Introducing DELGOSEA II - the Next Phase of the Network

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).

Peter Koeppinger, the director of the Adenauer Foundation's Manila office and previous project director of DELGOSEA's first incarnation as an EU co-funded project, has the details: "The concept rests on two main pillars: Firstly, DELGOSEA will continue to be a forum for the exchange of knowledge across local governments in Southeast Asia. The second pillar of the DELGOSEA network will continue to be on advocacy and lobbying for better framework conditions on the regional level."

To reflect the regional character of the network as well as the role of each partner, the responsibilities for the two different aspects will be split between Manila and Jakarta. The KAS office in Manila will continue to act as coordination office for the network with the aim of extending the number of countries and network members in the future, hoping to eventually cover all ASEAN countries. Activities coordinated from Manila will include identifying and documenting best practices on democratic local governance, organizing regular meetings for knowledge exchange on relevant topics and maintaining the network's communication tools. As Peter Koeppinger emphasizes: "For the sustainability and continuation of the partnerships and friendships that have developed between best practice and pilot cities, LGAs and civil society, it is vital to maintain the existing communication tools so that members can stay in touch and continue to develop their relationship."

The DELGOSEA Standing Committee and the ASEAN Liaison Office, on the other hand, will be situated in Jakarta - close to the ASEAN secretariat and hosted by UCLG ASPAC, making it possible to explore synergies between the organisations. The Standing Committee will be 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 govnernance.

The implementing body of the Standing Committee will be the 'Liaison Office for ASEAN', based at the secretariat of UCLG ASPAC, with a responsibility for monitoring relevant policies, observe on-going developments within ASEAN and draft policy briefs. With the establishment of these two bodies, Peter Koeppinger believes, that "the ground has been prepared for concerted efforts to reach a much stronger cooperation on democratic local governance within ASEAN."

A first internal planning workshop to develop concrete plans for the first few months will take place in February 2013 in Bangkok.

Further news on DELGOSEA II on

The Future of the DELGOSEA Network

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