CLGF Pacific partner networks
CLGF works with a range of regional and national partners. A key partner is the Local Government Professionals Australia (a not-for-profit professional association) which provides technical advice to CLGF as well as access to local government practitioner networks, expertise and leading Australian local government good practice including on gender equity, women’s empowerment and violence against women initiatives.
CLGF also works closely with the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ, the national loca government association) to support countries to access the Pacific Local Government Technical Assistance Facility funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme.
CLGF has had a working partnership with the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA, an Australian based international NGO) which brings together local government and gender expertise to strengthen CLGF’s regional women in local government network, establish national networks and document stories of women in local government in the Pacific.
CLGF also has an established working relationship with UN agencies in the region, including UN Women, UNDP Pacific Centre, UN-Habitat and UNESCAP. At an international level, CLGF has signed an MoU with UNDP to facilitate joint program development and resource mobilisation.
CLGF recognises the importance of civil society organisations (CSOs) in providing knowledge, skills and community networks critical to strengthening local governance. CLGF Pacific partners with a range of regional and national CSOs; in particular it has a strong relationship with femLINKPacific (media initiative for women) and its networks in Fiji which work closely with local governments. CLGF has facilitated dialogues between CSOs and local government on issues relating to gender equality within communities in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville under its FLOW Programme.
CLGF has been instrumentsal in setting up key local government forums in the region and provides secretariat or other support for key