Fighting poverty with democracy

We are convinced that the battle to eliminate poverty worldwide starts here at home – in our village, our town, or our municipality. Which is why, here at ICLD, we work with people who are changing the world by building local democracy.

What we do

Municipal Partnership Programme

ICLD promotes the exchange of knowledge and experiences between local authorities in Sweden and in partner countries.

ITP

Our international training programmes are aimed at decision-makers (politicians and officials) in our partner countries. Some of the programmes also target the voluntary sector.

Research

ICLD documents, analyses and disseminates knowledge in the fields of local democracy development and decentralisation.

Networks

Our networks are a form of cooperation where some selected municipalities receive increased support from ICLD to conduct their results-oriented international projects.

Calendar

The situation in Ukraine

ICLD is deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine. We have both municipal partnerships and teams in international training programs, ITP, from Ukraine. We follow the development and we have continuous contact with our partners in Ukraine as well as the partner municipalities in Sweden.

Local Democracy Academy 2022

This years academy was held in Visby 6-10 June.

seven people: one man and six women and the text " The Champions of local democracy"

Champions of local democracy

Become inspired by these champions.

ICLD strengthened 242 women political leaders in 2021

During 2021, ICLD trained more than 400 politicians and officials of which 242 were women.

Local Democracy Talks

Inspired by the Swedish foreign policy initiative, “Drive for Democracy”, ICLD organises live streamed high-level political panels called “Local Democracy Talks”.

Local Democracy Labs

One question, one hour, one meeting.
ICLD Local Democracy Labs is a space for local government officers and politicians to meet researchers and have a dialogue on global challenges with a local perspective.

Local Democracy Cross-pollination

Main objective of our seminar series “Cross-pollination” is to facilitate learning, knowledge-sharing and exchange of practical experience among teams in ICLD’s programmes.