The Municipal Partnership Programme

Municipal partnerships are reciprocal, results-oriented collaborations between municipalities and regions in Sweden and local governments in ICLD’s partner countries. The programme is financed by the Swedish Development cooperation Agency, Sida.

By sharing experiences of how similar problems can be addressed in different contexts, the partners in a Municipal partnership create new knowledge together, along with new methods that increase citizens’ influence in local decision-making processes. The result is a sustainable change in the way organizations work to better and more democratically meet citizens’ needs.

The aim of a municipal partnership is to increase civil influence by strengthening local and regional political governance organizations within one or more of the following core areas:

  • Equity/inclusion
  • Transparency
  • Possibility to demand accountability
  • Citizen participation

Municipalities, County Councils, Regions and regional Local Authority Associations in Sweden can apply for municipal partnerships together with a partner in one or more of the following countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldavia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

It is your responsibility to find an eligible and suitable partner. However, the MPP team is always willing and available to advise you if needed!