Youth in Falun and Tsumeb make their voices heard

“A large share of the population is comprised by youth and they are also the ones that will create and carry our future society” These words are Karin Perérs’s, project coordinator for the partnership between Falun in Sweden and Tsumeb Municipality in Namibia. The partnership started ten years ago and has since its inception yielded …

Call for Mentors in Asia – Inclusive Urban Development through SymbioCity

ICLD is making a call for three national mentors in Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam to the International Training Programme “Inclusive Urban Development through SymbioCity” Deadline for the applications: December 31st, 2019 The main responsibility of the Mentor is to support the six participants in its country, from two different municipalities, with their change projects and …

Long-term partnership – important steps towards real change

The objective of municipal partnerships is to strengthen local democracy by improving citizen’s access and by expanding opportunities for people to take part in local political processes. Local democracy is in itself a process, where time and devotion pays off. While some may dismiss “with age comes wisdom” as merely a cliché, certain aspects of …

Extended Call for papers on Rebel Cities

This year in June, the Local Democracy Academy hosted scholars from around the world to share ideas, network, and present their research on ‘Global challenges and Local governments: Towards Transformative Policy and Practice’, in Umeå, Sweden. This conference highlighted the increasing role cities and local government have in addressing a host of issues from immigration to climate change. We invite scholars with expertise this area to submit a paper proposal based on the theme below. We are in the process of identifying outlets for publication, but would like to start the solicitation process for papers.

ICLD is capacitating local leaders in Zimbabwe

Since 2014, ICLD has run the advanced international training programme “Capacitating local leaders in Zimbabwe”.

Champion of Local democracy: Ayan Ubhale

"- The more resistance I met, the more engaged I have become. It’s strengthened me in my fight for women’s rights and other democratic issues!" These are the words of Ayan Ubhale. We are honered to present her in our series of personal portraits of people who are playing a significant role in the development of local democracy where they live. We call them Champions of Democracy!

Champion of Local Democracy: Malin Atieno

“I am inspired by the success of women and children in our community. When I look back and see where I have come from, and then I see where I am now, I am motivated to work harder to help others just like I was helped”. We are honored to present Malin Atieno, in our series of personal portraits of people who are playing a significant role in the development of local democracy where they live.

The opportunity to work at ICLD is a privilege!

Karin Melin is, since a couple of weeks ago, the new Programme Director for ICLD’s International Training Programmes. She succeeds Lars Lööf who has retired. Karin most recently comes from Save the Children, where she was responsible for planning, implementing and following-up about 100 humanitarian and long-term development projects around the world.

Call for mentor in Georgia for the training programme on human rights

The responsibility of an ICLD ITP Mentor is to support the participating teams in the work on their change projects during the ICLD training programme. The teams will be trained in the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) and encouraged to use this in the planning and execution of the change project. Deadline for applications: September 15th 2019

Local Democracy Academy 2019

In June 2019 researchers from around the world gathered for the first Local Democracy Academy organized by the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) in Umeå, Sweden. The objective of the academy was to discuss and present the latest research in the field of local democracy, explore directions for future research and foster collaborations.