Self-Assessing Sustainable Local Development: A Tool for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

 LPSI News posted by Administrator
 March 21, 2014

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Sustainable local development cannot be imposed in a top-down manner; it needs to be formulated and guided by local champions, so it is important to have a locally-owned process of monitoring the quality of life at the local level. Not only can local actors best understand their priorities, needs and assets, but they have the most at stake in strengthening well-being within their community.

The Self-Assessment Tool for Sustainable Local Development (SAT4SLD)--developed by UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC)-- helps local actors to assess their current status and create consensus on pathways towards a more sustainable future by simultaneously addressing governance, socio-economic and environment issues.

SAT4SLD intends to bring together local actors, including local governments; community and those representing community such as CSOs and local media; farmers and other users of natural resources; and entrepreneurs and business owners. Relations among these actors should be governed by the principles of long-term vision, transparent decision making, inclusion and empowerment, and incentives and regulation.