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Enhancing the Contribution of Local Authorities and their Partners towards achieving the MDGs through Capacity Building of Local Government Training Institutes
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Project description

This proposal aims to “enhance the contribution and role of local authorities and their partners in achieving the MDGs, in particular in addressing poverty, gender inequity and equality and in the realization of im-proved local governance and sustainable development by strengthening the capacities of local government training institutes”. Strengthening of Local Government Training Institutes is taking place in two, interrelated, ways: (i) strength-ening their institutional capacities and (ii) building the training skills of their faculty. Following an Expert Group Meeting to assess the needs of the training institutes, tools for institutional strengthening (e.g. development of business plans, training need and impact assessment) would be intro-duced in sub-regional workshops and would be followed up through regional partnering between institutions, newsletters a website and selected advisory services. Furthermore through these sub-regional workshops training of trainers events would take place in a number of thematic areas such as leadership skills for coun-cillors, transparency, financial management, participatory budgeting, local economic development as well as gender and local governance. In all these areas UN-HABITAT methodologies and tools exist.
Location: Global
- Shelter and Sustainable Human Settlements Development Division
- Training and Capacity Building
- Urban Development and Management
- Training and capacity building
- Land and Housing
- Environment and Climate Change
- Environmental Planning & Management
- Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
- Natural and man-made disasters
- Social Inclusion
- Gender
Budget: USD 687,200

Focus Area(s)

- FA1: Effective advocacy, monitoring and partnerships
- FA2: Promotion of participatory urban planning, management and governance


Achieving the Millennium Development Goals is only then possible if sub-national actors, close to the target groups, are empowered to work towards poverty eradication and sustainable development. Given that de-centralization and the devolution of power to local governments is a reality in most countries, it is this sphere of government which needs to redouble its efforts.However, many local governments lack the resources to govern as effectively as would be required to achieve the Millennium Development Goals locally. UN-HABITAT has identified national Local Government Training Institutes as potential key players in providing needs-based training for locally elected leaders and municipal managers in order to capacitate them to respond to the many challenges they face. Unfortunately, in most countries such training institutes are underfunded and their staff lack capacities to address the changing realities of local governments.


National local government training institutions and international local government training networks and support structures strengthened to effectively respond to the training needs of local authorities as to con-tribute to human settlements development with a focus on local governance and urban development. Increased training and organizational development skills of local government trainers and managers in the areas of local economic development, gender, financial management, transparency urban envi-ronment and climate change.

Target group

Local Government Training Institutes

If you may be interested in funding this project, please contact us: info.rmu@unhabitat.org
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