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Program of Support to Regional Governance and Local Economic Development (PAGOURDEL)

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  • Location(s): Mauritius
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Economy, Sustainable Development
  • SDG(s): 8. Decent Work and Economic, 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • Locations in Africa: Mauritius
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Economy, Sustainable Development
  • SDGs in Africa: 8. Decent Work and Economic, 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution

Summary: The UNDP Country Office supported Mauritania in organizing a series of technical visits to Cape Verde and Brazil to enable a high-level Mauritanian delegation including national and local stakeholders and partners in the program - to guide and to refine their vision and draw inspiration from the implementation of the new local and sustainable economic development program, which will have to register and support it.

Challenge: Mauritania has only 0.5% of arable land, being a desert country, and it is the fourth least densely populated country in Africa (4.3 million inhabitants and a density of 3.9 square kilometer). Although there has been real GDP growth of 3.5% in 2017, the economic recovery remains insufficient given population growth and only translates into a 1.1% increase in real per capita income (Bank World, January 2019)

Solution: The UNDP Mauritania Office, with the support of the UNDP ART initiative, assists the Government of Mauritania in the implementation of a new regional governance support program for the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ) and Local Economic Development (LED).

Cape Verde, in particular, which hosts the 4th edition of the World Forum for Local Economic Development, organized under the theme: "Local Economic Development as a means to achieve equality, equity and cohesion in the framework of the Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals ", with a view to exploring, more precisely, three main thematic areas perceiving the LED as:

  • Fundamental pillar for creating integration and social cohesion in the territories;
  • Pillar for resilient and peaceful societies in fragile contexts;
  • Base for sustainable and inclusive economies

Brazil was prioritized as a result of the exchanges made, with the support of UNDP between the Mauritanian and Brazilian delegations present at the Praia Forum DEL. Following its exchanges in the field of LED and the establishment of regional agencies for local economic development, both parties expressed their interest in sharing know-how, particularly in partnership with the CNM (Confédération National Municipalités Brésiliennes ); SEBRAE (national SME support organization)

The delegation drew a set of lessons from these two missions, mainly:

  1. Knowledge of different institutional, economic models of its national environment. These models allowed the delegation to enrich themselves and compare the various situations encountered with our practices and our texts;
  2. Acquiring a shared vision of local economic development at the global level and promoting LED as an effective way to achieve sustainable development through the 2030 Agenda;
  3. The main role of local and regional governments and their associations, and the dialogue between cities for mutual learning, with a view to enabling efficient and inclusive processes of conduct, in coordination with governments and national policies; and in particular, the crucial role of intermediate cities in promoting urban-rural linkages and integration through sustainable patterns of production and consumption;
  4. The relevance of integrated LED systems as a means of locating SDGs;
  5. The potential of LED as a vector of socio-economic and territorial cohesion, to enable synergies and reduce disparities through cooperation and territorial partnerships, and to take advantage of the alternative dynamics of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation (SSTC);
  6. The key role of transforming the private sector - and more specifically SMEs and their networks - to enable partnerships and synergies for the implementation of the SDGs at the territorial level, through the creation of decent shared jobs ...;
  7. The role of local authorities and territories in promoting local development is essential. In this context, the region occupies a prominent place as a space for coordination, regulation, implementation of local strategies and catalyst for development;
  8. The need to engage a partnership between the Association of Mayors of Mauritania and the National Confederation of Municipalities to benefit from their experience in the field;
  9. Take inspiration from the Brazilian model of organization to reform the AMM by transforming it into an association of municipalities instead of an association of mayors.

Country of Origin: Mauritania

Beneficiary Country: Mauritania

Supported by: UNDP Mauritania

Implementing Agencies: Government of Mauritania / UNDP Mauritania

Project status: In progress

Duration and schedule of the project: 2016 - 2021

Fah Brahim Jiddou
Governance Leader
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