Best Practices - Introduction

At the heart of DELGOSEA I was the exchange of best practices between the five participating countries. 

In the first phase of project implementation, an intensive research was done to determine the success stories (best practices) in local governance in each of the five participating countries.

The best practices were chosen based on four aspects of local governance:

  1. Peoples' Participation in Planning and Decision Making;
  2. Institutional governance;
  3. Inclusive urban public services;
  4. Fiscal Management and Investment Planning.

Overview, full versions & short versions of the DELGOSEA best practices.


As part of DELGOSEA II the best practice exchange is continuing. The network is continuously researching new best practices from the ASEAN region and is publishing these on the DELGOSEA website for other cities to be inspired by and to replicate.


New Best Practices 2013 

There were two broad criteria for the selection of best practices:

  1. It can be transferred and adopted in countries and local governments with different political and cultural backgrounds;
  2. It can have a real impact in terms of improving the living conditions of rural people. 

Specifically, the best practice projects should:

  • be innovative in one of the four aspects or fields in local governance;
  • have a high transferability potential, taking into account the administrative and political environment as well as socio-cultural factors;
  • be of sustainable character;
  • be reasonable in institutional as well as in financial viability aspects;
  • be cost-efficient;
  • respect the Good Governance Principles of the United Nations.

From 27 proposals, the project selected 16 examples of best practices for replication in other places. The selection was done in a regional workshop with partners and all key stakeholders.

Overview, full versions & short versions of the DELGOSEA best practices.

Training Guidelines and Curricula on Local Governance Replication.


"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."