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.

International Training Programmes

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


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


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 145 women political leaders in 2020

During 2020, ICLD trained 240 politicians and officials of which 145 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.