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Decentralized Governance and Peacebuilding

from UN System Staff College
Registration deadline: 19 Nov 2018 Training date: 19 Nov 2018 to 17 Dec 2018 More Information

Local governments are often the first to collapse when factions fight for territorial control. In post-conflict settings, the state is often unable to effectively reach parts of its territory for years. Given these challenges, it is no surprise that decentralization and local governance provisions are increasingly prominent in peace agreements and national post-conflict peacebuilding agendas.

This 4-week online course explores how decentralization contributes to peacebuilding and identifies the elements of local governance that are most relevant in a post-conflict/peacebuilding context. Concrete case studies are used to illustrate successful decentralization reforms and peacebuilding efforts at the local level.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Analyse the different forms of decentralized governance (deconcentration, delegation, devolution) and their implications on the organisation of the State at the subnational level;
  • Identify key elements that can improve the effectiveness of a decentralization process for peacebuilding;
  • Examine the relationship between decentralization and peacebuilding, and assess the extent to which effective decentralized governance may help prevent or mitigate the risk of violent conflicts, and/or contribute to their peaceful resolution

Course Contents

The modules focus on:

  • Decentralized governance: key concepts;
  • Effective decentralization for peacebuilding;
  • The politics of decentralized governance;
  • Fiscal decentralization and accountability;
  • Security, crime and rule of law in a decentralized framework;
  • Role of decentralization in improving local economies in the delivery of basic services;
  • Decentralization case studies.
Fee information:
500 USD
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