Access to Donor Funding for Local Governments in Africa, September 2008

The enormously successful Conference organised by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and Developing Markets Associates (DMA) in association with United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Department for Provincial and Local Government, Government of South Africa (DPLG), attended by some 300 participants from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNDESA, UNCDF, UN Habitat, the European Commission, DFID, GTZ, USAID and other international development agencies, local government partner organisations and the private sector and co- chaired by CLGF/ UCLGA/ SALGA/ DPLG with vice chairs from the Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.

This unique event will provide a forum for all the relevant stakeholders – local government, national governments (including ministries of local government, finance and planning), local government associations, development partners, private sector and civil society – to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the development community and how it relates to local government
  • Understand the ways in which donor funds can support local government
  • Identify ways in which local governments can access development funding more effectively and how they can play a more significant role in the planning, monitoring and implementation of development funds in their country

It is a must-attend event for:

  • Ministers of local government, finance and planning
  • Ministry officials
  • Local government associations
  • Mayors, council leaders, councillors, city managers and chief officers
  • State and provincial government leaders and officials
  • Policy and decision makers and administrators from development agencies
  • Private sector executives and civil society representatives involved in development

Speakers will include:

  • Hon S Mufamadi, Minister for Local and Provincial Government, South Africa
  • Mayor Masondo, President of the South African Local Government Association (tbc)
  • Basil Morrison, Chairperson, CLGF
  • Carl Wright, Secretary-General, CLGF
  • Ransford Smith, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General
  • Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, President UCLGA
  • Mrs Julia Dolly Joiner, Commissioner for Political Affairs, African Union Commission
  • Dr Oby Ezekwesli, Vice President, World Bank, Africa Region (tbc)
  • Ministers of local government and finance and senior officials

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