Local Democracy Talks

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”. The aim of the talks is to create a constructive dialogue and exchange of experiences among leading local politicians to strengthen democratic governance. These talks are key in our efforts to make democracy resilient and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals from below. The talks are facilitated by ICLD and arranged in cooperation with Swedish Embassies, UCLG and other key partners.

Upcoming Talks 2021

26 May Participatory Budget

4-7 July during the Almedalsweek

15 september on Democracy day

10 December on Human Rights day

Previous talks:


2 March 2021 #LocalDemocracyTalks in Kenya:
“If gender champions rule our cities: Key policies to create a more equal world from below” 

The talk was organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi and UCLG Africa.

See the webcast again:

 Read a summary of the first talk: Gender Equality in focus during Local Democracy Talks

Panelists 2 March:  

Caroline Vicini (welcome speech)

Swedish Ambassador in Kenya, Head of Mission Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-HABITAT

Adelina Mwau Ndeto

Deputy Governor, Makueni County, Kenya

Jimmy Jansson

Mayor of the city of Eskilstuna, Sweden

Amelie Tarschys Ingre

Councilor and Chair of the Education Committee in Lidingö, Sweden

Jacqueline Moustache Belle

The incoming Director, Gender and Youth Department UCLG Africa

Nereah Amondi Oketch

Member of County Assembly in Homa Bay County, Kenya