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 >>


2016-06-16. ICLD / Municipal Partnership / Training Programmes / Center of Knowledge
Failed registrations to the ITP: Municipal Financing Supporting Local Development and Local Democracy.
ALERT! An unprecedented server breakdown has caused applications between June 7th and June 15th to the ITP: Municipal Financing Supporting Local Development and Local Democracy to disappear.
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2016-06-14. ICLD / Training Programmes
World-wide growing network for politicians .
ICLD ITP Capacitating local leaders plays an important role in promoting gender equality in the local assemblies.
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2016-06-13. ICLD / Training Programmes
Serbian TV highlights ITP for Political Leaders.
During an ITP workshop in Belgrade, Serbian Studio 8 made a news feature and a studio interview on the purpose of the training.
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2016-06-09. ICLD / Municipal Partnership
Thirty-two new international partnerships for local authorities and regions.
There are some trends among the new projects that have been supported. Many choose to develop public dialogue to improve municipal services, paying particular attention to vulnerable groups in society and to highlight the importance of women's participation in development cooperation.
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2016-06-08. ICLD / Center of Knowledge
The Politics of Pseudoactions.
Reseach Report No 6 in ICLD series by Andrea Spehar analyses the local-level implementation of national gender equality policies in three countries of the Western Balkans region.
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2016-06-08. ICLD / Center of Knowledge
Research Report No 7: Local government in South Africa:.
Can the objectives of the developmental state be achieved through the current model of decentraliced governance? It is the title and the rhetorical question by Siddle and Koelble.
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