ICLD documents, analyses and disseminates knowledge in the fields of local democracy development and decentralisation.  

ICLD functions as a hub for knowledge and research into local democracy. We document, analyse and disseminate new findings on local self-governance, decentralisation and capacity development within the field of international development collaborations. We initiate and finance new research and regularly organise conferences, workshops and forums linking researchers and practitioners. 

Our aim, in providing this support, is to help increase our knowledge of the challenges and opportunities we face when working with democracy at a local level. ICLD prioritises projects that support local operatives in the efforts to promote democratic development.