Our mission is to strengthen democratic local governance worldwide. We do this by offering practice-oriented short courses and multi-annual training programmes for people involved in local governance. Our programmes support practitioners to enhance their awareness, knowledge and skills to act as change agents in their organisations and communities.
In our view, good democratic local governance is:
The local level for most citizens is the first point of contact with the government. Moreover, in a well-functioning democracy, the local level offers a space for citizens where they can raise their concerns and participate in decision-making.
At the same time, due to worldwide decentralisation and urbanisation, local authorities play an increasing role in tackling global issues such as climate change, migration and social inequality.
Therefore, we believe that inclusive, sustainable development starts at the local level, with local authorities and citizens working constructively together.
We believe that a stronger local democracy will lead to governments and citizens jointly promoting stability, sustainable socio-economic development and better public services. This will ultimately improve the quality of life of citizens worldwide.