Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Local Government Research Colloquium, Kigali,13-14 November 2023 

24 October 2023

As part of the Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2023, which is taking place next month in Kigali, Rwanda, CLGF’s Research Advisory Group is organising the Seventh Commonwealth Local Government Research Colloquium. This brings together local government research and training institutions, as well as academics and doctoral researchers in the field from across the Commonwealth and beyond, in partnership with the University of Rwanda 


The Colloquium is being held on 13 and 14 November, in the lead up to CLGF’s high-level political conference - a key event in the international local government calendar, attended by government and other relevant ministers, and elected local government leaders, including city mayors, from across the Commonwealth. 


Research institutes and academics have been invited to submit a recent paper relating to local government/governance to be presented at the colloquium as a contribution to panel discussions. The theme of the 2023 Conference is Building local resilience across the Commonwealth and contributions pertaining to a wide cross-section of policy areas relevant to building resilience at the local level, such as climate, migration, public health, infrastructure, and sustainable finance are particularly welcome.

Self funded meeting

The colloquium is a self-funded meeting and free to those attending the main political conference, which runs immediately after the colloquium from 15-17 November. For anyone only attending the colloquium there will be a small fee to cover lunch and refreshments for the two days of USD100.

Reduced member rate for main conference

For registration for the main conference: if you are presenting at the colloquium and your institution is covering the registration fee, you will be able to avail the reduced members’ rate of £450. Please choose ‘member rate’ when booking and let us know so

the finance team can be informed and approve your reduced registration. 


Please contact if you are interested in submitting a paper for presentation at the colloquium. All papers must be received by 1 November


Further instructions and information on the registration process for both the Colloquium and the Conference can be found on the main conference website.

Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

If you are interested in having your paper considered for publication in our peer-reviewed open-access Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, please submit the paper to  




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