ICLD

Three ways to change the world. How can you get involved?

Municipal Partnership (KP)

Sweden has a long tradition of local self-governance and of shouldering much of the responsibility for social services at local level. Swedish municipalities, county councils and regions are consequently a valuable repository of knowledge and experience that they can share with their equivalents in developing countries. 

By involving your municipality in a Municipal Partnership, you will not only become involved in international development partnerships, you will have the chance to improve your own operations by learning from others. Over 70 Swedish municipalities, county councils and regions are already involved in a Municipal Partnership.

International Training Programmes (ITP)

ICLD’s training programmes are aimed at politicians and local government officials in developing countries and countries in transition. The opportunity for the participants to learn from Swedish cutting edge skills, experience and methodologies in the field of local democracy development is what lies at the heart of the training programmes. There is, however, another goal, namely the creation of long-term networks and partnerships between developing countries and between the participants and Swedish stakeholders.

There are seven different training programmes, all of which are free of charge for the participants, with participants’ travel costs and board and lodging also financed by ICLD.

ICLD is also constantly looking for Swedish municipalities and county councils who are interested in becoming part of this international exchange of experience and who can host study trips by the participants.



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ICLD’ Knowledge Centre (KC)

Successful democratic development work must always be based on knowledge and research.

ICLD’s Knowledge Centre functions as a hub for knowledge and research into local democracy. We document, analyse and disseminate new findings on local self-governance, decentralisation and capacity development within the field of international development collaborations. We initiate and finance new research, and organise regular in-house workshops and seminars.



Five women and men in a panel at Visby II conference
Local governance and government administration

A toolbox for success

The first partnership between Gothenburg in Sweden and Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa was formed in 1999, since when a number of instructive projects have been conducted. In 2012, the two municipalities decided to take their partnership much further than ever before.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa