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Inclusive cities meet in Surrey

Representatives from cities in the CLGF Inclusive Cities Network (ICN) met in Surrey, Canada, to discuss some of the challenges and successes in making cities inclusive. They visited a number of projects in Surrey as part of the peer review approach between the cities, including how Surrey is tackling issues such as services for new migrants, access for indigenous people, community services for the homeless and including young people. Melbourne is latest city to join the network. If you would like to find out how your city can join, please contact the ICN coordinator Mike Murray.

CLGF’s newest member plans eco-city
Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad, India, is CLGF’s newest member . Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad is planning to be an Eco-City - a city that decreases environmental burden/stress, improves living conditions and helps in achieving sustainable development through a comprehensive urban improvement system, involving planning and management of land and its resources, and implementation of environmental improvement measures. Read more
Other new members include Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, India, Trivandrum Municipal Corporation, India and the Department of Local Authorities, Vanuatu have also recently joined as members of CLGF.

Decentralisation and fiscal management
CLGF Secretary-General Carl Wright attended the second meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank Technical Dialogue Group on decentralisation and subnational fiscal management in Washington in November. Mr Wright was invited to contribute to discussions including the development of a subnational fiscal database which will map how local authorities in the region are funded.

Local government around the Commonwealth

Jamaica encourages citizen participation
In November local authorities in Jamaica organised a number of activities to mark Local Government Month, aimed at enhancing public participation in the process of local governance. Read more

Ghana: call for increase to DACF
The annual Parliamentary Workshop on Local Government Reforms has asked the government to urgently “consider increasing the threshold of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) from 7.5 per cent to at least 10 per cent. Read more

India: new roads to using plastic waste
Waste plastic is being used in constructing roads in the city of Pune. Half a km of the road was recently repaired by integrating plastic with tar known as polymer-modified bitumen, thus making good use of discarded plastic. This move has been carried out with the advocacy of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prevent the persistent problem of potholes on the roads and to increase the resistance to water at a lower construction cost. Read more

Kenya: local government investment web portal
The Ministry of Local Government and The World Bank’s Group’s Investment Climate Program has launched the Local Government Investment Climate Web Portal (LGIC), developed to use ICT to enhance service delivery. This portal supports inter-agency communication and peer-to-peer learning amongst local authorities officers by providing a secure environment for learning, knowledge development and sharing of experiences. The portal is to contain knowledge and learning resources on local government reform and rapid results Initiatives, including resources from the local government investment climate reforms. Read more

New Zealand funding agency head named
Philip Combes, the treasurer of the New Zealand Debt Management Office is moving to become the chief executive of the Local Government Funding Agency. The Agency will manage debt for councils and other local authorities in a centralised way and will to become New Zealand’s second-largest issuer of debt after the government. The move is expected to save councils on their borrowing as borrowing on a large scale will be at more beneficial rates. Read more

Zambia: new constitution to incorporate democratic local government
Former Chief Justice Annel Silungwe will head a 20-member Technical Committee to draft the new Constitution which should be ready within the next 12 months. The Constitution will incorporate a democratic electoral system that will enhance representation of various groups in society, and an electoral process that is free and fair and will provide for a democratically elected local government system that incorporates effective checks and balances that ensures devolution of powers from the Central Government accompanied by fiscal decentralisation, while maintaining effective reporting structures with Central Government. The draft Constitution of Zambia Bill, 2012 is expected to be tabled in Parliament next year. Read more

Urbanisation in the Pacific
The population of the Pacific, currently estimated to be 10 million, is expected to increase to 15 million within 25 years. Populations are continuing to relocate from rural to urban areas, with many towns experiencing urban growth at rates twice the national average. Around sixty delegates from across the region met in Nadi, Fiji from 29 November – 2 December to forge links between local government and national planners, assessing sustainable urban infrastructure opportunities and discussing strategic climate change adaptation measures in towns and cities. Read more

Local government climate forum
Local governments from around the world have demonstrated their commitment to combat climate change through the signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter, during the Local Government Climate Forum. The forum, organised by ICLEI took place in the fringes of the United Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa from 28 November – 9 December. Mayors, governors and chairs of local government associations from in made this ground-breaking local government commitment toward urgent, decisive, measurable, reportable and verifiable climate commitments. Through national associations, large numbers of local governments from Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa also joined in supporting this Charter. Read more
The UN climate conference agreed to get the Green Climate Fund up and running, this will help deliver financial support to developing countries to reduce emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. Read more

Commonwealth around the web
New era for Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the recipients of its special grants initiative to promote the Commonwealth theme of ‘Women as Agents of Change in celebration of the significant contributions that women make to development and their untapped potential as agents of change. Read more

Peer review in the pacific

Kiribati was one of the first Pacific island nations to volunteer to undertake a Peer Review of development coordination in April 2010. Peer Reviews are an important part of the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific agreed by Pacific Forum Leaders in August 2009. The Compact seeks to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Regular Peer Reviews of Forum Island Countries’ national planning, budgeting, public financial and aid management systems are aimed at promoting international best practice in these areas through strengthened national systems and guided support from development partners. Read more

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Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

The latest special double edition of the Commonwealth e-journal of local governance, guest edited by Steven Martin and Alison Brown from Cardiff University, is now available.
This special double edition features papers from the third Commonwealth Local Government Research Colloquium held in Cardiff on 13-15 March 2011, covering issues including place-based leadership, local government improvement, municipal local economic development and the Multiplier effect, public sector responses to climate change.
The journal is published by University of Technology Sydney for CLGF, and supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat. If you wish to have an article considered for a future edition, please contact Alison Brown at Cardiff University or Sue Rhodes at CLGF.

UN public service awards

The 2012 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) Programme is accepting nominations for innovative initiatives in public administration until 31 December 2011. As you may know, the UNPSA is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service and rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide and seeks to disseminate the initiatives for replication.
The award is open to all public organizations including national and local Governments and public-private partnerships involved in delivering services to citizens around the globe. Read more

Call for members of Commonwealth Gender Action Plan Monitoring Group

The Commonwealth Foundation is inviting applications from civil society leaders in the Commonwealth to serve as Members of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG). To be eligible, all applicants must be nationals of the specified Commonwealth Foundation member countries and be employed by or hold an honorary position in an established civil society organisation. Applicants will be civil society leaders actively engaged with gender issues, particularly on women’s rights as reflected in the four critical areas of the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015. Applications should be in by 9 January 2012. Read more


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