The Municipal Partnership Programme

Municipal partnerships are 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: inclusion, participation, transparency and accountability.

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.

We can help you find an eligible and suitable partner.