Research projects

ICLD’s Knowledge Centre has funded a long list of research projects in the fields of local democracy, local self-governance, and decentralisation at both Swedish and foreign universities, ever since it was founded.

ICLD’s aims, in providing this support, to help augment our knowledge of the potential extant and the challenges faced when working with democracy at a local level. ICLD prioritises projects that support local operatives in the efforts to promote democratic development.

Project database

All of the research projects funded result in at least one Research report. All of the Research reports written within the framework of the projects financed by ICLD are available from our project database.

Currently ICLD is financing the research projects below:

Local Democracy Academy 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)…

The Role of Social Norms in Fighting Corruption in Local Governments

The Role of Social Norms in Fighting Corruption in Local Governments

Regional Focus: VietnamSustainable Development Goals #16: Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsTime: December 2018 – December 2020

Legitimacy, urban planning and sustainability in Russia and Sweden

Legitimacy, urban planning and sustainability in Russia and Sweden

Regional Focus: Russia and Sweden Sustainable Development Goals: #11 and #16 Time: August 2017 – December 2018

Transforming the city from below: Localizing Grassroots initiatives, institutional entrepreneurship and inclusive urban governance

Transforming the city from below: Localizing Grassroots initiatives, institutional entrepreneurship and inclusive urban governance

Regional Focus: Kenya Sustainable Development Goals: 11 Time: March 2017 – March 2019

Political and Social Inclusion in Asian Cities:  Cases of Indonesia, India and Vietnam

Political and Social Inclusion in Asian Cities: Cases of Indonesia, India and Vietnam

Regional Focus: Indonesia, India, Vietnam Sustainable Development Goals: #11 Time: November, 2016 to February, 2018

Localizing the Sustainable Goal of Gender Equality – The role of local government in translating SDG # 5 Gender Equality into policies and practices

Localizing the Sustainable Goal of Gender Equality – The role of local government in translating SDG # 5 Gender Equality into policies and practices

Regional Focus: Bosnia and Herzegovina Sustainable Development Goals: #5 Time: January 2017 – June 2018

Climate or Economic Migration? Local Democracy and Vulnerability Reduction in Africa: Political Representation under a Changing Sky.

Climate or Economic Migration? Local Democracy and Vulnerability Reduction in Africa: Political Representation under a Changing Sky.

Regional Focus: Senegal and Niger Sustainable Development Goals: #13 and #16 Time: January 2017 – June 2018