Benefiting communities

2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference

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The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and other local government representatives will attend the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference taking place this week in Kampala, Uganda. 

Convened by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), the conference will be hosted by the government of Uganda alongside the Uganda Local Governments Association.

The CLGF founded in 1995 is the chosen organisation tasked to deal with local government matters within the Commonwealth of Nations.

The conference is held every two years and it is expected to attract 500-600 delegates made up of local government policy makers and practitioners ranging from mayors, ministers responsible for local government, officials and members of civil society organisations.

The theme of this year’s conference is 'developmental local government: putting local government at the heart of development'.

The delegates will focus on ensuring that development meets the needs of local communities.

The objective is to explore how a decentralised approach to development can best serve villages, towns and cities where development needs to be anchored.

A special session to be run in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme on the role of local government in global development is also on the cards and is dedicated specifically to a process of consultation on the post-2015 developmental agenda.

This session will give the local government sector an opportunity to provide input into what will replace the Millennium Developmental Goals after 2015.

The recommendations from this session will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly at their meeting to be held in September.

SALGA entered into an memorandum of understanding with the CLGF in 2008, and recently renewed the co-operation agreement in 2012.

As a member of the CLGF, SALGA will attend the conference and our member municipalities attending the conference will amongst others, through their participation, take part in study visits in Kampala, Uganda as well as share international experience and best practices on developmental matters with other countries within the continent and the broader Commonwealth region.

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