Local Democracy Talks

Upcoming Talks

5 April 2023

Local Democracy Talk: Local inclusion in post-conflict contexts

This webinar explores how local inclusion in post-conflict societies can both strengthen democracy and reinforce divisions – and what to do about it.

Peacebuilding and current international development align in the local turn: the belief that change happens at the local level. Kenya and Lebanon, places divided along ethnic or sectarian lines, showcase in new research how participation might both strengthen local democracy and reinforce conflict divisions. How can the insights be taken up in local politics? How can we ensure research recommendations are implemented? A presentation of the study and the conclusions drawn is followed by a local government’s perspective and a Q&A where we invite politicians, civil servants, other researchers and civil society to reflect on the uptake in countries marked by deep societal divides.

Date & time: 5th of April 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET
Venue: Online (Zoom webinar)

May 2023 (date TBC)

Local Democracy Talk: Morality Policies

This joint initiative with DeLoG aims to explore discrimination and the preconditions for anti-discrimination work in democracies on the decline. Insights from the research project on morality policies in West Java will be mixed with policymaker and civil society perspectives on how local governments and development actors can respond to the rise of discriminatory policies.

Stay tuned for more details.

Previous talks:

8 March 2023
Local Democracy Talk: Feminist Mayors = Cities for all

6 March 2023
Who’s in Charge? Local Democracy Talks in Gaborone

17 November 2022
Local Democracy Talk: The Future We Imagine

17 May 2022
Democracy and security in Ukraine:  Unpacking local resilience and prospects for reconstruction 

24 March 2022
Local Governments in Ukraine: constraints and opportunities for peace and democracy

21 October 2021
How do we increase women’s political participation and leadership inTanzania?

15 September
Participatory Climate Action: Local Government Innovations

6 July 2021
If youth activist rule our cities?  From fridays for future to the city council

5 July 2021
Ungdomsmakt eller demokratikollaps ( in Swedish)

27 May 2021
Participatory Budget: Let Citizens Decide

2 March 2021
“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. Read more

About 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.

Watch all our Local Democracy Talks here:

If youth activist ruled our cities – from Fridays For Future to the city council