Exchange on local democracy development

On December 3-5 ICLD organized a three-day workshop in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania. The event was a joint effort from ICLD’s Knowledge Centre and Municipal Partnership Program (MPP). Two days of the workshop were dedicated to exchanging experiences and exploring expectations within the MPP. ICLD invited coordinators and project leaders from all the African countries within the ICLD family. The ICLD currently has over 130 ongoing Steering Groups, Projects, Inceptions and Development/expansions within the MPP. About 60 % of the co-operations are between organizations in Sweden and organizations in the African countries.

On the second day of the workshop, participants, including ICLD’s own Board, alumni from the International Training Programmes as well as representatives from the Tanzanian President’s Office and the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT), had the opportunity to listen to the researchers Robert Mhamba, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Jonas Ewald, from Linnaeus University, Sweden, on the topic “Are democracy, good governance and development improving at the local level in Tanzania?”. 

Men and women gathered togheter at a workshop in a big room.

– By raising the issue of local democracy in a context where representatives of the Tanzanian President’s Office and the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania were present, we wanted to help create better conditions for the MPP and ITP to carry out their projects and change in Tanzania, says Bjorn Moller at ICLD Knowledge Center.

The event was considered a great success, and ICLD would like to thank all the participants for their great work, contribution and enthusiasm!

ICLD’s ambition for the future is to organize more collaborative events where ICLD’s Municipal Partnership Programme, Knowledge Centre and International Training Programmes are brought together. Until then, keep up the great work in strengthening your local governments, wherever you are in the world!

Men and women gathered at a workshop.