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Subservient local governments – a threat to democracy

Today we meet Tomila Lankina, who is a Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics, and take part of her insights on today’s challenges of local democracy. Tomila did her PhD on Russian local government and has since then done research in areas which remained connected to regional and local democracy and local …

Key role of municipalities in times of crisis

Sten Hagberg, who is our guest today, is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology and the Director of Forum for Africa Studies at Uppsala University. Sten has been doing anthropological fieldwork in Burkina Faso for more than 30 years. Since 2008, he has also done research on the neighboring country Mali. Where does your interest in …

One Year After the Local Democracy Academy

By bringing researchers together with local governments to explore the questions of what to do, by whom, and how we can enhance local democracy, ICLD believes that new ideas and methods can be created. Here are some of the most relevant news from our alumni of researchers and their latest publications. News from the Alumni …

Call for Mentor in South Africa – Leadership in Local Governance

The main responsibility of the Mentor is to support the three participants from one and the same municipality in South Africa with their change project and training. The change project, which is implemented in team is related to Inclusive Leadership in Local Governance. The mentor should have the following qualifications: be well versed in local …

Applications for inception phase always open!

There are many ways to form a municipal partnership. These could include representatives from municipalities meeting at international conferences and establishing contacts, existing historical ties between some municipalities, or local organisations that have relations with international contact from which municipalities could benefit and build on.  The updated guidelines entail that those that wish to start …

Växjö invigorates its local democracy through water partnership with An Giang

Since 2010, An Giang province in Vietnam and Växjö municipality in Sweden have implemented several partnership projects on environmental issues. A few years back, they became aware of the mutual challenge that surface water is in abundance in both cities, but is partially of lacking quality. A new project was therefore conceived where the partners …

ICLD programmes open for application

Three of our Advanced International Training Programmes are now open for application:“Women’s Political Leadership”, “Public Financial Management and Local Economic Development” and “Leadership in Local Governance”. Are you a local government official willing to upgrade your professional toolbox with necessary tools for financing local development? Are you a female political leader at local or regional …

Fieldwork in the time of corona

"Andrew Tembo, a typical Zambian” as he presents himself during our first online meeting, warns me: ”I hope the internet will be friendly with me. Internet is a challenge in my country.” Today we will talk about how in the light of the coronavirus outbreak, the topic of Andrew's research affected him personally.

Almost 10 million SEK to result-oriented partnerships

12 Swedish municipalities have been granted funds to conduct municipal partnerships focusing on one or more of ICLD’s four core areas – equality, participation, transparency, and accountability.

Are you our next mentor?

Are you our next national mentor for South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia or Botswana? Together with UNCDF, we seek to recruit five National Mentors (one for each country) for the International Training Programme (ICLD-UNCDF ITP) – “Public Financial Management and Local Economic Development”. The applicant must be a national and a resident of one of …