For students

Are you a university student who is interested in the development of local democracy? Then you’re in the right place!

ICLD constantly encounters problems and challenges that need study during the course of its work. How is legitimacy affected in developing countries when international donors finance activities that are, properly, the task of the municipalities themselves? What makes citizens willing to get involved in their local community? What is the importance of the local level when working to regenerate a country ravaged by war and conflict? How can partnerships between towns, cities and municipalities in different countries help strengthen democracy?

There are many questions and, hopefully, you can help us and our partners find the answers we need. Our partners are municipalities, regions, and county councils in Sweden and our partner countries (Bosnia and Hercegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldavia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, India, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

Students interested in finding out more are welcome to contact Erik Nilsson, erik.nilsson@icld.se at ICLD’s Knowledge Centre.

Advisory Group Research projects Publications For students Events


24 new international partnerships to boost local democracy

Borlänge and Lodwar in Kenya, Gothenburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa and Växjö and JB Marks in South Africa are some of the new partners that recently got approval for their mutual projects within ICLD Municipal Partnership Programme.

19 December

New publication: Financing small and medium towns

During a regional workshop in Yogyakarta on access to urban services for inclusive development in Asia co-arranged by the ICLD and East-West Center a new ICLD publication was officially launched. The Research Report examines financing of small and medium towns in India using Action Resarch.

14 December


Visby / Press

24 new international partnerships for Swedish municipalities

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Falun / News

New perspective for a young democracy after visiting Falun

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Only benefits with mixed teams in new programme

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Visby / News

International programme with mixed teams a new approach

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24 new international partnerships to boost local democracy

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KC – Siddle, A (2016) The 2016 local government elections: The point where South Africa changed course?