IBSA Roundtable: Developing Metropolis: Overcoming Common Challenges through South – South Cooperation

This roundtable, which took place in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on April 13-14, 2010, was organized by the Forum of Federations, the Under-secretariat for Federative Affairs of the Institutional Relations Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil and ActionAID. This event was held at the margins of India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) Heads of Government summits that occurred on April 15, 2010, in Brasilia.

Brazil, India and South Africa have six of the 40 largest metropolitan regions of the world. These urban spaces, which are often the economic engines of their regions, are still facing structural challenges.

The workshop reinforced the dialogue on democracy that took place at IBSA. The event also served as a tool for reflection and exchange of information on how intergovernmental relations and cooperation among federal, regional and local governments is helping IBSA metropolitan regions overcome those challenges. The purpose of the event was to exchange of successful experiences and information on how intergovernmental relations and federal architecture as development strategies can improve IBSA cities and metropolitan regions and overcome common challenges. The findings and recommendations of the roundtable were reported to Presidents during the IBSA SUMMIT on April 15 in Brasilia.

Participants in the roundtable were more than two dozen experts, practitioners of federal governance and public policy makers from three countries, including mayors and public policy makers of local and national levels plus municipal associations and internationally-known NGOs working in the field of metropolitan governance.

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