Beginning in 2014, CISAL worked closely with 17 municipalities in Colombia and Peru to adopt strategies that strengthen governance, promote local economic development (LED) and increase gender equity. Over the course of five years, participating municipal staff and elected officials built relationships with their Canadian counterparts, through technical assistance, knowledge exchange, and fieldwork. These relationships resulted in more efficient, transparent, inclusive and sustainable local governance.
The municipality of Red Lake, Ontario, was one of many Canadian municipalities that participated in the CISAL program, working with four local governments in Antioquia, Colombia. One of their most significant contributions involved sharing best practices on long-term local economic development (LED) planning and community engagement.
Helping to build a network of more than 50 LED practitioners in Colombia, and counting…
Through its online platform, the Federation of Colombian Municipalities (Fedemunicipios) is offering training on local economic development (LED) and is helping to build a network of LED practitioners throughout the country.
Below an overview of the open courses offered by the Hague Academy for Local Governance from this month up to February 2019.
The CONNECT team is happy to present to you two opportunities for learning and exchange from colleagues: one in Burkina Faso and one in Uganda.
In Burkina Faso, the municipality of Ziniare is looking for municipal expertise in the field of waste management. In Uganda, the District of Moroto is looking for knowledge and experience on LED and agriculture.
How can you help?
Do you have an interesting story from one of your projects in the field of Local Economic Development (LED)? Make sure to share it with the CIB network during the dedicated webinar on the 4th of December between 15:00 and 16:30 CET.
October saw the organization of the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED), which took place in Praia, Cape Verde. The high-level event was hosted by the government of Cape Verde and the City of Praia and assembled 2800 participants from 83 countries. Local and regional governments reflected on how the LED approach provides a framework for the SDG localization and positioned LED as a means to achieve territorial equality, equity and cohesion in a context of a vulnerable, isolated and/or dependant country.
Large local and regional representation
Too often project managers do not have the opportunity to track progress in partner countries once development cooperation programmes come to an end. Mr. Roger Maclsaac, a former technical team leader from the Town of Amherst, Canada, had the chance to revisit his former project partners in the City of Escalante, Philippines.
The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) has launched a new application round for fellowships, to facilitate international participation in trainings aimed at capacity building.
Even though the KS support to 8 municipalities in Kosovo was ended in 2014 and managerial responsibilities were handed over to local partners, the former programme still delivers targeted services, as well as business opportunities and employment in Kosovo.