22-24 May
Cutting Edge Research, Reality Changing Policies

International cooperation on local level

The ICLD’s purpose, as part of Swedish development co-operation, is to promote local democracy in low and middle-income countries. For the ICLD, local democracy principally concerns strengthening local institutions, issues regarding decentralisation, local autonomy, citizen influence and collaboration between various participants.

Co-operating with existing institutions and authorities, as opposed to constructing parallel activities, is fundamental to the ICLD. Combining mutuality and local ownership, as well as acting on the different contexts of the co-operating partners, are also integral.

Olov Berggren new Secretary General of ICLD
Olov Berggren started as new Secretary General of ICLD on 2 March 2015 and comes most recently from a position as Programme Manager for RFSU’s programmes in Africa.


  Solid Waste management in Haldwani

A solid waste management system in Haldwani, state of Uttrakhand in India, is soon ready to be implemented. The whole idea started off as a project for change by Neeraj Joshi who attended the ICLD international training programme "Decentralization and Good Governance with a Gender Perspective".

Now it is the only one project sanctioned in Uttrakhand by the government of India.

Read more about Neeraj Joshi and Clean Haldwani >>

Get to know the members of ICLD:s Advisory Group
Pamela Mbabazi, Associate Professor at Mbarara University of Science & Technology in Uganda is a member since 2014.
- I would like to emphasize more focus and research in the areas of landgrabbing and corruption as they are crippling the potential in many societies in the developing world.


Highlighting gender in budget processes
Meet Rozeta Aleksov, gender equality coordinator from Serbia, who together with her colleagues Jelena Brankov-Cerevicki and Zoran Kovač, are stearing a change project that follows the money to see if any group benefits more in the process of public finances.

Read more about Rozeta´s project for change >>


2016-05-25. ICLD / Training Programmes
Municipal Financing Supporting Local Development and Local Democracy - Applications now open.
The programme focuses on how local governments can improve their competence and capacity in utilising financial instruments supporting good and equitable development. Key decision makers and professionals in local governments in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are welcome to apply.
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2016-05-22. ICLD / Municipal Partnership / Training Programmes / Center of Knowledge
Focus on the future of local democracy when some of the world.
For two days, 23-24th of May, researchers and civil servants from Swedish municipalities and from municipalities from other countries, including Uganda, Kenya and Serbia, will meet to share their experiences and research with each other.
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2016-05-18. ICLD / Municipal Partnership / Training Programmes / Center of Knowledge
The Future of Local Government in a new Development Agenda - Workshop by ICLD 22-24 May.
The workshop in Visby May 22-24, will define the territory, understand the challenges and direct to action.
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2016-05-12. ICLD / Municipal Partnership / Training Programmes
Application for the Swedish-Russian cooperation programme is now open.
The call for application for funding of intensified project cooperation between municipalities and regions in Sweden and in Russia is open between the 12th of May to the 15th of July 2016
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2016-05-09. ICLD / Training Programmes
World wide network of political leaders.
The fourth cohort of ICLD Leadership programme continues in Belgrade, Serbia.
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2016-05-09. ICLD / Training Programmes
Cooperation between Russia and Sweden.
The International Centre for Local Democracy, ICLD, has received funding from Sida to strengthen contacts between Swedish and Russian municipalities and regions.
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