Programme Guidelines & Trainings

What you need to know

The MPP is based on the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its global goals, and on Sweden’s Global Development Policy (PGU), which dates from 2002. PGU stresses the Swedish tradition of local self-governance and its potential for assisting with the development of local democracy in other countries. It also highlights the importance of new, international collaborations in the form of partnerships. Effective global development presupposes local support.

Please read both our guidelines and budget guidelines carefully before applying. The budget guidelines indicate what is, and is not, funded by ICLD within the partnership.
Guidelines for Municipal partnerships 
Budget guidelines for municipal partnerships

As of 2016, ICLD has established a new results framework on how we measure local democracy development. Please read carefully in order to fully understand the results that we are looking for you to achieve in your partnerships.
How we measure local democracy development – new results framework, 1 January 2016

Finally, in order to help you design your project we suggest you read through our guide to Project Management:
Project Management Guide – working in accordance with LFA


Every year, the MPP organises various training initiatives aimed at the Swedish partner, the international partner, or both. Some activities are recurring every year, such as the introduction days for Swedish municipalities that are currently not active in the programme and the MPP training which is for active partners and covers every aspect of project planning in accordance with the Logical Framework Approach. More information about upcoming trainings and workshops can be found below.

MPP training 2018 (full)

Transparency in local government Homa Bay 2018 - Download material

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Municipal Partnership

KP - Equal value in the Democratic process -Project

Municipal Partnership

KP - Collaboration Between Borlänge and Chisinau to increase the competence of the teachers in the areas of Autism & ADHD

Municipal Partnership

KP - Education project

Municipal Partnership

Kp - To strengthen the inclusion of young mothers in the local community

Knowledge Centre

Partnerskap på väg mot ökad lokal demokrati, IQA-rapport 2016

Russian and Swedish cities face similar challenges

How can Swedish urban planning in Kiruna be relevant in the Russian town of Kostomuksha, 800 km to the east?
“We saw more similarities than differences,” says architect, Anne Faurskov, of AFARkitektur in Copenhagen.
And if you add Gällivare to the equation, the result is still the same.

12 December

Study says: Obstacles to reach gender equality

For the last seventeen years, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia have been striving to institutionalize gender equity and equality.
This has been achieved by developing legal and policy frameworks, establishing institutional gender mainstreaming mechanisms and engendering national statistical institutions.
“Despite the advanced institutionalization of gender issues, the lives of women have not significantly improved during this period,” says professor Annika Björkdahl and Lejla Somun-Kruoalija, independent researcher, in a recently published study.

05 December


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