Learning from success

Inspirational examples of successful development work.


Champions of Local Democracy

Champions of Local Democracy

Through a series of personal portraits we highlight people who are playing a significant role in the development of local democracy where they live.

20 years of partnership

20 years of partnership

This year, Gothenburg city and Nelson Mandela Bay municipality celebrates 20 years of partnership. It is one of the longest partnerships within ICLD and together…

Champion of Local Democracy: Sister Margaret Atieno Osogo

Champion of Local Democracy: Sister Margaret Atieno Osogo

“I am inspired by the fact that others through history have worked hard to make the world a better place for me to live in.…

Youth in Falun and Tsumeb make their voices heard

Youth in Falun and Tsumeb make their voices heard

“A large share of the population is comprised by youth and they are also the ones that will create and carry our future society” These…

Long-term partnership – important steps towards real change

Long-term partnership – important steps towards real change

The objective of municipal partnerships is to strengthen local democracy by improving citizen’s access and by expanding opportunities for people to take part in local…

ICLD is capacitating local leaders in Zimbabwe

ICLD is capacitating local leaders in Zimbabwe

Since 2014, ICLD has run the advanced international training programme “Capacitating local leaders in Zimbabwe”.

Champion of Local democracy: Ayan Ubhale

Champion of Local democracy: Ayan Ubhale

"- The more resistance I met, the more engaged I have become. It’s strengthened me in my fight for women’s rights and other democratic issues!"…

Champion of Local Democracy: Malin Atieno

Champion of Local Democracy: Malin Atieno

“I am inspired by the success of women and children in our community. When I look back and see where I have come from, and…

Actions for Gender Equality in municipal partnerships

Actions for Gender Equality in municipal partnerships

Robertsfors municipality and Machakos County in Kenya have made some pretty impressive progress on their Actions for Gender Equality municipal partnership project.

Champion of Local Democracy: Jenifer Wakhugu

Champion of Local Democracy: Jenifer Wakhugu

"My mother used to be a rural woman with no exposure, but in the last 30 years she was able to join the local political…

Igor Marsenic – politician and artist

Igor Marsenic – politician and artist

– My commitment to local democracy comes from the belief that we can prosper only if we are tightly connected with the wider community. Those…

Champion of Local Democracy: Restituta Kanoni

Champion of Local Democracy: Restituta Kanoni

"- My focus is to help the community, especially to support women and promote women entrepreneurs and empower youth." These are the words of Restituta…

Rajka Vujovic – Gender Champion

Rajka Vujovic – Gender Champion

"- In the next five years I see myself working with young people and encouraging them to take responsability for themselves by becoming political leaders…

Lodwar and Borlänge are facing similar challenges

Lodwar and Borlänge are facing similar challenges

Lodwar, Kenya and Borlänge, Sweden. Two different municipalities approximately 6000km apart facing similar challenges: how to successfully integrate refugees into their communities and set them…

Gender Mainstreaming Checklist

Gender Mainstreaming Checklist

This SALAR checklist can be used by municipal partnerships that want to implement gender mainstreaming in their projects. It also describes the roles that elected…

Partnership for better health care

Partnership for better health care

Challenges and a knowledge gap exist at varying levels when it comes to recruiting and retaining healthcare workers in the most rural parts of the…

“Life Without Borders” break up isolation

“Life Without Borders” break up isolation

"Life Without Borders" is an ICLD-funded project in Russian Karelia aimed at breaking the social isolation of persons with functional variability. This is done by…

In Borlänge differences strengthen global goals

In Borlänge differences strengthen global goals

“We like challenges” is one of Borlänge Municipality’s core principles. The Chairman of the Municipal Executive Committee, Jan Bohman (Soc. Dem.), is looking to Kenya…

Good learning experience for visitors from JB Marks

Good learning experience for visitors from JB Marks

They’re very ambitious, they have multiple goals, and many of their challenges are shared. When Växjö and JB Marks Local Municipality from South Africa talk…

Inspiring experience regarding  municipalities’ obligations

Inspiring experience regarding municipalities’ obligations

You could call Slobodanka Boba Dekic an LGBTI-activist. And that's what she is. She is also a powerful and important educator through her work as…

Human rights approach  in action plan for Užice

Human rights approach in action plan for Užice

The city of Užice in Serbia has a plan to create employment opportunities and make public spaces more accessible for people who are differently abled.…

The mentor and the student – friends for life and partners

The mentor and the student – friends for life and partners

They met five years ago in the ICLD-programme ‘Local Political Leaders – Capacitating Women in Politics.’ The mentor and the student – now friends for…

Agenda 2030 a given in all of Malmö’s partnerships

Agenda 2030 a given in all of Malmö’s partnerships

Malmö has a multicultural palette with which to work, with 181 nationalities represented in a concentrated space. This has obviously influenced the city, which lies…

‘Know Your Neighbour Project’ can bring change in Lusaka

‘Know Your Neighbour Project’ can bring change in Lusaka

The ‘Know Your Neighbour Project’ encourages residents of Kapwepwe Ward in Lusaka to know each other, to invite a neighbor to community meetings and to…

With concrete force for real inclusion in Užice

With concrete force for real inclusion in Užice

The change project in ICLD's training programme with human rights based approach, can be a guide for people with functional variations throughout Serbia.

Many common points between Alingsås and Chililabombwe

Many common points between Alingsås and Chililabombwe

Livingstone, in Zambia, was the meeting place for an international ICLD conference on municipal partnerships attended by politicians from Zambia and Sweden in December 2017.…

Municipality of Chair – An inclusive municipality

Municipality of Chair – An inclusive municipality

Persons with disabilities in Macedonia are frequently marginalized in society and face numerous challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights. They are marginalized by…

Uganda – Tree nurseries in Hoima municipality

Uganda – Tree nurseries in Hoima municipality

According to the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (Uganda Statistical Abstract 2015) the country’s deforestation rate was 5,4 percent per year between 2005 and 2010. The…

New Conception of the Citizens’ Service Center

Nino Latsabidze and some of her colleagues from Tbilisi City Hall participated in ICLDs ITP program “Local Governance with a Rights Based Approach” in 2015-2016.…

Well, to whom DOES the budget process belong?

Well, to whom DOES the budget process belong?

For a change agent there are a lot of challenges. Especially when it comes to trying to change well-cemented structures like the budget processes in…

Effective Solid Waste management in Haldwani

Effective Solid Waste management in Haldwani

A solid waste management system in Haldwani, state of Uttrakhand in India, started off as a project for change by Neeraj Joshi. Neeraj attended the…

Helping left-behind children

Helping left-behind children

All over the world, people from rural areas are moving into the cities to build a future for themselves. In China, the escalating level of…

Building something that lasts

Building something that lasts

Long before there was a formal partnership between Vushtrri in Kosovo and the Swedish town of Växjö, the two towns had a connection. Around 1,000…

A toolbox for success

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…