Decentralization Roundtable Meeting to be held

Jun 27, 2012

Key Government officials to discuss status and implementation of decentralization

27 June 2012 – Juba - The Roundtable Meeting on Decentralization will be held 28 and 29 June at the South Sudan Hotel.  Organized by the Office of the President - Directorate of Inter-Governmental Linkages, Council of States, Local Government Board and with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this two-day meeting will examine the current policy and regulatory frameworks and the institutional arrangement and mandates for the implementation of decentralization, and consider progress towards decentralization.

Decentralization refers to the devolution of centralized powers - fiscal, administrative and political – to regional or local governments.  It is a priority for South Sudan and is affirmed in the Transitional Constitution of 2011.  Studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between decentralized governance and the ability of governments to meet basic needs, reduce poverty and invest for growth.

Experience also shows that an effective system of decentralized governance is strengthened by continuous national and state dialogue using democratic, transparent, and participative processes.  This roundtable discussion is part of this process of shaping decentralization policy in South Sudan to enable a governance structure that is more responsive to the development needs of the country.

In addition to discussions on decentralization strategies for South Sudan, there will be presentations on the Local Government Act of 2009 and a UNDP Lessons Learned study on Decentralization experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa. 


Date:                     Thursday 28 June & Friday 29 June 2012

Time:                     9h00 – 17h00

Location:             South Sudan Hotel, Juba, South Sudan

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

  • Honourable Tor Deng Mawien, Presidential Advisor on Decentralization and Intergovernmental Linkages
  • Honourable Mayen Wol Jong, Chief Administrator, Office to the President
  • Mr. Michael Majok Agar, Director General, Directorate of Decentralization and Intergovernmental Relations
  • The ten Ministers from the State Ministries of Local Government and Law Enforcement
  • George Conway, Country Director, a.i., UNDP South Sudan
  • Representatives from the International development community


Contact information

Marguerite Nowak

Communications Officer

United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan

Cell: 095 619 1254

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