This is ICLD

Fighting poverty with democracy

ICLD works with poverty reduction through local democracy development.
We are convinced that the struggle to eradicate poverty worldwide starts at home – in our village, our town, or our municipality. That is why here, at ICLD, we work with people who are changing the world by building local democracy.

Our work is aimed at promoting local democracy development. We do this by building on knowledge and experience of Swedish municipalities and regions and on research and knowledge development in the areas of decentralization and local democracy that exist in an international perspective.

This work is done through promoting and supporting international democracy cooperation, so-called Municipal Partnerships, running International Training Programmes and initiating and encouraging Research. Read more about our operations.

ICLD is a non-profit organisation. ICLD’s principal is the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). Our operations are financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). We are about 25 employees working in two offices, in Visby and in Stockholm. Read more about our organisation.

Code of Conduct
ICLD Code of Conduct 

Vacant positions at ICLD

1. Global challenges demand local action

Poverty is not just a lack of material resources: it’s also a lack of opportunity to influence one’s own living conditions. We live in a time when global phenomena such as climate change, urbanisation and migration have repercussions in people’s everyday lives. Which is why functional local, democratic institutions are more important than ever before. Decision-making processes need to be efficient, transparent and inclusive. And every citizen should have the same opportunity to exert influence.

2. Institutions are built through knowledge

Building efficiently functioning democratic institutions demands knowledge. Which is why disseminating knowledge and promoting its mutual exchange is at the heart of everything ICLD does. Whether it involves our support for research, our international training programmes, or the municipal partnerships that we finance. Participation and involvement by people who know and have experience are vital.

3. Face-to-face

Our goal is for ICLD to be a hub where people can meet, face-to-face, to exchange knowledge and experience. We enable and assist international partnerships at local level, at which people who would otherwise never have met can get together and learn from one another. We bring together leading researchers and people with practical experience, allowing them to work together to identify solutions to challenges in everyday democratic life.