The Project - Introduction
The “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia (DELGOSEA)” was launched in March 2010 and is co-funded by the European Commission and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) of Germany through the German Ministry for Development Cooperation. The project is a network of Local Government Associations (LGAs), local authorities, non-government organizations and academic institutions in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, focusing on transnational exchange of sustainable good governance practices in four main areas: people’s participation in planning and decision-making; institutional governance; urban environment; and fiscal management and investment promotion strategies.
Within 32 months of project duration until October 2012, the project has selected 16 good governance best practices and further facilitate best practice replication in pilot cities in the five partner countries. The best practices have been extensively documented. In addition, training materials have been developed. All publications are available as hard copies from the country offices as well as soft copies from our website. The list and description of these 16 best practices can be found here.
The best practices are workable, results-oriented good governance approaches, frameworks and methodologies applied by local governments in order to better public services’ effectiveness and efficiencies. In a decentralized context, local governments have the power and initiatives to exercise what are best for people in their localities. However, the successful steps taken by local governments will also determine improved living conditions and people's welfare, which would also be beneficial for neighboring cities and countries to learn from and replicate.
The strongest criterion for a good governance best practice is its adaptability and transferability to different countries’ environment, since the replication is transnational in nature.The pilot cities could modify or improve the original best practice to better suit their conditions. A city in Vietnam will select a best practice from Cambodia, for example, and be able to adjust the best practice model into its own set of social, political and cultural backgrounds. DELGOSEA acknowledges the diverse form of good governance practices, while at the same time, uphold the main principles of democracy to be implemented across the region.
The LGAs in the five participating countries will play a key role in this transfer process. They are the main stakeholders of the network and will closely consult and guide the selected pilot local governments in the implementation of the models.
In the end, the project wishes to extend the benefits of good governance best practices for the poor and disadvantaged people, ensuring their increased participation in local planning and decision making processes, and thus contribute to the improvement of their living conditions.
DELGOSEA project design was developed by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) of Germany, the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) in the Philippines, the United Cities and Local Governments for Asia and Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC) and the Association of Indonesian Regency Governments (APKASI), the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), the Association of Cities in Vietnam (ACVN), and the National League of Communes/Sangkats of the Kingdom of Cambodia (NLC/S).