Learning Sessions - 14 October 2016

UCLG’s strategic mandate is to support the learning amongst members by promoting decentralized cooperation and peer-to-peer ties between regional and local governments and their associations. It is important to note that the UCLG Learning Agenda is demand driven and aims at strengthening policy of the world organization and its members. Special attention is given to engagement of members from the global South. The on-site sharing of knowledge, practices and challenges presents a unique opportunity for participants to learn from others.
“Cities learn by building the work on common problems, dealing with local community needs and demands, and finding innovative responses. In that sense, each city functions as a “lab” of experiences to the others.” 
Maria Regina Rau de Souza, Technical Chair of the UCGL Committee on Urban Stretegic Planning, City of Porto Alegre. 


Learning Forum Practical Session: Finance - 14 October 2016: 09:00 – 10:30

The thematic session on local finance will be designed using the peer review methodology. The main objective is to share experiences and knowledge on financial management and citizens’ participation. The session will be the opportunity to confront diverse visions of participatory budgeting, form countries with diverse contexts of decentralization and various degrees of inclusion of the population. There will be two tables to discuss different case studies. One table will be exchanging on the experience of Sfax in french. The second will be the case of La Paz. At the end of the session, questions will be raised to help the cities to find practical solutions to their problems.

Co-Organizers: UCLG Committee on Local Finance with the support of the UCLG Committee for Social Inclusion, Participative Democracy and Human Rights

Learning Forum Practical Sessions – City to city exchange and south-south & triangular cooperation on decent work - 14 October 2016: 11:00 – 12:30

The thematic session will explore the value of City-to-City cooperation linked to the challenges of the SDG 8. City to city cooperation has been increasingly linked to, and has benefited from the practice of South-South and triangular cooperation as an innovative means to develop local solutions to often global issues. SSTC constitutes an exchange among equals, the identification of innovative practices, and promotes collaborative initiatives at the national, regional, and interregional levels.

Participants will work on topics related to local economic development and decent work on which they have already engaged or wish to engage in the future. They will be asked to identify synergies and possible linkages in order to reinforce City to city cooperation on decent work.

A final debate, building on the discussions, will help examine potential topics and partners.

Co-Organizers: - International Labour Organization

Learning Forum Practical Session Public Space - 14 October 2016: 18:00 – 19:30

The session on public space links to the Learning Agenda directly as the information influencing the content - namely the Policy Framework - was developed using some of the material obtained during Learning Exchanges. This session provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of learning exchanges and to showcase how learning can be used to influence and shape policy development at the local level.

The thematic session on Public Space will be designed using a modified version of the world cafe methodology. For the Public Space workshop we want to develop together with all co-organizers a common question related to the importance of learning in relation to the SDG 11 in particular public space. All co-organizers will have time to present and explore more concrete questions related to learning and Public Space as a key lever for urban development.

Co-Organizers: - UCLG Committee on Urban Strategic Planning