOSA Website

As part of DELGOSEA II, the exchange of best practices in local governance is continuing and the network is pleased to announce that the first new best practice can be downloaded from the DELGOSEA website.

30/08/2013

IUCN - A New Connection of the DELGOSEA Network

The Asia Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has become the latest high-profile connection of the DELGOSEA network, bringing with it vast experience and wide contacts in the area of environmentalism and good governance.

19/08/2013

One Year on: An Update from DELGOSEA’s Most Successful Pilot Cities

Exactly one year ago, DELGOSEA’s final conference saw all the pilot cities present their achievements in an impressive market place session. Many of these cities have not only continued but even expanded their activities, for example Kampot in Cambodia, Tarakan and Wakatobi in Indonesia, Vinh City in Vietnam as well as Pakkret and Chiang Rai in Thailand.

09/08/2013

Planning the Future of the DELGOSEA Network

After two intensive and productive days in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where the latest DELGOSEA workshop took place from 3 to 4 August, network members are confident that plans for expansion of the network and national as well as regional advocacy are progressing well.

29/07/2013

Philippines

Short memo: Bacolod Youth Home a Model of Eco-friendly Design

The construction of the first buildings of the Bacolod Youth Home finally started in April 2013. The first phase included the dormitories and the sanitation facilities to accommodate the first 30 young people.

25/07/2013

Short Memo: Gathering DELGOSEA Members in Siem Reap

DELGOSEA stays connected – six weeks after the Jakarta meeting, the network members will get together again from 3 to 4 August in Siem Reap, Cambodia to continue discussions about national advocacy activities and the expansion of the network to more ASEAN countries.

16/07/2013

Publicising ASEAN through the DELGOSEA Network

For DELGOSEA, cooperating with ASEAN is not a one-way street: the network is looking at ways to help the regional body to become better known and understood by people in the region – creating community awareness of ASEAN and its activities.

11/07/2013

DELGOSEA Jakarta Workshop: Focus on ASEAN

The latest workshop of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee, which took place from 24 to 25 June in Jakarta, concentrated on ASEAN: how is ASEAN structured, which of its priorities are of interest to DELGOSEA and how can a cooperation benefit both organisations.

08/07/2013

In Memory of Rudi Hauter

Rudi Hauter, former Secretary General of UCLG-ASPAC, has died suddenly and unexpectedly a few days ago in Germany.

05/07/2013

Short Memo: DELGOSEA at ARIAL

The interest in the DELGOSEA network and the experiences of its members continues to spread beyond Southeast Asia - latest stop are the Pacific Islands.

03/07/2013

DELGOSEA and ASEAN: How to Connect

The work of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee has begun in earnest: During an in-depth session at the recent dialogue workshop of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee in Jakarta, the network members discussed in what way DELGOSEA’s interests and activities are represented in the current structure and priorities of ASEAN.

19/06/2013

Short Memo: The Next DELGOSEA Meeting is Coming up

Taking place from 24 to 25 June in Jakarta and bringing together the DELGOSEA Standing Committee (SC) for Democratic Local Governance, the core members of the DELGOSEA network and guests from ASEAN as well as Indonesian ministries, the upcoming workshop will look at many relevant aspects of DELGOSEA’s work.

06/06/2013

Indonesia

Wakatobi in the Limelight

As part of the international conference on South-to-South cooperation, that took place in Yogyakarta from 26 to 28 May 2013, Ir. Hugua, the Regent of Wakatobi, proudly presented the achievements that have turned the former DELGOSEA pilot city into an international best practice.

23/05/2013

Indonesia

Short Memo: DELGOSEA as a Model for South-to-South Cooperation

The DELGOSEA network will gain further exposure during an international conference on South-to-South cooperation, taking place in Yogyakarta from 26 to 28 May 2013.

19/05/2013

Cambodia

Capacity Building for Kampot’s Eco-Savers

A training workshop on transparency, access to information and democratic accountability, taking place in Kampot from 6 to 10 May 2013, proved a huge success with the members of the Sangkat Councils, the municipal staff and councillors in Kampot, allowing them to extend and strengthen their skills in democratic local governance.

15/05/2013

Thailand

Taking Inspiration from Pakkret

News of Pakkret, one of DELGOSEA’s original Thai pilot cities, has spread to Singapore: on 10 May 2013, the municipality of Pakkret was proud to present their project for the conservation and development of the old waterfront market to Dr Eric Thompson, of the National University of Singapore.

12/05/2013

Indonesia

Focusing on ASEAN

The newly formed DELGOSEA Standing Committee is delighted to find synergies with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on ASEAN advocacy plans.

25/04/2013

Welcoming a New Member to the DELGOSEA Jakarta Team: Atik Dewi

With the recruitment of a research and policy officer for the Jakarta-based DELGOSEA Standing Committee on Democratic Local Governance, DELGOSEA II is now ready for action on all fronts.

23/04/2013

Thailand

What’s Planned in Thailand – the Pilot Cities Share their Activities for 2013

As part of a series, looking at the development of the different pilot cities after the end of the DELGOSEA project, we are asking this month: what are the four Thai pilot cities, Chiang Rai, Pakkret, Songkhla and Yala doing in 2013?

10/04/2013

Inaugural Meeting of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee

DELGOSEA II is continuing to take shape: on 21 March 2013, the constituting meeting of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee for Democratic Local Governance (DLG) took place in Manila with representatives from four of the five countries who are currently members of the Committee.

21/03/2013

Philippines

What’s Happening in the Philippines – the Pilot Cities Share their Ideas for 2013

As part of a series looking at the development of the different pilot cities after the end of the DELGOSEA project, we are asking this month: what are the three Indonesian pilot cities, Alaminos, Bacolod and the two municipal clusters in Misamis Oriental doing in 2013?

18/03/2013

Short Memo: Sharing the DELGOSEA experience at the MPED workshop

DELGOSEA’s best practices are continuing to attract attention: During a recent workshop by the Municipal Partners for Economic Development (MPED), taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 13 – 15 March 2013, the DELGOSEA experience was shared during a panel discussion focusing on best practices in local governance. Special attention was paid to one of DELGOSEA’s most replicated projects, “Humane Relocation and the Empowerment of Street Vendors”, that originated in Solo City, Indonesia.

15/03/2013

Short Memo: First Workshop of New DELGOSEA Standing Committee

The newly established DELGOSEA Standing Committee (SC) for Democratic Local Governance will have its inaugural meeting in Manila on 21 March 2013. The SC is the regional policy advocacy and coordinating body of the DELGOSEA network, working towards a better representation of local governments and local governments associations (LGAs) as well as civil society in ASEAN decision-making on issues of democratic local governance.

12/03/2013

Philippines

Short Memo: Good News for Bacolod

In a triumph for the concept of public-private-people partnership (PPPP), one of the original DELGOSEA pilot cities, Bacolod in the Philippines, just received 3 million Pesos (around 73,000 USD) from the Department of Interior and Local Government, as part of the funding needed to construct the proposed Bacolod Youth Home

07/03/2013

Philippines

Sharing the ManLuNa Experience

The cluster of municipalities of Manticao, Lugait and Naawan (ManLuNa) in the province of Misamis Oriental in the Philippines is holding a partnership forum today, 7 March 2013, with the aim of sharing its experience in inter-local cooperation, gained through participation in the original DELGOSEA project.

04/03/2013

Indonesia

What’s Planned in Indonesia – the Pilot Cities Share their Ideas for 2013

As part of a new series, looking at the development of the different pilot cities after the end of the DELGOSEA project, we are asking this month: what are the four Indonesian pilot cities, Kupang, Pangkal Pinang, Tarakan and Wakatobi doing in 2013?

25/02/2013

The DELGOSEA Network is up and Running Again

The first brainstorming and planning workshop of the DELGOSEA network (now known as DELGOSEA II) took place in Bangkok on 19 and 20 February 2013. 20 representatives of the original project partners, joined by H.E. Bagas Hapsoro, the former Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, had some intense and fruitful debates on the future of the network.

13/02/2013

DELGOSEA II: First Planning Workshop

The time has come to gather some of the original key players of the DELGOSEA network and start brainstorming: How can the DELGOSEA network develop further, which direction will the advocacy work take, what exciting new best practices and pilot cities are just waiting to be discovered?

08/02/2013

Cambodia

What’s Planned in Cambodia – the Pilot Cities Share their Ideas for 2013

As part of a new series, looking at the development of the different pilot cities after the end of the DELGOSEA project, we are asking this month: What do the two Cambodian cities, Choam Chao and Kampot have planned for 2013?

04/02/2013

Introducing DELGOSEA’s New Communication Manager

The DELGOSEA network is pleased to announce that the important aspect of facilitating and strengthening the network communication, both internally and externally, will be in the hands of its new communication manager, Eva Maaten.

21/01/2013

DELGOSEA Conference Report Published and Available for Download

DELGOSEA is delighted to announce the publication of the report of the regional conference on “Strengthening Decentralization and Local Governance in ASEAN Countries through a Multi-Stakeholder Approach”, that was organized by UCLG ASPAC, UCLG and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in May 2012.

14/01/2013

Indonesia

Short memo: In Indonesia, APEKSI Provides Strategic Input into the Planned Law on State Civil Apparatuses

In an important step for local governance in Indonesia, the House of Representatives of Indonesia is currently discussing the draft for the Law on State Civil Apparatuses (ASN) to replace the current Law on Civil Service. APEKSI, one of Indonesia’s local government associations (LGAs) and a vital member of the DELGOSEA network, has been asked to provide strategic input on several key points in the draft.

07/01/2013

Introducing DELGOSEA II - the Next Phase of the Network

All friends and fans of DELGOSEA will be happy to hear that the network for democratic local governance in Southeast Asia is now entering its second phase, supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC).

28/11/2012

Thailand

Sharing the DELGOSEA Experience at the Third International Conference on Local Government

There was a strong DELGOSEA presence at the ‘The Third International Conference on Local Government’ (ICLG 2012) that took place on 15-16 November 2012 in Khon Kaen, Thailand. During two panel sessions, focusing on ‘Best practices in Local Government’, the benefits of best practice exchanges as well as the role of local government associations (LGAs) were explored.

20/11/2012

Viet Nam

What’s Planned in Vietnam – the Pilot Cities Share their Ideas for 2013

As part of a new series, looking at the development of the different pilot cities after the end of the DELGOSEA project, we are asking this month: what do the three Vietnamese cities, Danang, Tra Vinh and Vinh, have planned for 2013?

18/11/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: An Eco-Tram in Muangklang, Thailand

Muangklang municipality, which was one of the five best practices from Thailand in the DELGOSEA network, is now a low carbon model city, aiming to inspire local governments across the country.

15/11/2012

Short Memo: New Downloads Available on the DELGOSEA website

The DELGOSEA library has been expanded further: the individual transfer process documentations from each city are now available for downloading from the DELGOSEA website.

08/11/2012

Short Memo: Third International Conference on Local Government

The DELGOSEA network is proud to be present at the ‘The Third International Conference on Local Government’ (ICLG 2012) that is taking place on 15-16 November 2012 in Khon Kaen, Thailand. During two panel sessions, focusing on ‘Best practices in Local Government’, the benefits of best practice exchanges as well as the role of local government associations (LGAs) will be explored.

07/11/2012

The Pilot Cities Share their Experiences: Documentation of the Transfer Processes Available

The latest DELGOSEA publication is out: a volume showcasing the pilot cities’ replication journey is now available. This completes the ‘DELGOSEA library’, a set of handbooks and guides offering assistance to all cities and towns interested in embarking on best practice replications.

31/10/2012

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.

25/10/2012

Short Memo: UNITAR offers E-learning Course on Urban Sustainability in Asian Cities

DELGOSEA has learned that a new session of the e-learning course ‘The SymbioCity Approach: Achieving Urban Sustainability in Asian Cities’ will be conducted by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) from 12 November 2012 to 8 March 2013.

23/10/2012

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.

17/10/2012

Short Memo: Rallying Round in Support of DELGOSEA

It came as a disappointment to everybody who had been so deeply involved in the current DELGOSEA project and in preparing the grant application for DELGOSEA II – the EU Commission in Brussels had decided not to continue funding the new phase of DELGOSEA, but to give other project ideas from different organisation a chance.

11/10/2012

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.

05/10/2012

Short Memo: DELGOSEA Case Study Published on EU Website

An overview of the DELGOSEA project, giving the most important facts and figures, is now available on the website of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam:

02/10/2012

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!

25/09/2012

News from the Communication Office

We would like to share with you an update from the DELGOSEA Communications Office. From October 1 onwards, Eva Maaten will be taking on the role of Communication Liaison for the DELGOSEA network.

18/09/2012

The View from Above: Evaluating the DELGOSEA project

An important requirement for all EU co-funded projects is a vigorous and thorough evaluation, taking a holistic approach of following the project from the beginning to the end. Ideally, the same evaluator stays with the project throughout the implementation period and DELGOSEA was lucky to have secured the services of Dr Marion Fischer from start to finish.

14/09/2012

Indonesia

Pulling the Strings – the Role of the National Coordinators

At times it must have felt like being at the centre of a spider’s web – the national coordinator for each DELGOSEA project countries was the person keeping the show on the road, working with each pilot as well as best practice city, liaising with media, academia and civil society and, last but not least, being in constant contact with the DELGOSEA headquarters in Manila. Let’s hear how they experienced DELGOSEA.

03/09/2012

Accompanying the Pilot Cities – How the National Coaches Experienced the DELGOSEA Project

Focusing on the unsung heroes of the DELGOSEA project, there is hardly a group that is more important but as rarely in the spotlight as the coaches of the pilot cities. These 67 people, who have been trained by the DELGOSEA network in 2010, spent the last year tirelessly visiting the pilot cities under their responsibility, monitoring their progress and helping them with any question or difficulty that might have arisen. Nobody knows more about the projects then they do – here are some reflections on how they experienced the DELGOSEA project.

30/08/2012

Thailand

DELGOSEA Appreciates and Awards the Work of 16 Pilot Cities

The pilot city award was given during the final conference in Bangkok, 7-8 August 2012. Out of the pool of 16 pilot cities from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam the Local Government Associations and partners selected and nominated one city per country for the ‘award of excellence’.

23/08/2012

Let’s Hear it for the Mayors

It’s nearly a cliché by now: ‘Support from the top is vital for the successful replication of a best practice’. But as all DELGOSEA’s success stories bear out, there is a lot of truth in that saying. It is, therefore, high time for the mayors of the pilot cities to share their experiences of the replication process and give their views on what makes the projects work.

16/08/2012

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.

14/08/2012

Thailand

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.

13/08/2012

Short Memo: First Impression from the Final Conference

In order to give a first impression about the DELGOSEA Final Conference - The Journey Continues which took place on August 7-8, 2012 in Bangkok (Thailand), follow the links below to access a selection of pictures, download the speakers' presentations and watch the video message of Deputy Secretary General, His Excellency Mr. Bagas Hapsoro from ASEAN.

11/08/2012

Thailand

Traditional Baba Wedding in DELGOSEA’s Best Practice City

On September 8-10, Phuket will be host of yet another revived tradition: a Baba Wedding. A Baba Wedding is the celebration of a marriage between a Chinese and a Thai descendant in Thailand. This event is being supported by the Thai Peranakan Association and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

10/08/2012

Thailand

Passing the Baton to the 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.

01/08/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Women’s Groups Trained in Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

From July 10 to Jul 12, the Marine and Fishery Office of Pangkalpinang conducted an entrepreneurial training for women’s groups in Air Itam.

31/07/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Bacolod Institutionalizes Sustainability

On July 31, the Bacolod consortium for People-Public-Private-Partnership held a meeting to discuss the further steps of the Bacolod Youth Home. The groundbreaking scheduled for August 2, was not the only good message shared during this event.

30/07/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Training in Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

The Pangkalpinang Marine and Fishery Agency, as part of its efforts to enhance the fishermen's knowledge, held a training in Pangkalpinang on July 11 - 13, 2012.

20/07/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: First Wave of Tarakan’s Expansion

On July 16th, the Tarakan government called for a coordination meeting to discuss the planned expansion of the TALING project to twenty (20) more schools for the months July and August.

18/07/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Legal Implementation on its Way in Tarakan

Tarakan takes yet another step towards an integrated approach to keep its environment clean. A legal action for a local regulation on waste management is on its way.

17/07/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Corporate Social Responsibility in Tarakan

On June 25, 2012 a preparatory meeting took place to present the TALING* project to the KALTIM Bank in Tarakan City, Indonesia.

16/07/2012

A Mix-and-Match Approach to Replication

While initially every pilot city was matched with just one best practice city whose example was being replicated, there has been an unforeseen, but fascinating development as the implementations progressed: the mixing and matching of different best practices to produce a project blueprint, perfectly suited to a particular pilot city. While this has not been part of the original DELGOSEA design, the project team is delighted to witness a complex and creative web of relationships developing across various projects and actors.

13/07/2012

Reaching the End of the Monitoring Phase

For the 16 pilot cities it must feel like the end of an era – after eight months of DELGOSEA coaches offering support, the project monitoring is coming to an end.

12/07/2012

Looking Ahead to the Final Conference

It is hard to believe, but the DELGOSEA project will soon have reached the finish line– by the end of October, the last reports will be written, the last bills paid and the project team will be looking ahead to new challenges. Before that point is reached, however, there will be one last conference drawing conclusions and discussing the future of the DELGOSEA network.

06/07/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Bacolod for Development Community Consortium

The construction of the Youth Home in Bacolod – which is their pilot city project – is gaining momentum. The People-Public-Private-Partnership (PPPP) has now been officially established through the Bacolod for Development Community Consortium. The consortium brings together the private sector, individuals and the local government to establish and build the Bacolod Youth Home. The consortium plays an important role in sustaining the PPPP in Bacolod and manage, set polices, regulations for an effective collaboration and partnership.

06/07/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: First Visible Results in Wakatobi

The GO WASH implementation of the best practice replication in Wakatobi shows first results! As the picture shows, the canals and the streets are cleaner and the water is much more clear! All of this increases the living conditions of the people in Wakatobi. Because it was the people who helped to convert the streets and water to what it looks like now, they will make sure it stays this way!

04/07/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Next Steps in Tarakan

Tarakan has a lot on its environmental development plate with the replication of Marikina’s Eco-Savers project and adoptions from Muangklang’s Low Carbon City. However, the progress and the enthusiasm are obvious!

02/07/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Community Water Conservation Award setup in Yala City Municipality

The Yala City Municipality which has been selected by the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) to be pilot municipality on “fiscal management and Investment plan” under the Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia (DELGOSEA) has setup a Community Water Conservation Award through the Technical and Planning Division and the Division of Waterworks.

27/06/2012

Thailand

Coordinating the DELGOSEA Thailand Team – Interview with the Former National Coordinator for Thailand, Tharee Kamuang

Interview with Ms Tharee, the former national coordinator for Thailand.

25/06/2012

Philippines

Reviving Old Cultural Tradition in Misamis Oriental

The wedding of Vice-Mayor Mildred Lagbas (now Mondigo) of Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental qualifies as the first wedding in the DELGOSEA framework!

22/06/2012

Secret Revealed – DELGOSEA’s Green Square

“If it has a green square on it, there is DELGOSEA in it”. This could become one of the eternal truths about democratic local governance in Southeast Asia. When you see a green square, there is the high possibility that it has something to do with DELGOSEA. And if you “follow the green square”, you will find information about best practice replication, democratic local governance in Southeast Asia and the DELGOSEA project as such. But what does the green square stand for?

21/06/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: The Tales of 16 Best Practices

A compilation of all 16 DELGOSEA Best Practices in Thai language is now available for download in the DELGOSEA e-library.

21/06/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Final Evaluation in Misamis Oriental on Record

Dr. Marion Fischer, DELGOSEA's external evaluator, visited the Philippines to make her final evaluation assessment of the situation in the pilot cities. The ManLuNa and BinKiSu clusters in Misamis Oriental welcomed her in the traditional Filipino way.

19/06/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: WASH the Canal

As part of the Wakatobi Clean Movement (GO WASH), Forum Kompos initiated a waste collection in Mola Village. It involved the constituents of the village to clean the canal from waste and garbage.

19/06/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: One’s Waste Is The Other’s Treasure

They say that some things are not what they seem to be. Especially in the case of waste and garbage, no one would want to argue with that. Mrs. Kaigi begs to disagree.

18/06/2012

Philippines

Photo Strip: Evaluation of Misamis Oriental

Last week, Dr. Marion Fischer visited Misamis Oriental for the DELGOSEA evaluation. Trace her visit with this photo strip.

18/06/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Alaminos invokes People's Participation

DELGOSEA's Philippine Pilot City Alaminos calls on its constituents to support the city administration towards the Constructed Wetland project through the donation of certain, waste-water filtering, plants.

18/06/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Pakkret Under One Roof

The Municipality has just drafted its development plan for 2013 – 2016, based on the needs of the public in Pakkret. Included in this plan is also the restructuring of the Old Market.

15/06/2012

Philippines

A New Addition to the DELGOSEA Library

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.

12/06/2012

Philippines

DELGOSEA June Happenings

These are busy months for DELGOSEA as the project is heading towards the end of its funding period – to help you keep track of what is going on, here’s an overview of the activities and events that are currently keeping the DELGOSEA teams around the region occupied.

11/06/2012

Thailand

The View from the Top – A Mayor’s Experience with DELGOSEA

Interview with Mr Vichai Bandasak, the Mayor of Pakkret

09/06/2012

Thailand

National Workshop in Thailand – Discussing Policies for Sustainability

As part of its remit to ensure that the experiences of DELGOSEA’s pilot cities feed into the policy development on national and regional level, the project team is encouraging and facilitating the partners from the five project countries to develop policy recommendation to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance.

08/06/2012

Indonesia

What I Really Think – the Views of a Coach for the Pilot Cities

Interview with Ms Indah – Indonesia

07/06/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Award-Winning Tarakan

To the delight of the DELGOSEA team, the Tarakan City government won - for the fifth time – the ADIPURA Award, declaring it officially the greenest and cleanest city in Indonesia. Tarakan had been awarded this accolade every year from 2007 to 2010 and are very happy to have regained the top spot in 2012 after being runner-up in 2011.

07/06/2012

Philippines

MANLUNA AND BINKISU - To Draft Interlocal Cooperation Guidlines

Key officials from the member municipalities of the ManLuNa and BinKiSu have attended the capacity-building session last May 16 in Marigold Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City to discuss the drafting of key operational guidelines for interlocal cooperation. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Ponciano Caberte also participated in the conference.

06/06/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Evaluation of Tarakan

On 6 June 2012, it was Tarakan’s turn to receive Dr Marion Fischer, accompanied by the DELGOSEA National Coordinator for Indonesia, for an external evaluation.

05/06/2012

Indonesia

National Workshop in Indonesia – Refining Policy Recommendations

As part of its remit to ensure that the experiences of DELGOSEA’s pilot cities feed into the policy development on national and regional level, the project team is encouraging and facilitating the partners from the five project countries to develop policy recommendation to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance.

04/06/2012

Indonesia

Enthusiastic Eco-Savers in Kupang

After the extremely successful start to the Eco-Savers programme in one school in Kupang, more schools are now getting ready to join the scheme.

03/06/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Improving Fishermen’s Livelihoods in Pangkal Pinang

As part of the ambitious project to combine improved coastal management with an increase in fish farming, thereby boosting the income of local fishermen, two major activities are being prepared in Pangkal Pinang.

02/06/2012

Short Memo: Cooperation between DELGOSEA and another EU funded project in Thailand

The Municipal League of Thailand (MLT) and the EU co-funded project on “Low Carbon City across Thai Municipalities” will make further use of the DELGOSEA coaches and pilot cities.

01/06/2012

Thailand

DELGOSEA Booth At Annual Conference of MLT

Following the success of last year, the Municipal League of Thailand (MLT) has hosted again a DELGOSEA booth during its annual conference 2012.

31/05/2012

Cambodia

Focusing on policy recommendations in Cambodia

As part of its remit to ensure that the experiences of DELGOSEA’s pilot cities feed into the policy development on national and regional level, the project team is encouraging and facilitating the partners from the five project countries to develop policy recommendation to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance.

28/05/2012

Short Memo: Progress in the different DELGOSEA Countries

You want to know what is going on in Indonesia? You are keen to know about the progress in Thailand and in the Philippines? You were always interested in how DELGOSEA works in Cambodia and Vietnam? Have a look at the up-to-date Reports from the Coordinators!

28/05/2012

Viet Nam

Short Memo: E-government is Progressing Well in Tra Vinh

A monitoring visit to Tra Vinh city on 23 and 24 March showed that the introduction of e-government is progressing well in the city. To the delight of the DELGOSEA Vietnam team, all is going smoothly and according to plan.

27/05/2012

Viet Nam

National Workshop in Vietnam – Concentrating on Sustainability

As part of its remit to ensure that the experiences of DELGOSEA’s pilot cities feed into the policy development on national and regional level, the project team is encouraging and facilitating the partners from the five project countries to develop policy recommendation to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance.

25/05/2012

Short Memo: Watch DELGOSEA Regional Conference in TAN Network TV

Thai-ASEAN News (TAN) Network has recently published its broadcast on the regional conference on “Strengthening Decentralization and Local Governance in ASEAN Countries through a Multi-Stakeholder Approach”, organised by DELGOSEA and UCLG on 3-4 May, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

23/05/2012

Revitalising Old Markets in Choam Chao

The relocation street vendors into and the refurbishment of official markets that had fallen into disuse is one of the more difficult tasks facing local governments in Cambodia. As part of the DELGOSEA project, Choam Chao a small town or Sangkat near Phnom Penh, is attempting to make a success of such a revitalisation; this task is, however, proving a challenge not such because the different interests of vendors and local residents have to be reconciled, but also because of the challenges of various laws and regulations being handed down from central government.

23/05/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Mobilizing Stakeholders for the Constructed Wetland in Alaminos

After signing the MOA with the owner of the private land where the wetland will be constructed, the city government started filling the CW site with soil, boulders and stone while waiting for the approval of the detailed engineering design. To complement the construction of the CW as indicated in the transfer concept plan, the city government conducted a workshop, facilitated by DELGOSEA coaches, attended by representatives of civil society organizations and business establishments on 23 May 2012 at the City Hall’s Conference Room.

22/05/2012

Philippines

Alaminos City: Groundbreaking of the Constructed Wetland

After several months of negotiation, Alaminos City and the private landowner has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of wetland. The MOA provides that the landowner authorizes the city government to use his privately-owned lot as the site of the constructed wetland.

22/05/2012

Short Memo: Presentation and Outcomes of the Regional Conference in Phnom Penh are available for download

The DELGOSEA network has made available all presentations, lectures and outcomes resulting from the regioanl conference on "Strengthening Decentralization and Local Governance in ASEAN Countries through a Multi-Stakeholder Approach" on its website.

17/05/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Pangkalpinang Assessment of Fisherman Area

On 26 April 2012 Pangkalpinang Fishery Office together with representatives of a consortium consists of 17 profit companies did an assessment in Tanjung Bunga, a fishermen area where the government planned to centralize the marine tourism activities.

16/05/2012

Designing the Blueprint for Better Local Governance in Southeast Asia

After two days of intense and stimulating discussions, the co-organised regional workshop between DELGOSEA and UCLG produced in ‘The Phnom Penh Record of Principles on Strengthening Decentralization and Local Governance’. The statement is calling to look into options for a more permanent dialogue on decentralization and local governance in ASEAN across the regional, national and local levels in view of expanding collaboration with local authorities (LAs), local government associations as well as civil society, in a multi-stakeholder approach.

15/05/2012

Viet Nam

From Pilot to Best Practice City – Vinh City Inspires Ha Tinh

Not long ago, Vinh City was just beginning to learn how to implement a best practice replication, taking a project from the Philippines and adjusting it to fit the local conditions in Vietnam. Now, only eight months after having started to introduce the Eco-savers programme in Vinh, the city finds itself sharing their expertise with another Vietnamese city, Ha Tinh.

14/05/2012

Developing Policies for Sustainability

The DELGOSEA network can and should continue - that was the core message emerging from five national workshops looking at issues of sustainability and policy recommendations to ensure that the results and lessons learnt from the DELGOSEA project would not be lost.

14/05/2012

DELGOSEA. Nominated for the EU’s DEVCO Communication Award

To the delight of the DELGOSEA communication team, the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei, Darussalam, and ASEAN, who is responsible for the DELGOSEA project from the EU side, has nominated the project for this year’s ‘DEVCO Communication Award’. The aim of the award is to identify and reward the best projects in terms of communication. In a highly competitive process – hundreds of projects worldwide that are co-financed by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) are potentially eligible – projects will be assessed on the quality, impact and innovation of their communication activities.

07/05/2012

Cambodia

Road Map towards better Local Governance in ASEAN Drafted in Phnom Penh

Policy makers and civil society from eight ASEAN countries came together on 3-4 May 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to strengthen regional cooperation on decentralisation and good local governance by multi-stakeholder approach.

19/04/2012

Philippines

Designing a Road Map for Advocacy in the Philippines

As part of its remit to ensure that the experiences of DELGOSEA’s pilot cities feed into the policy development on national and regional level, the project team is encouraging and facilitating the partners from the five project countries to develop policy recommendation to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance.

17/04/2012

Cambodia

Replication Enthusiasts on the Move (Kampot and Toul Sangker)

In a novel development, unforeseen in the original project design, two Cambodian cities have found the experience of exchanging best practices so satisfying, that they are keen to continue doing so on their own initiative.

13/04/2012

Indonesia

Adding another dimension to the eco-savers project in Tarakan

As the Indonesian pilot city Tarakan is progressing with its implementation of the eco-savers project, the approach to recycling becomes increasingly inventive.

12/04/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Mangrove Planting in Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

On March 13, 1000 mangrove trees were planted along Pangkalpinang coastal areas onby the Bangka Botanical Garden supported Head of Marine and Fishery Office, staff, fisher folks, and students of Bangka University.

10/04/2012

Pilot City Profiles Updated

As the 16 DELGOSEA pilot cities are making great progress in the implementation of the best practices, the DELGOSEA Communication Office thought it would be time to honor their progress with a new look of the respective pilot city profiles and the website.

06/04/2012

Cambodia

Short Memo: Kampot Holds Reflection Workshop

On April 6, 2012 the pilot city Kampot Municipality has been carrying out a reflection workshop on its urban environment project which is currently being replicated.

03/04/2012

Italy

DELGOSEA Approach Presented in Platforma Forum, Italy

On April 2-3, the Platforma Forum on ‘Development and participatory governance: Which multi-actor partnerships in Europe and in partner countries?’ took place in Florence, Italy. On behalf of the European Network of Independent Political Foundations (ENoP), DELGOSEA Project Manager Susanne Stephan introduced DELGOSEA as one example of cooperation between Local Authorities (LAs) Non-State-Actors (NSAs) and Local Government Associations (LGAs).

02/04/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: 2nd National Workshop in the Philippines

On March 29, 2012 – the National Workshop on Policy Recommendations and Networking of DELGOSEA Philippines took place in the premises of the Asian Institute of Management in Manila. The participants were welcomed by Mr. Eric Galvin, Program Manager of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and Prof. Edmund Tayao, Executive Director of the DELGOSEA partner LOGODEF.

28/03/2012

Viet Nam

Danang invites Experts from Thailand

On March 28, 2012, the Danang project task force from Vietnam invited Dr. Yongthanit and his students from Thamasat University to participate in a joint workshop.

26/03/2012

Announcement: DELGOSEA Moments

The DELGOSEA final conference in August 2012 will host the first and unique DELGOSEA Moments Photo Competition! Invited to join are all pilot cities and national offices of DELGOSEA as we are looking for the best pilot city picture taken!

23/03/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Misamis Oriental Flyer

The ManLuNa and BinKiSu clusters of Misamis Oriental released their project leaflet on Eco-Cultural Tourism which attributes to the replication of the Phuket Preserving Old Town Architecture and Reviving Traditions as Tourist Attraction and Economic Driver, Thailand.

15/03/2012

Philippines

'Exciting months are ahead of us...' - Interview with DELGOSEA Project Manager Susanne Stephan

DELGOSEA is entering a busy phase with just a few more months to go until the end of the project - a perfect moment for Project Manager Susanne Stephan to share some details on the activities that are planned before the end of October this year.

15/03/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Wakatobi Mayor Congratulates Muangklang Mayor On Winning Green Globe Award

DELGOSEA's pilot und best practice cities managed to create and sustain not only a good working relationship but also friendships. That goes especially for Mayor Hugua from the pilot city Wakatobi (Indonesia) and Mayor Somchai from the best practice city Muangklang (Thailand). Last year, both men met for the first time during the study visit which enabled pilot cities to learn from the best practice cities. Since then, both mayors stay in regular contact with each other. Below you will find the letter from Mayor Hugua contragulating Mayor Somchai for winning the Green Globe Award 2012.

13/03/2012

Cambodia

LGAs - Crucial Partners for DELGOSEAS's Future | This month: Introducing the National League of Commune/Sangkat in Cambodia

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on sustainability - how can the project results be preserved, who will continue with activities when the EU-funding comes to an end? The obvious candidates for guardians of the DELGOSEA spirit are the official project partners, the local government associations (LGAs) in the five project countries. Continuing the series on LGAs, we are this month introducing the National League of Commune/Sangkats (NLC/S), DELGOSEA’s LGA partner in Cambodia.

12/03/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Several Updates From Wakatobi – WASH and the Waste Management Learning Center

The Clean Saturday program in Wakatobi is so far well implemented. Every Saturday all schools, government offices, and communities allocate their time to clean the environment in their neighborhood.

12/03/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Coordination Meeting in Pangkalpinang, Indonesia

On March 12, a coordination meeting chaired by the Vice Mayor on with the head and members of Working Group, the Mayor, and Deputy Director of APEKSI, as well as DELGOSEA took place in Pangkalpinang.

09/03/2012

Philippines

Photo Strip: Toul Sangke Best Practice Visits Bacolod Pilot City

Boarding the airplane, being warmly greeted on arrival, working together and meeting mayor and senator - what an interesting schedule! The representatives from Toul Sangke enjoyed three exciting days in Bacolod. Some of this excitement could be captured in pictures.

06/03/2012

Philippines

First Impression: DELGOSEA Pilot City Bacolod invites its Best Practice Counterpart from Cambodia

After representatives from Bacolod traveled to Toul Sangke in Cambodia, to see and get a feeling for how the best practice they chose looks in real life, they invited representatives from the best practice city to Bacolod.

05/03/2012

Philippines

Philippine Participation in South-South Dialogue

For March 12, international organizations and foreign embassies are invited by Commissioner Heherson Alvarez, Climate Change Commission to hear and or evaluate a proposed international project on South-South Dialogue – Colombia-Kenya-Philippines on disaster mitigation and climate change.

02/03/2012

Thailand

DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: Supaporn Dusittanakarin, Cultural Tourism Promotion Task Force

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on the actual implementation of the best practices. Who is better placed to judge the impact and success of these replications than the people on the ground in the pilot cities? Representatives of the 16 pilot cities will share with us their views on what makes the replication successful as well as the challenges they are facing during the implementation. This month features Pakkret, one of our four Thai pilot cities or municipalities.

28/02/2012

Philippines

Philippine LGAs Discuss Sustainability Road Map

On February 27, DELGOSEA Philippines hosted a get-together of the Philippine Local Government Associations which are part of the DELGOSEA network. Present were the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) as well as the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).

28/02/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: Local Government Best Practices for Sustainable Development in a Green Institutional Framework

The Philippine Council for Sustainable Development held a one-day workshop on Asian LGU Best Practices: Green Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development at Santo Tomas University on February 28. Participants were coming from NGOs, local governments as well as selected national government departments involved in the issue of sustainable development in the country.

22/02/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: TALING Officially Launched in Tarakan

In February 21st, 2012 Tarakan government did the official launching of the TALING program in Tarakan. The event was attended by all pilot schools, officials from the Tarakan City government including the Vice Mayor Mr. Suharjo and Mr. Sudirman, First Assistant of Minister of Environment. Previous to the launch they signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the biggest junk shop in Tarakan. The junk shop will collect students’ recycle waste in all pilot schools.

18/02/2012

Cambodia

DELGOSEA participates in the 'First Regional Workshop on Local Economic Development'

On 15 – 17 February, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Municipal Partners for Economic Development (MPED) together with DELGOSEA’s partners, the National League of Communes/ Sangkat (NLC/S) and the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) held their First Regional Workshop on Local Economic Development in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

15/02/2012

Philippines

DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: Councilor and Head of Committee on Social Development, Bacolod

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on the actual implementation of the best practices. Who is better placed to judge the impact and success of these replications than the people on the ground in the pilot cities? Representatives of the 16 pilot cities will share with us their views on what makes the replication successful as well as the challenges they are facing during the implementation. This month features Bacolod, one of our three Philippine pilot cities.

12/02/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Promotion of Participation of Communities in Yala

On February 11 – 12, capacity building on ‘the promotion of participation of communities to manage public services and the environment’ took place in the Paradise Hotel Hat Yai in Songkhla province. Yala Municipality enhances the community of more than 100 people from 39 communities on the development of integrated supply services with an emphasis on community participation.

10/02/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Songkhla Workshop on E-Services

On February 10, the DELGOSEA pilot city Songkhla was conducting a workshop as part of the capacity building for replicating the Jogjakarta e-Governance best practice.

09/02/2012

Indonesia

Tarakan – the Indonesian Eco-Savers are Starting in Earnest

The moment has come at last: Tarakan, Indonesia, launched its ambitious environmental programme (TALING) with a series of kick-off events in a number of schools throughout the city, having spent the last few months setting up the framework for the project. Everybody involved is rearing to go and eager to make it a success!

08/02/2012

Viet Nam

LGAs - Crucial Partners for DELGOSEAS's Future | This month: Introducing the Association of Cities in Vietnam

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on sustainability - how can the project results be preserved, who will continue with activities when the EU-funding comes to an end? The obvious candidates for guardians of the DELGOSEA spirit are the official project partners, the local government associations (LGAs) in the five project countries. Continuing the series on LGAs, we are this month introducing the Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN), DELGOSEA’s LGA partner in the country.

08/02/2012

Short Memo: Replication in Misamis Oriental On Track

From January 31 to February 1, the DELGOSEA pilot city of Misamis Oriental (MisOr) was glad to host the 3rd monitoring visit, including an update of logical framework (logframe), work plan and a joint meeting of the conference of mayors (COM), in Cagayan de Oro.

08/02/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Thai Updated Transfer Concepts Available (Chiang Rai, Pakkret, Sonkhla, Yala)

DELGOSEA Thailandjust submitted the updated transfer concepts for the pilot cities of Chiang Rai, Pakkret, Sonkhla, Yala. Have a look at the changes and the pilot cities' current strategies!

07/02/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Indonesian Updated Transfer Concepts Available (Kupang, Pangkal Pinang, Tarakan, Wakatobi)

DELGOSEA Indonesia just submitted the updated transfer concepts for the pilot cities of Kupang, Pangkal Pinang, Tarakan and Wakatobi. Have a look at the changes and the pilot cities' current strategies!

06/02/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Pakkret Conducts Domestic Exchange Visits

On January 28 – 30, after getting inspiration from their best practice city Solo in Indonesia, representatives from Pakkret went to different cities in Thailand to learn more about the preservation and development of old markets.

02/02/2012

Short Memo: DELGOSEA Explained in 4 Minutes and 5 Languages

The update of the DELGOSEA Youtube channel has been finalized and now hosts over 90 videos, is linked to our Twitter and website and assists you in finding the Youtube channels of our partners.

01/02/2012

Philippines

Short Memo: DELGOSEA Exhibition in ‘Building Sustainable Competitive Local Governments Forum'

On January 27, 2012 – approximately 300 officials and representatives of various local government units from all the regions in the Philippines followed the call of the Local Government Academy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (LGA-DILG).

31/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Dr. Marion Fischer visits the Thai Pilot City Yala

On the 31st January 2012, the DELGOSEA project evaluator Dr. Marion Fischer visited Yala Municipality. Her task was to examine the replication process of the pilot city as well as to assist with the adaptation of the logframe.

31/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Pakkret conducts Capacity Building Workshop

On January 28 – 31, 2012 the DELGOSEA pilot city of Pakkret conducted its capacity building workshop. Pakkret focuses on how to develop and conserve the old market as cultural tourist attraction in a sustainable way with participation from communities.

30/01/2012

Indonesia

DELGOSEA meets ASEAN

On January 24, representatives from the Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia (DELGOSEA), the United Cities and Local Governments in Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) met the Head of the ASEAN Community & Corporate Affairs Department.

26/01/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Tarakan kicks-off TALING

January 26, the DELGOSEA pilot city of Tarakan in Indonesia started its environmental saving project (TALING) in a series of events.

25/01/2012

Indonesia

Short Memo: Wakatobi Investigation Team At Work

In order to monitor directly the replication progress in the field, the monitoring team of Wakatobi Working Group, consisting of several members from different departments, conducted a monitoring activity on January 8, 2012 in Wangi Wangi, Wakatobi.

23/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Wiangchai Introduces Trash-Made Umbrellas| Chiang Rai Solid Waste Management Alliance

Wiangchai Municipality, one of the members of The Local Governments in Solid Waste Management of Chiang Rai's City Network is now stepping forward on waste reduction at source after harvesting season.

19/01/2012

Cambodia

Short Memo: Inclusive Project Process in Choam Chao

On January 20, 2012 - the Sangkat Choam Chao task force came together to discuss further steps regarding their replication process.

18/01/2012

Philippines

DELGOSEA Presents Publications to ‘University Belt’ in Manila

On January 17, DELGOSEA was able to make another step towards a closer cooperation with academia in Southeast Asia. A DELGOSEA book presentation was hosted in San Sebastian-Recoletos College, Manila, organized by Prof. Alfred Sureta, one of the DELGOSEA experts who provided valuable contributions to the DELGOSEA publications. The college is situated in the heart of Manila, surrounded by various other universities and educational institutions – the university belt.

18/01/2012

Cambodia

Short Memo: It's Eco Day in Kampot!

On January 18, it was an eventful day for pupils and teachers at Dipok Samaky Secondary School. It was Eco Day!

17/01/2012

Cambodia

Short Memo: Samaky School in Kampot hosts Eco-Savers Replication Presentation

On January 17, Kampot has been in the spotlight of DELGOSEA events in Cambodia. The Samaky Primary School hosted an event for students which focused on the importance of the environment.

17/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Integrated Development of Waterworks Services through Community Involvement Project in Yala

January 17, 2012 - Yala Municipality conducted the meeting on reporting the progress of the project being replicated entitled 'Integrated Development of Waterworks Services through Community Involvement Project'.

16/01/2012

Short Memo: DELGOSEA Youtube Channel Upgraded

DELGOSEA Social Media takes another step towards promoting Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia using social networks by upgrading its video channel.

13/01/2012

DELGOSEA Preview: Introducing the Project Activities for 2012

The countdown has begun – in ten months time, the DELGOSEA project funding will come to an end, the pilot cities will have implemented their best practice examples and a strengthened network will continue to cooperate and support municipalities across the region in their efforts to achieve and sustain democratic local governance. To reach this point, however, there is still a lot to be done and the DELGOSEA teams in all five project countries are looking forward to a busy few months.

13/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Exchange waste for eggs campaign in Chiang Rai continues

On January another event in the remarkable replication process towards ‘Cooperation between Local Governments to Address Shared Needs’ of the DELGOSEA pilot city took place in Chiang Rai.

12/01/2012

Thailand

LGAs - Crucial Partners for DELGOSEAS's Future | This month: Introducing the Municipal League of Thailand

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on sustainability - how can the project results be preserved, who will continue with activities when the EU-funding comes to an end? The obvious candidates for guardians of the DELGOSEA spirit are the official project partners, the local government associations (LGAs) in the five project countries. Continuing the series on LGAs, we are starting 2012 by introducing the Municipal League of Thailand (MLT), DELGOSEA’s LGA partner in the country.

12/01/2012

Viet Nam

DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: Chief Executive Officer and Head of Tra Vinh’s General Office

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on the actual implementation of the best practices. Who is better placed to judge the impact and success of these replications than the people on the ground in the pilot cities? Representatives of the 16 pilot cities will share with us their views on what makes the replication successful as well as the challenges they are facing during the implementation. This month features Tra Vinh, one of our three Vietnamese pilot cities.

11/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Exchange waste for eggs campaign in Chiang Rai

On 11 January, Chiang Rai municipality conducted its regular mobile community services in Sri Sai Moon. Sri Sai Moon is a community which belongs to the administrative district of Chiang Rai. This event brings together representatives from the local government with the respective communities.

10/01/2012

Cambodia

Short Memo: Cambodian Pilot Cities Busy

The Cambodian Pilot Cities Choam Chao and Kampot had a busy and successful December.

07/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Public Updates in Chiang Rai

In order to achieve the maximum of transparency and provide the latest information, the city of Chiang Rai set up a bulletin board for all its citizens to see.

05/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: TEI and MLT step towards sustainability

We are proud to announce that our partners from the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and the Municipality League of Thailand (MLT) have just been awarded funding from the European Union. Over the duration of 30 months the project - led by NMT - aims at increasing the living conditions of the local population in 84 municipalities throughout Thailand, by adopting an environmentally friendly ‘low-carbon city’ approach to local services.

01/01/2012

Thailand

Short Memo: Miss-Recycle-Beauty Pageant in Chiang Rai

Wianchai started its first activity on solid waste reduction campaign called “Recycled Trash Fashion Show Contest”. The municipality hosted this convivial and lively event on 31st Dec 11 by integrating it into the 2012 New Year celebration. This event has been conducted as part of the “Promotion of Recyclable Waste Separation at Household Project”.

29/12/2011

Thailand

Short Memo: Local Government Network on Solid Waste Management in Chiang Rai takes first steps

On December 29, 2011 the Chiang Rai Municipality conducted its first network meeting on the issue of Solid Waste Management.

24/12/2011

Viet Nam

Short Memo: Training Course in Hung Dung Schools, Vinh City

After the success of a training course in August 2011 for two schools in Hung Dung ward, a training course was organized on December 24th, 2011. 54 participants, including leaders, teachers, parent association members and the mass organizations of Hung Dung 2 school participated in this training.

22/12/2011

Indonesia

Short Memo: LGAs providing inputs for Indonesia Policy Recommendation Paper

On December 22, the Indonesian Local Government Associations conducted a meeting to review and provide inputs for the National Policy Recommendation Paper.

21/12/2011

Thailand

Short Memo: Back To The Roots - Meeting with the DELGOSEA Best Practice Of Prik Municipality

On December 20, DELGOSEA Thailand national coordinator Tharee Kamuang and DELGOSEA coach Mr. Akekaluk visited the DELGOSEA Best Practice city Prik Municipality.

21/12/2011

Thailand

Short Memo: Sharing and Preparations in Thailand

On December 20 and 21, a meeting between more than twenty stakeholders from the four monitoring teams, pilot cities as well as DELGOSEA coaches, experts and TEI staff was hold in Bangkok, Thailand.

20/12/2011

Thailand

Short Memo: First Monitoring Meeting in Songkhla

On December 20, Songkhla experienced its first DELGOSEA monitoring meeting.Present were Dr. Chanisada. Choosuk, DELGOSEA coach Akekaluk Nuttarit and national coordinator Tharee Kamuang.

20/12/2011

Short Memo: DELGOSEA Christmas Story

As Christmas is approaching, Santa Claus is busy preparing to distribute all the gifts. Therefore, some days before Christmas, he already starts hiding them in the places where they will be discovered on Christmas. Today, his Christmas journey brings him too the places of the DELGOSEA project.

17/12/2011

Indonesia

Short Memo: Kupang Municipality Conducting Eco Saver Program Inception

On December 17, 2011 an information meeting on the currently replicated Eco Saver Program has been conducted in SDI Nunbaun Sabu Kupang City.

14/12/2011

Revealing the Progress of the Pilot Cities: First Monitoring Reports Are In

The DELGOSEA project team has been eagerly awaiting the first monitoring reports – what would be revealed after the first visits to the pilot cities in October? Are all cities on track with their implementation schedules or are there – heaven forbid – unexpected problems or delays?

13/12/2011

Indonesia

DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: The Vice Director of Junior Highschool “SMP 1 Tarakan”

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on the project implementation of its best practices. Who will be better equipped to assess the impact and success of the best practice replication than the people on the ground at the pilot cities? The beneficiaries in the 16 pilot cities are the ones to share with us the success and challenges of the ongoing project implementation. The series of interviews starts this month, featuring Tarakan, one of the four Indonesian pilot cities.

12/12/2011

Germany

Christmas Interview with DELGOSEA Project Manager Ms Susanne Stephan

As 2011 is nearing its end, the DELGOSEA project manager, Susanne Stephan, took some time to answer a few questions and to reflect on what had been an exciting and eventful year for DELGOSEA.

09/12/2011

Indonesia

LGAs - Crucial Partners for DELGOSEA's Future | This month: A Look at the Indonesian LGA Scene

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on sustainability - how can the project results be preserved, who will continue with activities when the EU-funding comes to an end? The obvious candidates for guardians of the DELGOSEA spirit are the official project partners, the local government associations (LGAs) in the five project countries. Continuing the series on LGAs, in December we are taking a closer look at the LGAs in Indonesia.

20/11/2011

Philippines

Short Memo: DELGOSEA joins the Global Convention organized by the League of Cities (LCP)

On November 17 – 19, 2011, the 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition took place at Resort World, Pasay City in Manila. The international conference was organized by the League of Cities, one of the 10 Local Government Associations being part of the DELGOSEA network. The aim of the conference was to exchange experiences and knowledge on inclusive urban development among the more than 100 participants.

17/11/2011

Thailand

Becoming Inspired in Phuket – Danang from Vietnam Visits Its Best Practice Partner

13 – 17 November 2011. When a delegation from Danang finally met their best practice counterparts in Old Phuket, the visitors took some valuable lessons home with them: the successful preservation of the old town owed much to community participation as well as the excellent cooperation between central and local government.

14/11/2011

Philippines

LGAs - Crucial Partners for DELGOSEAS's Future

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on sustainability - how can the project results be preserved, who will continue with activities when the EU-funding comes to an end? The obvious candidates for guardians of the DELGOSEA spirit are the official project partners, the local government associations (LGAs) in the five project countries. Over the coming months these will be introduced in greater detail, starting with the Philippines here today.

11/11/2011

Working on the Policy Level

Successfully implementing best practices is one thing – to achieve changes on the policy level which would improve national legislation and administrative procedures in favour of good governance is quite another.

11/11/2011

Lending a Hand – Knowledge Transfer in Practice

Developing partnerships was always part of the DELGOSEA master plan, but in some cases the relationship between best practice and pilot cities are developing in unexpected but delightful ways – a number of cities have struck up friendships and are mutually supporting each other, an unplanned but valuable side effect of the study tours that had taken place over the last six months.

10/11/2011

DELGOSEA Midterm conference report

The midterm conference of the EU-cofinanced "Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia" (DELGOSEA) project took place on the Indonesian island of Batam from 27 - 28 September 2011 (press conference and opening dinner on 26 September) in month 19 of the project.

09/11/2011

Entering the Monitoring Phase

Now that the capacity building of the DELGOSEA pilot cities has been completed and all of the towns are deeply immersed in the replication of their best practice examples, the DELGOSEA project teams in the five countries will concentrate on monitoring the progress of the implementation. Is every city on the right track? Will the timetable be kept to? Are there unexpected problems or challenges that need to be solved jointly?

04/10/2011

Indonesia

DELGOSEA Midterm Conference - Stakeholders from all Countries Coming Together

DELGOSEA's midterm conference took place on the Indonesian island of Batam from 27 - 28 September. It provided a great opportunity for all actors involved in the project to get together and take stock. Nearly 140 representatives of both pilot and best practice cities, members of local government associations (LGAs), ministries, speakers from the EU and ASEAN found plenty to talk about, both in plenary sessions and working groups.

21/09/2011

DELGOSEA’s Spider Web: The Importance of Being Connected

DELGOSEA is all about creating connections, about bringing cities and people in Southeast Asia together - it is, therefore, not surprising that networks and networking play a big role in the project.

20/09/2011

Indonesia

Time to Take Stock: The DELGOSEA Midterm Conference is Coming Up

It is a big responsibility for the DELGOSEA Indonesia team – after the inception workshop in Manila in March 2010 and the training of trainers in Pattaya, Thailand, last November, UCLG-ASPAC is happy to host the third transnational conference of the project.

16/09/2011

Midterm Evaluation: Is DELGOSEA on the Right Track?

You only know if you are progressing the way you should when you take the time to stand back and have a close look at what has happened so far in a project.

09/09/2011

Thailand

Plans are Changing in Alaminos after A Visit to Udonthani

From 5 - 8 September, eight members from the Alaminos city council in the Philippines, led by the mayor, visited their best practice model city, Udonthani in Thailand, to learn how a wetland for wastewater treatment could be constructed.

01/09/2011

Thailand

Preserving Architectural Heritage as a Way of Increasing Tourism - ManLuNa Cluster from Misamis Visits Old Phuket

6 - 11 June 2011. The LGU delegation from ManLuNa cluster in Misamis Oriental, Philippines, drew an important conclusion at the end of their study visit to their best practice city, Old Phuket, in Thailand: the best way to gain an insight into a project is to meet local stakeholders and see for yourself what the realities on the ground look like.

17/08/2011

Learning the Ropes – Capacity Building Workshops for Local Stakeholders

It is implementation time for the pilot cities – ideas are developed, transfer concepts drawn up, visits to the best practice cities are taking place. Time to send the people involved back to the classroom for an intensive training session on how to deal with all aspects of running such a project.

15/08/2011

Charting the Course to Success

DELGOSEA is nothing if not ambitious: twenty pilot cities spread over 5 countries, each following its own tailor-made path – how can one keep track of them all, how does one know they are all progressing along the lines agreed in the transfer concepts?

15/08/2011

DELGOSEA’s Key Experts in the Spotlight

While both the best practice models and the pilot cities have received their fair share of publicity, less public attention has so far been paid to the people working in the background to help the cities make a success of the DELGOSEA project. These include four key experts from different countries whose expertise is vital in enabling the pilot cities to carry out the replication process in the four thematic areas – high time to introduce them properly!

09/08/2011

Five Countries, One Goal: Preparing for DELGOSEA's Midterm Conference

The name badges have been designed, the participants list are nearly finished… it is time for another DELGOSEA conference. After the inception workshop in Manila in March 2010 and the training of trainers in Pattaya last November, the third transnational conference of the project is gaining momentum.

05/08/2011

Philippines

Learning from the eco-savers: Marikina City in the Philippines welcomes Vinh City from Vietnam and Kampot fom Cambodia

3 - 7 August 2011. The delegation from Vinh City, consisting of representatives from the city's functional divisions, the Vietnamese project team as well as the project coach, were impressed by a very clean Marikina city - an inspiration to them all. [Cambodian perspective coming soon]

04/08/2011

Cambodia

People's Participation as the Key to Success

From 1 - 4 August 2011, it was the turn of a Philippine delegation from Bacolod City, consisting of the mayor, several councilors and administrators, to visit Toul Sangke, part of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, to gain further understanding of the 'People-Private-Public Partnership (PPPP) to Improve Local Infrastructure' Best Practice. The group was warmly welcomed by Toul Sangke councilors and staff for an informative first session, learning about Cambodia's development reform program and the structures in the municipality. This was followed by talks with a variety of representatives of the local community and local business people, held at different places throughout the borough to give the visitors the opportunity to get a good impression of the results of the project. One of the highlights of the trip was, of course, the practical aspect, walking around the community and experiencing first-hand the positive changes brought about by the improvement of the infrastructure.

30/07/2011

Philippines

Finding Inspiration in the Philippines: Kupan and Tarakan from Indonesia Travel to the ‘Eco City’ Marikina

28 – 29 July 2011. Despite having to cope with a flood emergency, the city of Marikina managed to impress a visiting delegation from two Indonesian cities, Kupang and Tarakan, who felt inspired for their replication of Marikina’s eco-saver project.

22/07/2011

Viet Nam

The Quest for Simplicity: Lan Son City’s Innovative Model to Improve Administrative Services

19 - 22 July 2011. An 11-member strong delegation from Yala City was curious to see what the best practice example which they had decided to replicate looked like in real life – they were not disappointed by the excellent program that awaited them in Lan Son, Vietnam.

21/07/2011

Philippines

Training of Trainers: The Secret of Inclusive Governance

To find out more about the concept of Inclusive Governance and how to use it within local government, DELGOSEA offered a ‘training of trainers’ (TOT) workshop for 25 representatives of the DELGOSEA network, taking place in Subic from 19 – 22 July 2011.

18/07/2011

Indonesia

The Future Lies With E-Government – Yogyakarta is Leading the Way

11 - 17 July 2011. After months of preparing their best practice replication, a high-ranking delegation from Songhkla, Thailand, felt inspired by the vision of a paperless government they encountered in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

18/07/2011

Indonesia

Optimizing Local Services by Cooperation Across Municipal Boundaries – Chiang Rai, Thailand, is Impressed by Kartamantul, Indonesia

11 - 17 July 2011. Having been given greater control over local decision-making and services through Thailand’s decentralization process, Chiang Rai was casting around for inspiration on how to make the best use of these new powers – Kartamantul on Java provided the perfect inspiration!

15/07/2011

Back to the Roots - DELGOSEA Exchange Visits

It all started with the selection of the ‘right’ best practice. The 16 DELGOSEA pilot cities in the five countries had to choose among several best practices. Their choice had to be in line with their local development plans. The process of replication continued with extensive documentation, trainings and the development of a tailor-made project idea. Support of the people and eventually the approval of the key decision-makers were pre-requisites for the framework of the project idea.

15/07/2011

Printed - DELGOSEA Publications Ready & Available

DELGOSEA is proud to announce that the following publications have been finalized and printed:
Best Practices Volume 1: People’s Participation in Planning and Decision-making;
Best Practices Volume 2: Institutional Governance;
Best Practices Volume 3: Urban Inclusive Services;
Best Practices Volume 4: Fiscal Management and Investment Planning.

15/07/2011

Indonesia

Managing Street Vendors: Solo, Indonesia, Proves an Inspiration to Pakkret, Thailand

12 – 17 July 2011. Pakkret Municipality was delighted to find a best practice, which was addressing precisely the situation they faced at home: trying to revitalize a traditional market. It was with great excitement, therefore, that a delegation from the city prepared to travel to Solo to gain an insight into the practical aspects of managing such a scheme.

14/07/2011

Indonesia

Revitalizing Traditional Markets: Chaom Chao from Cambodia is Impressed by Solo’s Success

12 – 15 July 2011. After months of preparing their city for the implementation of their best practice, the pilot city of Chaom Chao near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was excited to travel to Solo city, Indonesia – their ‘model city’ – to gain an insight into the practical aspects of relocating street vendors and managing a traditional market.

13/07/2011

Connected - DELGOSEA Social Media Networking

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06/07/2011

Philippines

Mariculture Proves a Successful Recipe for Sustainable Coastal and Marine Resource Management

4 - 8 July 2011. A delegation from Pangkal Pinang, on the Indonesian island of Bangka, was delighted to have the chance to meet their counterparts from the Philippines island of Bohol to gain inspiration on coastal management from fellow islanders.

01/07/2011

Philippines

Bacolod (Philippines) first to hand in Logbook

Bacolod ist the first Pilot City to hand in their Logbook on the replication process.

25/06/2011

Thailand

DELGOSEA Participates in the 5th Asia Pacific Urban Forum

Bangkok, Thailand. Supporting one of DELGOSEA’s major partners, United Cities and Local Governments for Asia and Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC), DELGOSEA presented a selection of its best practices during the 5th Asia Pacific Urban Forum held at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 - 24 June 2011.

24/06/2011

Thailand

Inspired by the Eco-city: Wakatobi visits Muangklang

21 – 25 June 2011. After several months of preparing for the start of the actual implementation activities, a delegation from Wakatobi, Indonesia, was excited to be finally meeting their counterparts in Muangklang, Thailand, their best practice partner city. The participants, mainly representatives of the Wakatobi local government, spent four days in Muangklang, looking at the nitty-gritty details of waste management and exploring how best to transfer the host city’s concept to their own town.

16/06/2011

Thailand

Going Beyond - Spreading the Story of DELGOSEA Best Practices to other Local Governments in Thailand

At the annual meeting of the Municipal League of Thailand (MLT) Worawut Sornum, (DELGOSEA Thailand) took the opportunity and presented the 16 best practices on local governance to the more than 2,000 local government officials present.

14/06/2011

Thailand

Preserving Architectural Heritage as a Way of Increasing Tourism - ManLuNa Cluster from Misamis Visits Old Phuket

6 - 11 June 2011. The LGU delegation from ManLuNa cluster in Misamis Oriental, Philippines, drew an important conclusion at the end of their study visit to their best practice city, Old Phuket, in Thailand: the best way to gain an insight into a project is to meet local stakeholders and see for yourself what the realities on the ground look like.

26/05/2011

Cambodia

An Improved DELGOSEA, Agenda of Cambodia Meeting

Topping the agenda of the Coordination Meeting held in Cambodia on 25-26 May 2011 are the introduction of new DELGOSEA colleagues and new ways of sharing information for DELGOSEA partners and stakeholders.

11/05/2011

Indonesia

Rallying the Support of Various Stakeholders, Indonesia National Workshop Organized

Jakarta, Indonesia. With the main goal of addressing the challenges confronting pilot cities in replication, DELGOSEA Indonesia hold the First National Workshop on 11 May 2011 at Grand Kemang Hotel in Jakarta. Representatives from the pilot cities and BP sites top the list of attendees for the workshop. Also, in attendance are representatives from the academe, civil society, local government associations, and central government.

06/05/2011

Indonesia

Better Appreciation for Replication, Tra Vinh Delegates Visit Jogjakarta

2. - 5. May 2011. With the goal of developing a deeper understanding on the best practice being replicated, a delegation from Tra Vinh City visited Jogjakarta, Indonesia on 2. - 5. May 2011. The delegation headed by no less than the Vice-Chairman of the People’s Committee, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Van stayed in Jogjakarta for four days to better appreciate the E-Government as the Breakthrough to Enhance Government Performance and Services (“e-government”), the Best Practice (BP) Model of Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Joining the Vice-Chairman are officials from Tra Vinh City and Pattaya coaches. The coaches were also utilized as interpreters for the delegation.

05/05/2011

Philippines

1st DELGOSEA Philippines National Workshop…A Success!

Manila, Philippines. The first National Workshop of DELGOSEA Philippines held on 5 May 2011 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila was a success. With the goal of improving their own transfer concepts, pilot cities were able to share issues and challenges in replicating their chosen best practice and network with academic institutions, media, and representatives from the civil society. The national workshop has two parts; (1) each pilot area reported their progress on the transfer concept and (2) academe, members of the civil society and media were able to provide specific recommendations on how to address challenges experienced by the pilot sites.

29/04/2011

Thailand

Collaboration Ensured, Thailand National Workshop on Local Governance Best Practices Launched

On 29 April 2011 , in collaboration with Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and Municipal League of Thailand, DELGOSEA Thailand launched the National Workshop on Local Governance Best Practices in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference aims to solicit inputs from national government bodies, academic sector and civil society organizations on the draft transfer concepts of the four Thai pilot municipalities, namely; Chiang Rai, Yala, Songkhla and Pakkret.

29/04/2011

Thailand

Thai Pilot Cities’ Draft Project Proposals on Best Practice Replication: Inputs of National Bodies and Academic Sector

Bangkok: Risk management, public needs and communication, including stakeholders and workable implementation mechanism are put into spotlight as essential components the four Thai pilot municipalities should take into account in the refinement of their best practice replication projects.

26/04/2011

Cambodia

Best Practices Local Governance National Workshop Launches in Cambodia

DELGOSEA Team in Cambodia, in close collaboration with the National League of Commune/Sangkats (NLC/S), organizes a one-day workshop in Phnom Penh on April 26, 2011 with up to 40 local government stakeholders of Kampot and Choam Chao, officials of the Ministry of Interior, staff and advisors at the Secretariat of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDDS), lecturers and students of various academic institutions and other concerned NGO/IOs as well as development partners to discuss and finalize DELGOSEA best practices‟ transfer concept development.

24/04/2011

India

DELGOSEA Project Gaining Popularity, Pilot Areas Featured in UCLG-ASPAC Meeting in India

Kerala, India. Two of the pilot areas were featured in the UCLG-ASPAC Executive Bureau Meeting held on 22-25 April 2011 in Kerala, India. Mr. Hugua, Regent of Wakatobi representing the Association of Indonesian Regency (APKASI) in Indonesia while the Deputy Mayor of Takuapa Municipality, Mr. Suntisuk Na Thalang representing the Municipal League of Thailand (MLT) were the resource speakers in one of the sessions entitled “Impact of Climate Change & Adaptation System.” Both speakers included the DELGOSEA project in their presentation. Also, during the Executive Bureau Meeting, Dr. Rudolf Hauter, UCLG-ASPAC Secretary-General briefed the audience on the progress of the DELGOSEA Project and the list of activities lined-up for 2011.

15/04/2011

Viet Nam

Local Governance Best Practices National Workshop Launches in Vietnam

DELGOSEA Team in Vietnam, in close collaboration with the Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN), organizes a one-day workshop in Hanoi on April 15, 2011 with up to 16 local government stakeholders from participating pilot cities: Danang, Vinh, and Tra Vinh to discuss and finalize DELGOSEA best practices’ (BP) transfer concept development. Lang Son – one of the host cities in Vietnam whose best practice on administrative reforms was selected by DELGOSEA, will also be taking part in the workshop.

05/04/2011

Thailand

Chiang Rai Takes On Waste Management Joint Action Replication Activities

Chiang Rai Municipality, one of the four selected pilot municipalities in Thailand for DELGOSEA, and its stakeholders, are now making one step further towards guidelines on joint waste management.

05/04/2011

Cambodia

Mayor of Kampot Presented Urban Waste Management Replication Efforts in Colombo, Sri Lanka

During a study visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka for a three-day workshop with UN-Habitat on March 29-31, 2011, the Mayor of Kampot, Mr Neak Sovannary took the initiative to present and promote Kampot Municipality current efforts and future action plan for 2011-2013 on urban waste management activity with DELGOSEA. This presentation marked a distinctive expansion of DELGOSEA local governance best practices’ replication information to South Asian countries.

04/04/2011

National Workshops On Best Practices Replication To Be Launched

A move towards democratic local governance requires political support and commitment by all government stakeholders including those at the national level. Acknowledging the importance of having all level of pilot cities’ and national stakeholders collaborate in the best practice (BP) replication process, DELGOSEA will soon launch a one-day national workshop to engage them further to ensure their support for policy or strategy development on replication framework.

27/03/2011

Viet Nam

Tra Vinh – First Steps for the Replication of E-Government Services

DELGOSEA National Coordinator in Vietnam, Prof. Dr Do Hau, and two local governance coaches, Mrs Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang and Mrs Nguyen Thi Thu Cuc, conducted a two days meeting from 9-10 March 2011 with Tra Vinh City’s representatives to discuss the transfer concept of selected Best Practice (BP) “E-Government as the Breakthrough to Enhance Government Performances and Services” from Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

23/03/2011

Indonesia

Transfer Concept Development Workshop in Pangkal Pinang

The first session of the transfer concept development workshop between Technical Working Group in Pangkal Pinang with DELGOSEA National Coordinator, Natalis Padang, local coach Mr Yasser Arafat and local governance expert Eri Trinurini Adhi, took place on March 17, 2011. Under the leadership of the local office for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Pangkal Pinang plans to strengthen the capacities of the fisherfolk in fishing, sales and marketing, and to establish a solid culture for environmentally friendly fishing.

22/03/2011

Indonesia

Best Practice Transfer Concept Development in Kupang

Kupang City has selected the best practice Marikina Eco-Saver from the Philippines which is focused on the education of school pupils and parents on waste management.

21/03/2011

Indonesia

Transfer Concept Development Workshop in Wakatobi

Local coach Mr Dendy A Borman and ADKASI’s representative Mr Awaluddin, with DELGOSEA local governance expert, Mrs Eri Trinurini Adhi conducted the first session on transfer concept development workshop with Wakatobi Technical Working Group on February 17-18, 2011. This session discussed key areas that pilot city wish to address through the replication of selected best practice and the planned next steps.

21/03/2011

Indonesia

Tarakan City Prepares for Best Practice Transfer Concept

Tarakan City has run a program awarding schools for their efforts on environmental education (Adiwiyata program). Based on the meeting between Technical Working Group members with DELGOSEA local coach Mr Mujadid Rais, representative of APEKSI Mrs Indah Wibinastiti, and local governance expert Eri Trinurini Adhi on February 22-23, 2011, Tarakan City will use these existing structures and expand this program by learning from the Eco-Saver program from Marikina in the Philippines.

18/03/2011

Philippines

Transfer Concept Development Workshop in Bacolod City

Bacolod City, one the pilots in the Philippines, conducted a workshop on February 17-18, 2011 on Best Practice Transfer Concept development. The workshop was attended by members of the Technical Working Group, respective governmental offices from each pilot area, DELGOSEA Team in Manila, and facilitated by DELGOSEA local coach, Ms Gilda Lluisma. A followed up meeting with potential civil society organization, academia, and private sector partners was further conducted on March 14, 2011.

17/03/2011

Philippines

ManLuNa and BinKiSu Start Best Practice Transfer Concept Development

On February 14-15, 2011, two pilot areas in the Philippines namely ManLuNa and BinKisu cluster of municipalities in Misamis Oriental Province conducted a two-day workshop to draft Best Practice (BP) replication transfer concept. ManLuNa and BinKisu will replicate the BP on tourism as modeled by Phuket City in Thailand “Preservation of Old Town and Revival of Traditions”. Members of the ManLuNa and BinKiSu Technical Working Group, which was set up by the local governments for replication purpose and respective governmental offices from each pilot area attended this workshop with the facilitation of DELGOSEA local coach, Ms Hilda I. Corpuz.

07/03/2011

Cambodia

Choam Chao’ Sangkat Prepares Groundwork for Transfer Concept Development

DELGOSEA Team in Cambodia together with local coaches; Prak Munny, Min Sopanith and Chhim Sopheark facilitated a three-day workshop with representatives from pilot area Choam Chao, a Sangkat or urban commune on 24-26 February 2011. The workshop led to an effective result where all concerned stakeholders in Choam Chao analyzed its existing condition and used the findings as the basis to establish project activities logical framework and elaborate next steps for the development of a transfer concept to improve the situation of street vendors as well as waste collection and waste water treatment in Choam Chao.

11/02/2011

Indonesia

Kupang City Expands Learning from Marikina’s Waste Management

In its efforts to further disseminate local governance best practices (BP) to broad audience of local government stakeholders and civil society organizations, DELGOSEA, through the role of local coach in Kupang City, East Nusa Tenggara Province, took the opportunity to promote BP replication plan during an education seminar in the city. This event was attended by more than a hundred participants from government departments, non-government organizations, education institutions, parents of school children, and media on February 7, 2011.

10/02/2011

Philippines

BINKISU Cluster Meeting on Best Practice Replication Plan

On February 1, 2011 at the Sanggunian Bayan Session Hall of the Municipality of Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental, the BINKISU municipalities namely Binuangan, Kinoguitan and Sugbongcogon and other stakeholders joined the Conference of Mayors (COM) and members of the Inter-Municipal Team (IMT) to follow up plan on developing tourism to improve the lives’ of local people in the said municipalities, as part of their collaboration in DELGOSEA’s Best Practice (BP) replication. The BINKISU meeting also highlighted the signing of the Executive Order organizing the Best Practice Replication Technical Working Group by the three respective Mayors.

09/02/2011

Viet Nam

Report from National Coordinator in Vietnam – December 2010 to January 2011

DELGOSEA National Coordinator in Vietnam, Prof. Do Hau, with local government association partner- Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN) representatives, and local coaches have visited three pilot cities to discuss plan on Best Practice (BP) Transfer Concept and replication action plan since December 2010.

09/02/2011

Philippines

Report from National Coordinator in the Philippines – December 2010 to January 2011

DELGOSEA National Coordinator in Philippines, Mr. Crescencio M.Doma Jr., has organized coordination meetings with pilot cities’ representatives between December 2010 to January 2011 to discuss the next step on Best Practices Transfer Concept development and replication plans.

07/02/2011

Indonesia

Report from National Coordinator In Indonesia – December 2010 to January 2011

Indonesian local governance coaches continued to undertake in-country preparations on facilitating local governance best practices replications at pilot cities during a one-day meeting in Jakarta with Dr. Rudolf Hauter, National Coordinator (picture).

07/02/2011

Thailand

Report from National Coordinator in Thailand – December 2010 to January 2011

Following the capacity building workshop for local coaches in Pattaya, the Director of Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), Dr Paul Chamniern, presented updates on DELGOSEA program including overview on Best Practices replication and planned activities with pilot cities in Thailand during the Municipal League of Thailand (MLT) annual conference on December 14, 2010.

02/02/2011

Indonesia

DELGOSEA Coordination Meeting Concludes On Transfer Concept Development and Country Networking Strategy

DELGOSEA Management Team, represented by Project Director, Dr Peter Köppinger, Project Manager, Susanne Stephan, and five National Coordinators and Administrative Assistants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Thailand conducted a three-days meeting in Jakarta on January 25-27, 2011, to finalize Best Practice (BP) Transfer Concept development and subsequent replication activities with pilot cities.

01/02/2011

Cambodia

Report from National Coordinator in Cambodia – December 2010 to January 2011

The local governance coaches in Cambodia have started preliminary engagements with respective pilot cities’ representatives to share planned activities on Best Practice (BP) replication and foster working relation with the local government’s office since December 2010.

01/02/2011

Philippines

Setting the Tone of DELGOSEA Best Practice Replication in Manluna-Binkisu Clusters

About fifty key stakeholders met on 17 January 2011 at Naawan, Misamis Oriental for a coordination meeting on Best Practice (BP) replication process for MANLUNA (Manticao, Lugait, Naawan) and BINKISU (Binuangan, Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon) Clusters. The meeting was also joined by DELGOSEA Project Manager Susanne Stephan and National Coordinator Crescencio M. Doma, Jr. of DELGOSEA who support the local government units in bringing up the clustering aspect to enhance the BP replication process.

27/01/2011

Short Best Practices (BPs) Descriptions Are Now Available

Short descriptions of sixteen Best Practices (BP) by DELGOSEA partner cities/municipalities are now ready online.

11/01/2011

Philippines

One Pangasinan Alliance of Local Government Units (OPAL) Presents Its Action Plan for Wetland Construction

One Pangasinan Alliance of Local Government Units or OPAL, one of the three DELGOSEA’s pilot cities partner in the Philippines, facilitated an evaluation meeting followed with site visit by the project team on December 14, 2010. During this occasion, the Alliance highlighted the implementation status of DELGOSEA activities and its action plan to replicate Best Practice (BP) on constructed wetland from Udonthani, Thailand.

29/11/2010

Thailand

Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches – Activities and Follow Up

DELGOSEA Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches in Pattaya, Thailand on November 18-25, 2010 was aimed to equip local coaches and partner Local Government Associations in providing adequate facilitation to support local governance Best Practices (BP) transfer and implementation by pilot cities.

20/11/2010

Thailand

Cities and Municipalities Joint Actions to Address Shared Problems - DELGOSEA Welcomes Local Coaches to Capacity Development Workshop

Dr Peter Köppinger (Country Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Philippines and DELGOSEA Project Director) and Mr Prai Pattano (President of Municipal League of Thailand and Mayor of Hat Yai) welcomed the local coaches from DELGOSEA participating countries in Pattaya, Thailand on November 18. In the opening ceremony, they highlighted the importance of joint efforts in addressing the shared problems in the region in order to improve the welfare of the people.

18/11/2010

Thailand

DELGOSEA Starts Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches

The Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia (DELGOSEA), in collaboration with local government association partners: Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and Municipal League of Thailand (MLT), host a capacity development workshop for up to 60 local governance coaches from DELGOSEA partner countries of Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines starting November 18 -25, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand.

18/11/2010

Thailand

Capacity Development Workshop- Welcome Remarks by Dr. Peter Köppinger

Welcome remarks by Dr. Peter Köppinger (DELGOSEA Project Director and Philippines Country Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung) during the opening ceremony of the Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches, DELGOSEA project, on November 18, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand.

11/11/2010

DELGOSEA Gears Up For Local Coaches Capacity Development Workshop in Pattaya, Thailand, November 18-25, 2010

The project is in final preparation to organize a seven-day workshop for local coaches’ capacity development in facilitating local governance best practices transfer, to be held in Pattaya, Thailand on November 18-25, 2010.

10/11/2010

DELGOSEA Brochure Published

DELGOSEA published a project-brochure on November 5, 2010 in English for wide distribution to its stakeholders and partners.
A local language version will be available soon in each partner country.

29/10/2010

Indonesia

DELGOSEA Develops Best Practice’s Training Materials

DELGOSEA National Coordinators and local governance experts, with facilitations by Ruth Gruber (expert on decentralization and local governance) and Eri Trinurini-Adhi (curriculum expert) developed Best Practice’s training materials on September 14-17, 2010 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

29/10/2010

Indonesia

Local Governance Best Practice Sharing with Yogyakarta E-Government Team

DELGOSEA National Coordinators, local governance experts, and UCLG-ASPAC Secretary General, Peter Woods, visited the Yogyakarta City Information Technology and Telemathics (TIT) Office on September 16, 2010 to discuss implementation of E-Government in Yogyakarta City, Indonesia and observe public service activities at E-Permits and E-Procurement offices.

21/09/2010

Philippines

Bacolod City Teams Up with DELGOSEA to Replicate People Private Public Partnership Best Practice

The Bacolod City government in the Philippines, through Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF), teams up with the Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia (DELGOSEA) to replicate local governance best practice on People Private Public Partnership from Cambodia. This joint, trans-national, effort in replicating this best practice is further consolidated through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Bacolod City government and the DELGOSEA Project in Bacolod New Government Center on September 6, 2010.

26/08/2010

New Municipalities Join DELGOSEA to Replicate Good Governance Best Practices

The Partnership for Democratic Local Governance project or DELGOSEA has started preparing the transfer process of good governance best practices by formally engaging several municipal governments across partnering Southeast-Asian countries as pilot cities through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) since July 2010.

02/08/2010

Philippines

DELGOSEA Launches Kick-Off Meeting on Best Practices Replication Training Material

To support the implementation and monitoring of transnational replication of local governance best practices , a group of 13 National Coordinators and local governance experts with DELGOSEA conducted a two-day meeting in Manila, Philippines on August 3-4, 2010, to discuss the outline and structure of best practices replication training material.

15/06/2010

Transnational workshop in Phnom Penh

Best Practice Examples on Local Governance from municipalities in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam presented in transnational workshop in Phnom Penh (DELGOSEA).

During the three day workshop from 10th-12th June 2010, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the EC co-funded project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia” (DELGOSEA), presented the outcomes of the research assessment on best practice examples from local governments/municipalities from five countries in Southeast-Asia.

03/06/2010

New Network Launched on Best Practice Exchange on Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia

The project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia” has officially started its activities. The project is co-funded by the European Commission and covering five countries in Southeast-Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

08/05/2010

Basic Research Results on Best Practice Identification and Pilot Places presented in Hanoi Workshop

The EC co-funded regional project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia” presented its first research results on the identification of Best Practice examples in local governance. The workshop was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 21st April 2010 and hosted by the partner organization Association of Vietnamese Cities (ACVN).

18/03/2010

Philippines

Workshop on the promotion of best practice exchange in democratic local governance in Southeast Asia

In the framework of the EC co-funded project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia” ten Local Government Associations (LGAs) and several NGOs met for the first time in Manila, Philippines…

16/03/2010

Philippines

Inception and Management Workshop starts regional project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia”

During 15th-19th March 2010 the first workshop of the project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia” was held in Manila, Philippines. The project is co-funded by the European Commission and the German Ministry for Development Cooperation and covering five countries in Southeast-Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam….

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