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)

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Knowledge Centre

Political and Social Inclusion in Asian Cities - Indonesia Case Study

Knowledge Centre

Political and Social Inclusion in Asian Cities - Vietnam Case Study

Knowledge Centre

Political and Social Inclusion in Asian Cities - India Case Study

Knowledge Centre

KC - Cheema, S (2018) Access to Urban Services for Inclusive Development in Asia

International Training Programmes

ITP – Gender Mainstreaming Local Democracy

MPP application round now open

The second 2018 MPP application round is now open until October 15th. Municipal Partnerships are Sida-financed and designed to contribute to the development of well, and efficiently functioning, democratic local authorities in both the partner countries and Sweden.

15 Augusti

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 about municipal partnerships, the strategic objective ranges across the entire Agenda 2030 map.
“We’ve created a project focus that will give us opportunities for collaboration. What we now need to do is build support for and formulate a project application,” says Annika Ström of the Institute for Local and Regional Democracy (ID).

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