Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Sri Lanka: Engagement not boycott

Recent months have seem widespread discussion about the merits of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Sri Lanka, most recently in the pages of the UK Financial Times newspaper  and other media outlets.

I should start by declaring an interest many years ago I actively campaigned for improved working conditions for Tamil tea estate workers and in the 70s and 80s was a strong supporter of imposing firm economic and other sanctions on the then-South African apartheid regime.


Local government at the heart of development

Despite some progress in tackling poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), citizens are increasingly frustrated by the high levels of hunger, poverty, unemployment and poor economic, social and environmental infrastructure. At the same time, governments are having difficulties in meeting these demands because they lack the resources, and are removed from local needs. Addressing this calls for a new way of doing things, a new approach to development that puts localism to the fore, one that focuses on democratic local governance, local resources and social capital.


Strengthening our support for local democracy

As 2012 gets into full swing, at CLGF we are feeling very positive about the future despite the gloomy economic climate in many countries.


Challenges and changes in local government in Africa

I attended the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) national conference in eThekwini (Durban) in late August, a highlight of which was the warning by its Executive Mayor James Nxumalo about the need for local government to deal with climate change. The conference also saw the retirement of SALGA Chairperson and former CLGF Vice Chairperson Amos Masondo.

Pledge to fight climate change

  CLGF has joined with a number of key organisations in signing up to the manifesto to secure a healthy planet. The manifesto was launched at a high level event in London at the end of July, which inclu ...
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