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Good Practice Scheme launches new project in Sierra Leone
This month saw the launch of a new project under the Good Practice Scheme, with National Association of Local Authorities Ghana (NALAG) supporting Local Councils Association of Sierra Leone (LoCASL0 in developing a national association of local government in Sierra Leone. A workshop in Bo was hosted by Mayor Herbert Williams and attended by council Mayors, Chairmen, and Chief Administrators from across Sierra Leone, and senior representatives of the Ghana association. Over the two day event the group mapped out objectives for the fledgling association, in terms of both form and function. NALAG and LoCASL will now work together over the next year to implement these proposals.
 
Vanuatu listens to local voices
Lenakel Municipal Town Council (LMTC) in Vanuatu is the first urban council in the country to hold a People’s Forum, a means to make sure that the voices of the indigenous people are heard. Local chiefs and community leaders joined councillors and local MPs in March in a dialogue hosted by the council’s Lord Mayor Reginald Tangap. LMTC is a new Council that has just been established in the Tanna Province of Vanuatu with technical assistance from CLGF through the CLGF Pacific Project. The leader’s dialogue was held in Tanna by CLGF prior the establishment of the Council. CLGF also held Local Elected Leaders training for all stakeholders on Tanna.

Local government reform in Trinidad and Tobago
Local government reform is moving ahead in Trinidad and Tobago with the 2010 Local Government (Reform) Bill now going through parliament paving the way for local government elections later this year. The Bill will outline new roles and responsibilities for the Ministry of Local Government and municipal corporations. A reform strategy and implementation plan is currently being developed. CLGF has been invited to contribute to the reform process, by sharing good practice and targeted technical assistance. The government has begun to implement three flagship projects on local area planning, waste management and disaster preparedness and has also launched a Certificate in Local Government Programme in conjunction with the University of the West Indies for training local government officers.

Commonwealth around the web

UNITAR / Graduate Institute, Geneva e-Learning Course
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers e-Learning courses in the field of global economic governance. The four to six week long courses are designed specifically for officials and professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding of governance issues in a flexible and practical way. [more]

The Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme
The Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme is one of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s flagship youth projects. Nkabom (pronounced ink-a-bom) means 'coming together' in parts of Ghana, where the first project was held in 2004.Through a busy, interactive 10 day programme, Nkabom unites dynamic 18- to 25-year-olds from across the globe in a different Commonwealth location every two years. Alumni join a global, self-sustaining and proactive network of emerging leaders.
[more]

Winners announced in 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize
On April, 12 in the climax to the race for the international titles of Best Book and Best First Book, the winning authors of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize were revealed:

Rana Dasgupta wins Best Book for Solo and Glenda Guest wins Best First Book for Siddon Rock.
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Funding for development - new information for UK councils
Working on an international development project but not sure where to look for funding? Trying to make sense of funding opportunities and not sure which grant would be the most relevant to you? In our recent survey of councils and international development you asked for more information on funding. In response, the LG Alliance has published some new funding pages. Overviews of UK, EU as well as international funds are available on our website here.

Local government around the Commonwealth

The Square Mile project
  
The Square Mile is an innovative global arts project that engages people in an investigation of their attitudes to their neighbours, their communities and their environment. It links communities across the world in an on-line art work and dialogue to help break down
negative stereotypes and, by working on a series of problems in common, devising new ways of working together to solve them. The Square Mile project is a partnership that starts at a community level and works with – local authorities, local artists and arts organisations, ecologists and international artists. Communities they have worked with include Karachi, Tehran, Bradford, and Smethwick.
Info: www.square-mile.net

India: At the beginning of April India began a yearlong census of its billion-plus population in which it plans to photograph and fingerprint every citizen over the age of 15 to create a national database and then issue its first national identity cards. About 2.5 million census-takers began traveling across more than 630,000 villages and 5,000 cities in an effort to visit every structure serving as a home, from tin shanties to skyscrapers, in what the government says is the world's largest administrative exercise. The census-takers — mostly local government officials or schoolteachers — also plan to include millions of homeless people who sleep on railway platforms, under bridges and in parks.
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Mozambique: The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$30.40 million equivalent in support of the implementation of the Government of Mozambique’s National Decentralised Planning and Finance Program. The overall objective is to support the Government of Mozambique in improving the performance of the national planning and finance systems by strengthening the capacity of local governments to plan and manage resources for social and economic development in a participatory and transparent manner.
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New Zealand: Footy fans in Wellington for the Rugby World Cup in September next year could be zipping around the city in electric vehicles supplied by the council in prominent tourist spots. The electric vehicles would be available for hire and recharged at a handful of stations in city streets and car parking buildings, or through any standard three-pin power socket. Wellington City Council has included the project in its draft annual plan, which the public gets a chance to comment on before it is adopted. The use of electric vehicles is being promoted by the council as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and position the city as a leader in tackling climate change.
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Vacancies at CLGF: finance assistant (part-time)
CLGF is looking for a finance assistant to provide finance and administrative support to the finance team. The appointment is initially for six months. Interested? Apply here
Closing date:
Friday 30 April 2010
Interviews:
Tuesday 11 May 2010

Events

CLGF hosts networking event at World Urban Forum (22-26 March), Rio De Janeiro
The event was held in association with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Pacific Operations Centre (UNESCAP-POC), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Pacific, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the University of Auckland (UoA).
Download agenda
Info: http://pacific.clgf.org.uk

The Ninth Women's Affairs Ministers Meeting (9WAMM)
Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meetings (WAMMs) have been held triennially since 1985, i.e., over the last 20 years. They have provided strategic opportunities for ministers, senior officials, civil society organisations, and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality, and to contribute to Commonwealth and global agenda-setting processes.
Official website
When: 7-9 June 2010
Where: Barbados

CAPAM: 2010 African Regional Conference: Good Governance, Accountability and Trust
Conference registration is now open for the "Good Governance, Accountability and Trust" conference to be held May 17-20 in Abuja, Nigeria. This conference will examine the effectiveness of these and other strategies in strengthening trust and accountability between citizens, political leaders and the public service. [more]
When: 17 May 2010
Where: Abuja, Nigeria

Publications


The State of the Cities: Why, and how, the Commonwealth must address the challenge of sustainable urbanisation: Commonwealth Secretariat Discussion Paper #8, April 2010
The Commonwealth embraces all dimensions of today’s urban challenges. Its ranks include global cities such as Mumbai with its 19 million inhabitants, and Malé, which with a population of just 111,000 is the largest city in the rapidly urbanising small island state of Maldives, threatened by rising sea levels. [more]

Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2011

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