CLGF works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of best practice – through conferences and events, projects and research. Working with national and local governments to support the development of democratic values and good local governance. As a Commonwealth organisation, CLGF draws on the influential network of the Commonwealth that provides a solid basis for its programmes and activities. As an associated organisation officially recognised by Commonwealth Heads of Government, CLGF is well-placed to influence policy development and lead on democracy and good governance at local level.
CLGF’s strength lies in its membership whose representatives are the key players in local government in the Commonwealth and can be drawn into CLGF’s work as experts and influencers. CLGF is unique in bringing together central, provincial and local spheres of government involved in local government policy and decision-making. CLGF has more than 160 members in 40 Commonwealth countries including local government associations, individual local authorities, ministries dealing with local government.
According to the Department for International Development (DFID) 2011 evaluation:
‘CLGF is a niche international organisation with clear strengths, most notably the breath of its membership and the high levels of trust and ownership across its membership. Whilst it is small.. it arguably punches above its weight and is delivering across an impressive number of fronts through direct capacity building programmes through broader policy and advocacy work.’
CLGF Business Plan 2009-12