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Welcome to enews - January 2020
 
Welcome to enews!
 
We begin this first enews of 2020 by wishing everyone involved in local government a successful and prosperous New Year. Our first item is a brief reflection on some of the achievements we have enjoyed through the partnership working with many of our members across the Commonwealth and with the great support of our donors. We are also delighted to announce that we have secured phase two of the Strategic Grant Agreement with the European Union and this will be led by the CLGF Caribbean office. 
 
CLGF news
 
Reflections 
 
CLGF reflects on the year we leave behind, and looks at some of the achievements of 2019 and how they will be taken forward. Read more ...
 
 
CLGF secures Phase Two of EU grant
 
CLGF has just secured a second, significant raft of funding from the European Union in the form of Phase Two of the Strategic Grant Agreement (SGA). Read more about what this means for our members ... 
 
 
CLGF participating in UCLG Summit in Durban
 
CLGF played an active part in the UCLG World Summit in Durban this November, represented by CLGF Chairperson and President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities, Rev Cllr Mpho Moruakgomo; Secretary-General Dr Greg Munro; Deputy Secretary-General Ms Lucy Slack and other CLGF members. Read more ...
 
 
 
New year: new office!
 
CLGF has moved offices! Still conveniently located n the centre of London, the organisation is well placed to continue its close collaboration with other Commonwealth and development bodies. Find out more ...
 
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
 
India: summit for startup investors
 
Local economic development in Madhya Pradesh got off to a great start in 2020 with the Startup Investors Summit.
 
 
Botswana local government developing LED strategies
 
Local government in Botswana has been benefitting from training under CLGF’s Southern Africa Regional Programme, funded by DFID. Officials from ten Local authorities took part in a four-day training workshop. Read more about this exciting project ... 
 
Building sustainable cities
 
New Zealand: more funding for river management
 
There is a call for councils and central government to increase the amount of investment in river management. Read more about the view of LGNZ ...
 
 
 
Canada: office construction predicted to rise
 
Strong growth in office construction is predicted for Canada in 2020 as the growing knowledge-based economy, along with urban intensification boosted by immigration, are driving the Canadian office sector. Read more ...
 
 
Strengthening local democracy
 
Ghana holds local elections
 
In December, Ghana held elections for districts and unit committees throughout the country. Read more about the outcomes and repesentation ....
 
 
UK: Derbyshire giving young people a voice
 
Derbyshire County Council is set to consult young people about the decisions they make, increasing the level of youth particiption in the democratic process. Read more ....
 
 
Trinidad and Tobago hold local elections
 
The recent Trinidad and Tobago local government elections saw a turnout of around 34% according to the Elec­tion and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion. Read the results in full ...
 
 
South Africa: greater scrutiny for LG elections
 
President Ramaphosa promises scrutiny of party candidates in 2022 local elections, including the establishment of an electoral commission. Read more ...
 
Opportunities and publications
 
PLATFORMA EXTENSION
 
Platforma, the European forum for development, has extended the deadline for its awards to 31 January. For full information about eligibility and the benefits of being selected for an award for your development work, take a look at the website. 
 
 
African School on Decentralistion
 
The African School on Decentralisation and Development in Africa is offering the opportunity to attend the event from 25 MAY - 5 JUNE 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Deadline: 31 January 2020. For more information about who can apply go to the website and apply online.  
 
 
 
 
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