Local Democracy Labs

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. They are inspired in efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals with local policies.

Our first lab take place the 4th March with the theme Gender Equal Cities. If you are a researcher with experience or knowledge of East Africa or perhaps gender issues, masculinities, or city planning, apply to join!

Local governments can participate in the labs by sending a question they want to discuss with a group of competent and leading researchers in the field of local democracy. By getting input from experts on a specific question, local government officials can gain an interdisciplinary perspective and be equipped with new knowledge. Researchers can contribute with their expertise, problematize the issues raised, share relevant cases and provide policy recommendations. Thus, researchers contribute with their knowledge and get inspiration for further research.


The format is simple:

  • One question from municipal politicians or civil servants
  • One hour for discussion
  • One meeting between researchers and local government officials and politicians.

It does not require special preparation, all questions are welcomed, and the conversations are moderated by the ICLD team.

Upcoming Local Democracy Labs

Theme: Gender Equal Cities

Date: March 4, 2021

Time: 13.00 – 14.00 and 14:30 – 15:30 (Kenya time)

Place: Nairobi  and zoom  

If you are a researcher interested in participating, please contact ida.edvinsson@icld.se