Municipal Partnership Programme

Municipal Partnership Programme

Municipal partnerships are collaborations between municipalities and regions in Sweden and local governments in ICLD’s partner countries. The programme is based on the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its global goals, and on Sweden’s Global Development Policy.

Municipal Partnerships are between a Swedish and an International local government and usually last three years. On average two international trips are undertaken every year by a project group, made up of civil servants, and a steering group, made up of managers and local political representatives. Over the three years, the partners oversee a common project which has the purpose of strengtening democracy within their organisations and increasing citizens’ influence in local decision-making processes. Support from ICLD is continuous throughout the project’s length and partners report back on a yearly basis.

ICLD funds cost related to travel and Swedish working hours linked to the partnership.

Partnerships for the Goals: Municipal Partnerships enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Sweden and ICLD partner countries, through knowledge exchange and creation, and ambitious projects tied to Agenda 2030.

Partner countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldavia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Interested in joining the programme? Contact us at We can help you find a partner (if you do not already have one). We will also support you, at any time of the year, to apply for a one-year Inception Phase.

Already active in the programme? Login to “My pages” at the top of page for more information.

Malmö – Swapkopmund municipal partnership

Want to find out more? Contact us!

If you represent a Municipality, Region or a Local Authority Association in Sweden and you are interested in the programme, or simply want to know more, please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.