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‘Localizing’ the Post-2015 agenda: What does it mean in practice?

ODI Report by Paula Lucci (January 2015)

There have been a number of discussions and consultations on the ‘localization’ of the Post-2015 agenda.

This short ODI report discusses different possible meanings of this term and their practical implications for how local governments could use a new set of development goals. It primarily contrasts two complementarily meanings of localization: first, ‘localizing’ as monitoring development progress at sub-national level, and second, ‘localizing’ as the role of local governments in implementing global development goals.

As implied by the very concept of ‘localization’, the author argues that the meaning of the term will ultimately depend on the context and the specific characteristics of countries’ decentralization systems.

Read the full report:
Paula Lucci. 2015. ‘Localising’ the Post-2015 agenda: What does it mean in practice? London: ODI.

Other relevant readings:
Governance of Public Policies in Decentralised Contexts: The Multi-Level Approach (OECD, 2011)
Localizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Achieving the post-2015 SDGs requires that the goals are ‘localized’ (UNDP, 2015)

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