Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Current programmes in West Africa

These programmes are helping CLGF to strengthen its regional presences and work more closely with members and build on the success of past activities. More detailed information about activities and projects can be found on the country pages. 

Supporting local governance and local economic development in the Commonwealth (2012-2016)

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, this programme is part of a wider initiative that also focuses on Southern Africa and South Asia. It seeks to build capacity at individual, institutional and organisational levels, to achieve better local council service delivery with a specific focus on LED.

The four main objectives are: 

  • improve the capacity of local authorities to deliver local economic development services
  • enhance national policy making and support frameworks to facilitate effective service deliver
  • build better regional engagement on local government policy
  • strengthen CLGF’s advocacy capacities within the region and internationally.

Within the framework of this project CLGF is working at the country level in Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria to strengthen local government policy making in-line with its members’ strategic priorities. CLGF is also supporting a number of local government pilot projects on LED in Cameroon, Ghana. These projects complement the work at the national level in each country. The pilot projects aim to strengthen skills, knowledge and organisational capacity for local government to effectively deliver LED-related services.

Another key priority of the programme is to strengthen links between Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the local government sector of West Africa, which CLGF is taking forward in partnership with UCLG Africa. 

Strengthening local government's role as a partner in development (2014-2017)

Funded by the European Union as par tof the strategic partnership agreement between the EU and CLGF, this project focuses on empowering local authorities for enhanced governance and mroe effective development.

Within the framework of the strategic partnership between CLGF and the EC this project seeks to align efforts to implement EC policy on empowering local authorities in partner countries for enhanced governance and more effective development. In West Africa it will support local government organisations and institutions in the region to come together, share experience and develop a joint position on localising the SDGs, as well as build their capacity to interact with their national EC delegations.

This project will also continue to support establishing more formal links and mechanisms of dialogue with ECOWAS. The project will support one national pilot project on localising the SDGs through policy and practical actions at both the national and local level.

Collaboration for LED and multi-level governance (March 2015 - March 2016)

This is a partnership project between CLGF and UN-Habitat. The has provided the organisation of training activities,  technical advice, systematisation of best practices, and leverage for synergies and linkages with other on-going initiatives by CLGF and UN-Habitat. It has four principal work streams: 

  • Local economic development programming.
  • Multi-level governance strategies and decentralisation.
  • Identification of best practices about innovative municipal management.
  • Transparency and increased accountability in the provision of basic services


Knowledge hub

Knowledge hub

Search the West Africa section of the knowledge hub



West Africa regional office

Regional office

Contact CLGF's office in West Africa



Board members in West Africa

Board members

Hon Isaac A Odamtten
Hon Jules D Ndongo



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