ICLD creates opportunities for youth influence

- Politicians need to find new ways to communicate with young people on their terms. They will not come to the cityhall! says Debbie Hendricks, project manager.

Härryda and Homa Bay further childrens’ rights through partnership

Härryda municipality and Homa Bay County in Kenya have partnered up to further the rights of children and youths based on the UN Convention of rights of the Child. Their partnership has developed local structures to increase the opportunities for young people to engage with their local democracy.

ICLD empowers women to act

– With the empowerment from the ICLD programme we have been able to mobilize women in our community, says Farirai and Tungamirai. Tungamirai Dube is district councillor, and Farirai Guta, Chief Executive Officer, in Manyame Rural District Council in Zimbabwe. Both are participants in the 18 months long ICLD programme “Capacitating Local Leaders in Zimbabwe”. …

20 years of partnership

Gothenburg City and Nelson Mandela Bay municipality are celebrating 20 years of partnership. It is one of the longest partnerships within ICLD and together the partners have carried out more than 10 different projects, mainly linked to sustainable urban planning and urban development. In both Nelson Mandela Bay municipality and Gothenburg, many people care deeply …

Gender champions

ICLD's international training programme Gender Mainstreaming (2019-2021) have 24 participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Here are some of them.

Gender-equal lives for all citizens in Jinja

One of ICLD’s training programmes has a special focus on Sustainable Development Goal #5 gender equality aimed at government officials who want to develop gender equality in their municipalities and contribute to equality for all citizens. Christine Kayango in Jinja, Uganda, is one of them.

Internships at ICLD

Are you interested in local democracy, international development or human rights? Apply for an internship at the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy! Apply through the FUF internship programme before 23 February for the chance to work with us.

Six million SEK to research on local democracy

ICLD has approved six new research proposals for funding. The research projects, all of which will investigate questions especially relevant to supporting democratic participation at the local level, were awarded up to 1 million SEK each. The projects are preparing to start in spring 2020.

Champions of Local Democracy

Through a series of personal portraits we highlight people who are playing a significant role in the development of local democracy where they live.

Ten million to result-oriented partnerships

11 Swedish municipalities have been granted a total of 10 641 000 SEK to conduct their municipal partnerships focusing on one or more of ICLD’s four core areas – equality, participation, transparency, and accountability. Swedish municipalities together with an international partner can apply for funds to a municipal partnership twice a year. Municipal partnerships increase …