Over the last decades, and in line with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, cities and regions have played an important part in helping to implement global agendas at local level through their Decentralised Development Cooperation (DDC) activities.
This Report is a joint study conducted by the OECD and the European Commission and its results provide an assessment of the major trends in DDC practices, finance and governance. It is an important step forward in understanding current practices as well as new opportunities raised by the implementation at local and regional government levels.
For the OECD this study highlights the unique role of local and regional authorities in development co-operation including Official Development Assistance (ODA) flows and underlines the need for better reporting of DDC activities from providing countries.
For the European Commission this general overview is critical in drawing valuable lessons and in aiding future engagement in the field. The findings are also important in helping to adapt DDC to the challenges and goals of the 2030 Agenda and the European Consensus on Development.
This study is both timely and relevant in understanding how cities and regions support their partners in developing countries in order to achieve global sustainable development agendas.
The country profile of Greece indicates that until 2009, projects in the framework of DDR were carried out via several municipalities, provinces and regions, but the financial crisis has impacted the country’s development programme including DDR.