From 23-25 May, the 13th Annual Meeting of the Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, hosted by VNG International. Around 30 participants from bi- and multilateral organisations working in the field of decentralisation and local governance took part in DeLoG’s 13th annual meeting and contributed to fruitful discussions.
Since 2014, VNG International has been supporting local government and communities in a locally-initiated process to regulate cattle migration, an important source of conflict between communities in South Sudan.
Somaliland is the target region for one of the projects starting under VNG International’s new Inclusive Decisions At Local Level (IDEAL) programme. This will be VNG International’s first programme in Somaliland, stemming from a request from the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland (ALGASL) to receive the kind of support that VNG International provides to many other African associations.
On the 4th and 5th of November about 300 representatives of local authorities, ministries, prefects, donors and civil society met in Cotonou for the 2nd Assises of Benin-French decentralized cooperation. Aim of this gathering was, six years after a first edition, to draw the state of actions, to share interesting new initiatives and draw new lines for the future.
Many Dutch local governments are struggling with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite their high motivation to contribute to them. This is one of the conclusions from the research into the meaning and implication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Dutch local governments conducted by Kaleidos Research, in collaboration with VNG International.
From 29 November to 3 December UCLG Africa will host the 7th Africities Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The city and UCLG Africa are expecting 5000 participants, representing all the stakeholders of African local life as well as partners of the other regions of the world.
Last week, VNG International hosted this years’ CIB annual meeting. 50 managers, directors and (senior) advisers made their way to the building of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) in the Hague to share their thoughts on the latest developments in their own organizations, as well as in international agenda’s and with regard to UCLG.
To get an overview of the discussions and setting, please follow this link to our Storify!
International agendas set the scene
VNG International has published its Annual Update 2015, which presents the recent projects, products and results as well as innovations of the organisation. The recent developments in the work of VNG International is described along 10 different points, including 'local government in post-conflict countries and fragile states', 'sustainability promoted by local governments' and 'natural and man-made disasters: municipal preparedness and recovery'.