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Study on best practices of social cohesion and social and solidarity economy in Italy
With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, all UN Member States together with the UN System and development partners at large have embarked on a major process to address the challenge of not only implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national level but also locally. The real challenge indeed lies in transforming the aspirations of the SDGs into a reality for communities and individuals by supporting an inclusive and sustainable development of the territories.
The implementation of the SDGs requires an integrated approach that will allow to coordinate and articulate the action among local, regional, national and global facets. The SDGs provide a powerful illustration of the challenges and opportunities that cities and their surroundings present
It is only by considering the entirety of the territory, its endogenous potential, and the role and the relationships between multiple public and private actors, who inhabit it, that it will be possible to effectively implement the development goals and achieve a positive impact, going well beyond the traditional project approach and avoiding the risk of working in silos.
Advancing integrated territrial development will require empowered local and regional governments, together with other key local governance stakeholders; so that they can fulfil role as development actor by better coordinating and aligning development plans; strategies and interventions in their territories.
The implementation of integrated territorial development has been a central axis of the cooperation between Italy and UNDP during the years. Over the past decade, through the support of the UNDP’s ART Initiative, this collaboration has strongly contributed to the set-up of integrated local development systems in more than a dozen countries and hundreds of Italian decentralized cooperation actors have been supported to align their actions to the locally identified priorities and to have a strong development impact in the territories.
The Overall UNDP effort toward the SDGs localisation recognises that the challenges are often interconnected and mutually re-enforced. While providing clear pragmatic guidelines and targets for countries, UNDP also recognises that countries will need to be able to adopt these goals in relation to their own development trajectory, specific priority and characteristics as well as considering regional and global challenges.
UNDP would like to capilaze upon th elong-standing commitment of Italy to implment integrated territorial development initiatives in partner cuntires as well as its experience and excellence in supporting sustainable regionla and local development in its own territories.
Italy excels in pro,oting sustainable territorail development in its own territories. Starting from policies for territorial cohesion, Italy has developed and implemented numerous strategies fo rmore balanced and sustainable development, including through the set-up of a development and cohesion fund and the agnecy for territorial cohesion. The Italian government has made it a priority to respond to the development needs of its territories and to create the structural conditions for improving th equality of life of its citizens. The wealth of experience has the potential to also inform SDG localizing processes also within a development cooperation context.
Over the past decade, aware of the value of the experiences developed by local and regional governments and other territorial actors, UNDP, through the ART initiative and its Hub for territorial partnerships, has facilitated the sharing of experiences, the activation of dialogues, peer-to-peer learning that contributed to shape the development pathways of many territories. These territorial partnerships have been recognized as a strategic modality to deliver mutual benefits between all partners involved.
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed disruption and devastation around the globe, bringing into focus our global connectedness and the interdependencies. Economies have slowed down; daily routines stopped; enterprises are stopped producing; millions of people unemployed simultaneously; and more than a hundred thousand lives lost, the most disadvantaged being also the most affected. COVID 19 puts the territories and sustainable development pathways of the territories even more in the focus when searching for sustainable socio-economic recovery options.
UNDP would like to identify and systematize the most relevant and territorial experiences and policies as a strategic input towards UNDP’s country programmes. UNDP hence looks to identify relevant territorial experiences, tools and methodologies that can support the localization of the SDGs through fostering social cohesion and equitable and sustainable economic development models like social and solidarity economy in its different forms
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Time frame and deadlines
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Technical and functional competences:
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
- Advanced Degree (or equivalent degree/experience) in Political Science, Development Studies, Development Cooperation, International Relations, or a related field.
- Experience: Minimum 15 years work experience.
- Demonstrated capability as an effective investigator and researcher with experience leading and conducting international development evaluation of large development projects in democratic governance and local development.
- Familiarity with project implementation in complex multi donor-funded projects.
- Strong competencies in Investigation methods for development projects; knowledge of UNDP’s results-based management orientation and practices.
- Relevant publications in the field of sustainable human development an asset.
- Language: English will be the language in which the reports and products must be submitted. Fluency in written and oral English is therefore required. In addition, fluency in Italian is also required.
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