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The CLGF Bulletin is CLGF's magazine published twice a year and mailed out to members and partners. The magazine is written by CLGF staff and edited by Susan Handley, CLGF Communications Manager.


Issue 1/2017 - May 2017

Helping communities prosper
CLGF Secretary-General Dr Greg Munro looks at the targets on equity, in particular gender equity, as set out in the Aberdeen principles, and the challenges of delivering these commitments at local level, where women are under-represented in many countries of the Commonwealth. Through its programmes CLGF is championing local women leaders, providing leadership training, supporting enabling legislation and sharing good practice.  

In this issue:

  • Supporting localism in Pakistan

  • Boosting community wellbeing - successes and legacies resulting from CLGF's DFID-funded project to strenghten lcoal government in delivering development

  • Localising the SDGs in Rwanda

  • SDG pilot projects in the Caribbean 

  • Focus on CLGF's research work, including an interview with journal contributor Thina Nzo.

Download CLGF Bulletin May 2017



Issue 2/2016 - November 2016

Delivering development on the ground
CLGF’s newly revamped Bulletin highlights the ways in which CLGF is punching above its weight to deliver development on the ground through its programmes and activities across the Commonwealth. This issue includes:

  • Comment by Secretary-General Dr Greg Munro on CLGF's new direction of travel
  • Key role of local and regional governments at Habitat III
  • Delivering development on the ground 
  • Building sustainable cities
  • Ensuring local governments are fit for the future #clgc2017

Download CLGF Bulletin November 2016 


Issue 1/2016 - July 2016

Driving sustainability locally #CSCN
With more than 50% of the world’s population now living in urban areas, local and regional governments are on the front line of dealing with the daily challenges of urban and territorial development. Through the Global Task Force of Regional and Local Governments (GTF), CLGF and its partners have been working together to share knowledge, experience and perspectives and draw up joint recommendations for the Habitat III process. CLGF is also taking a lead on bringing together sustainable cities through its newly created Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Network (CSCN), which will meet in London in July to share good practice and look at future action and input into Habitat III.

Also in this issue:

  • Local democracy will prevail: comment by SG Carl Wright

  • Supporting LED in Southern Africa

  • Working towards a new urban agenda and Habitat III

  • Queen launches CLGF’s new home 

  • New partnership with Microsoft 

Download CLGF Bulletin July 2016 


Issue 2/2015 - November 2015

Localising the new Sustainable Development Goals #urbanSDG
CLGF, working with its partners worldwide, has been successful in ensuring that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN in September 2015 recognises the role of local and regional governments in respect of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-30. 

Also in this issue:

  • Boosting women's participation in the Pacific
  • Clear challenges for cities from new SDGs
  • From goals to actions: localising the SDGs
  • Local government 2030: achieving the vision
  • Enabling Indian municipalities to better facilitate LED

Download CLGF Bulletin November 2015


Issue 1/2015 - June 2015

Local government 2030: achieving the vision

CLGF was formally established in 1995 - two decades ago. CLGF has made a difference to the lives of 2.2 billion people who live in the Commonwealth by its advocacy of local democracy and good governance, its dissemination of good practices in local government through international knowledge sharing and its practical, on-the-ground technical assistance to its members, both local governments and national ministries.

Also in this issue:

  • Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2015 in Botswana #clgc2015
  • Localising resources alongside the SDGs
  • Transforming local government across the Commonwealth
  • Pacific prioritises solutions to urbanisation
  • Historic agreement with the EU

Download CLGF Bulletin June 2015

Issue 2/2014 - November 2014

Leading local economic growth
The importance of having strong representative local institutions in place is an underlying theme coming out of the current UN consultations on how the new Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, can be ‘localised’ and given real on-the-ground meaning. 
Also in this issue:
  • Local economic development in South Asia
  • Making small island states sustainable and resilient
  • Increased engagement on localising the SDGs
  • Decentralisation in East Africa
  • Download CLGF Bulletin November 2014


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