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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Strengthening local democracy through gender mainstreaming

Robertsfors, Västerbotten in Sweden, and Machakos in Kenya, have made impressive progress within their ICLD Municipal Partnership and are now kicking off their latest project: Actions for Gender Equality.
Since 2007, Robertsfors has been working on various youth and education projects with Machakos, during which time questions regarding equality and gender arose.

19 april

“Anything is possible with gender mainstreaming”

During the inception workshop of the brandnew ICLD traning programme Gender Mainstreaming Local Democracy in Kampala, a study-visit to Nansana Municipality was part of the agenda.
Mayor Regina Bakitte Nakazzi and Daniel Kawesi, town clerk in Nansana Municipality, are satisfied with the outcome:
“I learnt that good relationship between the mayor and technical arm is an enabler in the institution development”, says Regina Bakitte Nakazzi.

23 april


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Workshop in Belgrade for sustainable urban planning

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“Anything is possible with gender mainstreaming”

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‘Know Your Neighbour Project’ can bring change in Lusaka

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Many challenges for Zimbabwe after Mugabe

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With concrete force for real inclusion in Užice

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KC – Hydén, G (2016) Strengthening local governance in Africa: Beyond donor-driven approaches