Women’s Political Leadership

If you are a local political leader in any of the OECD-DAC listed ODA-countries, a woman and most importantly, an agent of change – this programme is for you.

The 12-months training focuses on developing political leadership skills and is open only to women who hold an elected seat in a local or regional government in any of the OECD-DAC listed ODA-countries. All parts of the training are based on equity, participation, transparency and accountability, and the goal is to strengthen democracy in the organizations taking part in the training, primarily by strengthening the politician herself, as well as capacitating women politicians in general to be good role models and to get a higher involvement of underrepresented groups in decision making bodies. 

The training is implemented in cooperation with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). 

Who can apply?

All countries on the OECD-DAC listed ODA-eligible countries, are eligible for the upcoming cohort of the programme, but if a local election is held during the year when the training takes place, the country is temporarily taken off the list. See the list.

Of all the mayors in the world, only 5% are women, they need to be more. Therefore we will for a few coming cohorts prioritize applicants holding a position of Mayor or Deputy Mayor as we broadened the programme to the entire OECD-DAC. We hope that this programme contributes to good role models for increased representation.

Closing date for applications for the present cohort was 8 September 2023.The programme period is one year from February 2024 to January 2025.

Next application period for cohort 11 will be launched 10 May 2024. Deadline for application is 1 August 2024

Please note that you need to create an account the first time you access the application portal.

FAQ for the application

When is the date for the upcoming application period?
Next application period for cohort 11 will be between 10 May and 1 August 2024

What political position do I need to have in my local government?
ICLD will prioritize applicants holding the position of Mayor or Deputy Mayor but will also exceptionally accept applicants who are Councilor.

What countries are eligible for the programme?
All countries on the OECD-DAC listed ODA-eligible countries, are eligible for the programme, but if a local election is held during the year when the training takes place, the country is temporarily taken off the list. See the list.

If I have any questions regarding my application, when can I get answers?
Send an email to: erika.berglin@icld.se

Inspiration from previous participants in the programme

Trina – Pioneering Women’s Leadership in Politics