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Multilevel Governance Systems as Enabler for SDG Localisation Processes



Governance Structures and Strategies, Localising


Guidelines and Diagnostics


The requirements to enable localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – e.g., empowering local and regional governance as stronger partners, providing them with access to adequate funding, improving subnational accountability mechanisms and performance incentives, developing better means to enhance national and subnational capacity – are even stronger because working towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and advancing an inclusive and resilient recovery at all levels are conceived as two sides of the same coin. Therefore, effective multilevel governance systems must urgently be put in place to enhance policy coherence and effectiveness of delivery, while developing national recovery plans, placing territories and SDG localization at the very centre.


By relying on the expertise of a broad-based knowledge partnership composed by the Action Research for CO-development (ARCO), LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Brookings Institution, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and UN-Habitat, this project explores how effective multilevel governance systems can promote the localisation of the SDGs, and hence a sustainable, green, and inclusive post-pandemic recovery. The preliminary synthesis report presents i) a novel conceptual and analytical framework, ii) snapshot of the main recent trends in the core drivers and practice areas and iii) key insights and operational implications.