The World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG-WOFI) was launched in November 2017, as a joint endeavour of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Cities and Local Government (UCLG). 


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The SNG-WOFI is a living initiative, which marks a key milestone in deepening the global knowledge base on subnational government structure and finance.

The goal of the OECD/UCLG World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG-WOFI) is to increase knowledge and promote dialogue on multi-level governance and subnational finance around the world, by collecting and analysing standardised quantitative data and qualitative information. It also helps monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and other global development agendas, such as the Paris Agreement.  


  • Facilitate access to standardised, reliable, transparent and comparable data and information on subnational government structure, finance and investment.
  • Support policy-making at all levels of government on multi-level governance and subnational finance reforms, by identifying the challenges faced by subnational governments in terms of capacity and financing.
  • Serve as a capacity-building tool on subnational governance and finance at the international, national and subnational levels.
  • Support international dialogue and facilitate the exchange of experiences, peer learning and constructive discussions between international, national and local stakeholders, and their financial and development partners.



  The SNG-WOFI is a living initiative, which marks a key milestone in         deepening the global knowledge base on subnational government             structure and finance.

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Lead partners


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

OECD analyses and compares data to predict future trends, as well as sets international standards on a wide range of topics. Within the OECD, the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities helps local and national governments unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises, promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation and implement sound tourism policies.


United Cities and Local Government (UCLG)

UCLG represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, with the mission to be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

Supporting partners

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) The Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG)
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Asian Development Bank French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
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German Corporation for International Cooperation  


Steering Committee


The SNG-WOFI Steering Committee meets on a regular basis to provide feedback on the work of SNG-WOFI and guidance on future directions.

It consists of the following:

  • Representatives of national governments: Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovak Republic, Korea;
  • Representatives of associations of subnational governments: Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS), United Cities and Local Governments-Africa, United Cities and Local Governments-Asia Pacific, Council of European Municipalities and Regions, National Confederation of Municipalities of Brazil, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Forum of Regions, Mercociudades, Metropolis, Association internationale des maires francophones;
  • EU institutions: European Commission, EU Committee of the Regions;
  • International Organisations and institutions: Council of Europe, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF);
  • Multilateral and national development banks: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Asian Development Bank
  • Foundations, institutes, and other networks: Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) Network, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

The Third Steering Commitee Meeting

20 January, 2022


The Third Steering Committee was held virtually on 20 January 2022 to review the initiative’s progress since the last Steering Committee and introduce new supporting partners. The meeting was the opportunity to present the upcoming third edition of the SNG-WOFI, and discuss the outreach strategy to increase the impact of the World Observatory. 

Check out the agenda for further details. 


SNG WOFI 3rd meeting

The Second Steering Commitee Meeting

17 December, 2018

Paris, France

The Second Steering Committee was held on 17 December 2018 to review the initiative’s progress in its first year. Check out the agenda, photos and proceedings for further details.  



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The First Steering Commitee Meeting

17 November, 2017

Paris, France

The first meeting of the Steering Committee, held in Paris on 17 November 2017 at the OECD Conference Centre officially launched the Observatory. This meeting brought together almost 50 participants to reflect on and initiate a multi-level approach to collecting, analysing and disseminating information on subnational finance and investment.



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