Local governance to tackle multidimensional poverty and inequality

Since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was set, it has been representing the framework for the vast majority of development initiatives and actions to tackle multidimensional poverty and inequality. Nonetheless, broad discussion continues to characterise the operational strategies for making the new Agenda effective in different arenas of action.

The general objective of this paper is to describe the position of Oxfam and ARCO on how local governance processes play a crucial role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Strengthening local governance means to rely on dialogue and interaction between local authorities, citizens and other stakeholders within communities in order to identify strategic solutions for Sustainable Human Development at the local level. In addition, a territorial perspective makes it possible to design innovative policies that can shape national and international policy change.

Therefore, we believe that a common understanding and framework for local governance is urgently required to build more consistent and effective development strategies and initiatives by engaging with local communities.

The paper was written and coordinated by Mario Biggeri (Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence), Andrea Ferrannini (ARCO – Action Research for CO-development) and Lorenzo Paoli (Oxfam Italy).

Publication date: 26 September 2016

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To consult the appendix of the paper “Where change happens”, please contact lorenzo.paoli@oxfam.it

Tags: local governance, SDGs, sustainable human development, local authorities, active citizenship, civil society, human rights