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Welcome to enews - May 2020
 
Welcome to this edition of enews. As COVID-19 understandably continues to dominate the work of local government, we feature information on our website about good practice and links to relevant websites. There is also a tracker showing the number of confirmed cases of the virus across the Commonwealth on a country by country basis. CLGF's COVID-19 statement and fortnightly messages can be accessed here.
 
This enews also features initiatives in Dominica, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.and how training on women's political empowerment is being deliveried across the four local councils associations in Pakistan. .
 
We acknowledge the important work being undertaken by local government everywhere and we stand with you all. 
 
CLGF news
 
COVID-19 - resource page and CLGF messages
 
The CLGF website contains a number of case studies and links to sites with relevant information about the pandemic of interest to local government and stakeholders. Read more ... 
 
 
Commonwealth Secretariat tracker
 
The Commonwealth Coronavirus COVID-19 Response Centre contains various information about the pandemic, including a tracker of the trajectory of confirmed cases across the Commonwealth. Source: Johns Hopkins University (2020) World Health Organisation (2020) Take a look ...
 
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
 
Dominica: public health initiative
 
Roseau City Council, the largest municipal body on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has been putting its efforts into a robust public health campaign. Read more about this initiative ...
 
 
Zimbabwe: strengthening financial sustainability
 
CLGF has been working with the Ministry of Local Government and local authorities to improve budget preparation and income streams for services and development work. Read more about this project ...
 
 
New Zealand: ways of boosting the economy
 
LGNZ welcomes proposal to lift debt covenants to provide more choices and capacity for member councils to raise more debts.  Read more ....
 
Building sustainable cities
 
Cities especially vulnerable to COVID-19
 
According to The World Economic Forum, the things that make cities dynamic also make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Read more about the urban response ...
 
 
Canada: Green Municipal Fund for innovation
 
For 20 years, the Green Municipal Fund has helped Canadian municipalities switch to innovative and sustainable practices. Entering an exciting new chapter of growth, now looking at  community buildings that are more efficient and powered by cleaner energy systems. Read more about this fund ...
 
 
Impact on climate change of pandemic
 
With the epicentre of the pandemic in the US and Europe, the Institute for Sustainable Communities looks at the impact on climate change in developing countries. Read more about this ... 
 
Strengthening local democracy
 
Women's empowerment through virtual training
 
Life continues during the lockdown to guard against the pandemic and, never more so than in Pakistan, where an innovative and stimulating webinar on political inclusion has just been delivered.
 
 
Inclusive politics in the Commonwealth
 
The Director of the Research Support Centre for Development in India gives his impressions on the conference which heralded the end of a two-year project on inclusive democracy.  Read more about his reflections ...
 
 
local authorities working with communities.
 
Dame Julia Unwin, Chair of the UK Civil Soceity Futures 2017-18 writes about the capability, reach and organisational ability of local authorities in partnership with communities in the Local Governmet Chronicle. Read the article in full.... 
 
 
Shielding democracy from Covid-19
 
Anne Gallagher, Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation, asks what we can do to ensure that the great pandemic of 2020 is not remembered for an unravelling of democratic values? Read the article in full....
 
Opportunities and publications
 
Take part in PFD Survey on EU support - deadline: 18 May
 
Calling all CLGF members to share your experiences of development cooperation with the European Union! Still time to give your views as the deadline has been extended to 18 May. Find out more about the survey ...
 
 
Municipal Journal online
 
One of the UK's leading local goverment journals is available online for free. Find out more about local government issues from the UK point of view ... 
 
 
Cities Alliance Annual Report
 
The Cities Alliance 2019 Annual Report is now available, detailing its global programmes and work with informal settlements.. Read the report in full ...
 
 
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