Regional development

OECD project on Decentralised Development Co-operation (DDC)


At a time when the post-crisis fiscal pressure on local and regional governments is severe in many countries, time has come to take stock of decades of decentralised development co-operation, so as to track related financial flows, to learn from what has worked or not, and to suggest ways forward to guide the action of donors, governments and stakeholders in a shared responsibility. 


Developed in collaboration with EC DG Devco in 2017, the OECD project on Decentralised Development Co-operation aims to analyse recent trends and evolutions in order to understand emerging paradigms, and to suggest policy recommendations for effective multi-level governance across central, regional and local governments.


Data collection relies on 4 OECD Surveys and 4 case studies at sub-national level. The findings will be published in an OECD report and online database available in Q1 2018. The four case studies of the project are: 

  • Tuscany, Italy – DDC to support SDGs localisation
  • Flanders, Belgium – DDC to promote healthcare, agriculture and food security
  • Basque Country, Spain – DDC to promote gender equality 
  • France – DDC and water 


OECD's Aziza Akhmouch on trends in decentralised co-operation




To learn more, visit: 

OECD work on urban development |OECD Development Center |EC DG Devco


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