Commonwealth Local Government Forum
May
26
2017

Safe and cohesive communities

The attack in Manchester on 22 May has bought to the fore the vulnerability of our communities to attacks by extremist and radical forces that exist within our society. The entire staff and membership of CLGF stands together in solidarity with all citizens of Manchester at this difficult time.

Apr
12
2017

No money, no honey: financing local government

Many years ago I participated in a government to government visit between South Africa and the Philippines to review the progress that the Philippines government had made in decentralising health care to local government. Our aim was to learn lessons from their strategy to actively decentralise this function across the country. One of the challenges which was clearly evident was that in many instances, the fiscal transfers to local government had not accompanied the delegation of the function.

Mar
08
2017

Measuring women's participation in local government

It is remarkable that in 2017, when we have seen successful women break through into leadership positions across the Commonwealth and beyond  - in their local communities, in politics locally and nationally, in business and commerce, and in the third sector - that there is still a need to call for gender equality and inclusion in our public institutions.

On International Women’s day 2017, CLGF is joining with UCLG and UN Women in the #BECOUNTED campaign to underline the importance of increasing the proportion of women in locally elected office, as part of the global commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and empowerment. 

Oct
28
2016

Key role of local and regional governments at Habitat III

With over 36,000 participants from 167 countries, and high levels of security given the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, and other global leaders, the start of Habitat III was always going to be a little chaotic. Umbrella sellers did a brisk business as participants queued for hours in the hot Ecuadorian sun to register for the conference. In the end the detailed preparation, the large teams of enthusiastic young volunteers and the warm welcome from the city and people of Quito meant that the conference was a great success.

Supporting focus on LED

CLGF made an important contribution to the initial preparatory meeting for the 4th World LED Forum which will take place next October in Cabo Verde.   At the Executive meeting held on 10 April in Br ...

Localising the SDGs in Rwanda

The Rwanda Association of Local Government Associations (RALGA) brought together high level, multi-stakeholders, including local government and civil society organisations, at a meeting on 17 March in Bugesera ...
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