The Future of the DELGOSEA Network

The Future of the DELGOSEA Network
31/10/2012

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.

First and foremost, DELGOSEA will continue to be a forum for the exchange of knowledge across cities in Southeast Asia. As such, it will be open for new best practices on good local governance and for contacts with pilot cities that are interested in replication. The website will become a major communication tool for sharing best practices within DELGOSEA partner countries and beyond.

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 office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Manila will therefore continue to act as coordination office for the network. A communication manager will be responsible for looking after the DELGOSEA website, its Facebook pages, the Twitter and YouTube accounts. The continuation of the DELGOSEA newsletter will ensure that all of DELGOSEA’s friends continue to receive regular updates of events in the network, developments within the original pilot cities and new initiatives originating from network members.

The second pillar of the DELGOSEA network will continue to be on advocacy and lobbying for better framework conditions on the regional level. The experiences of the pilot cities and the restrictions faced in implementing good local governance projects will directly feed into this part. With the establishment of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee and the ASEAN Liaison Office under the auspices of UCLG ASPAC in Jakarta the ground has been prepared for concerted efforts to reach a much stronger cooperation on democratic local governance within ASEAN.

To sum up, by focusing on advocacy and networking, it will be ensured that the network can continue to pursue its long-term aim of increasing the exchange of best practices in local government across regional borders as well as to reach a better representation of the issues that affect local governance on the ASEAN level.

Further news on the future of DELGOSEA on www.DELGOSEA.eu:

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

Short Memo: Rallying Round in Support of DELGOSEA

Exit Strategies: Continuing DELGOSEA in Each Project Country

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

For the Pilot Cities the Journey Continues