11 Swedish municipalities have been granted a total of 10 641 000 SEK to conduct their municipal partnerships focusing on one or more of ICLD’s four core areas – equality, participation, transparency, and accountability.
Swedish municipalities together with an international partner can apply for funds to a municipal partnership twice a year. Municipal partnerships increase the competence of both employees and elected representatives through the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
An example of such is the partnership between Gishu County in Kenya and Region Östergötland, which enables Region Östergötland to learn how health care is run with scarce resources. Together, the partners will work with organizational capacity focusing on cancer care.
Or Piteå and An Giang in Vietnam, who together work to find ways to involve young people in the work against climate change and develop digital platforms for citizen dialogue.
The Swedish municipalities that have been granted funds for their municipal partnerships are: Ekerö, Karlstad, Kristinehamn, Lycksele, Mariestad, Piteå, Region Östergötland, Ronneby, Umeå, Älmhult och Öckerö.
Read more about the granted projects here (in Swedish)