Democratisation, Decentralisation, Local Governance: IDS-SDC Collaboration

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network (DDLGN) is a platform of about 220 SDC staff, implementing partners and affiliates working on local governance, decentralisation, and democratisation around the world. This project follows on from two successful phases of cooperation between IDS and DDLGN through the projects ‘The Governance of Service Delivery’ and ‘Innovative Ways in Supporting Decentralised and Democratic Local Governance’.

The aim of this third phase of cooperation between IDS and SDC is to provide resesarch support, share learning and collaborate on policy engagement in priority areas of decentralised and democratic local governance, such as:

  • Parliamentary support, political parties and elections
  • Fiscal decentralisation and Public financial management
  • Women’s political empowerment
  • Independent media
  • Conflict and fragility
  • Social inclusion
  • Anticorruption
  • Political economy and power analysis tools and methodologies

Recent work


Adaptive Management in SDC: Challenges and Opportunities

Adaptive management (AM) is a programme management approach that helps international development organisations to become more learning-oriented and more effective in addressing complex development challenges. AM practices have been applied for decades within other sectors as varied as...

1 January 2020