15 September - Day of Democracy

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Stand up together for democracy

The 15th of September marks the Day of Democracy. An important day to raise awareness of.
Democracy is backsliding and the civic space is shrinking. Distrust and disinformation are growing and the polarization is undermining our democratic institutions.

We have to stand up for the democratic principles such as equity, inclusion, transparency, accountability and solidarity. On this day, and every other day, let us stand up together for democracy, freedom and human rights for everybody, everywhere.

Johan Lilja, Secretary General ICLD

Being a local politicians during wartimes

Ukrainian politicians Oleksandra Fedoruk, Iryna Kolkovska and Ulyana Pak are participants of the Women’s Political Leadership programme. Photo: Olga Shadura.

A conversation with three Ukrainian participants in ICLD:s programmes.

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Judy became a pioneer

One of the main goals of our programmes is to empower our participants to be strong leaders championing democracy and human rights and good role models to their communities. Here is the success story of Judy Makira from Kenya who, inspired by ICLD’s leadership programme, decided to run for a seat that has never been vied for by a woman.

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Opportunities for students

ICLD Interns Oliver and Caroline

Apply for Internship 

ICLD is currently looking for two interns for the spring 2023 to our office in Visby.

Are you student at a Swedish university, interested in local democracy, international development, human rights and communications?

Apply for an intership at ICLD! We welcome applicants from all over the world.

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Photo by James Sutton on Unsplash

Application open for ICLD Field Work Grant

Are you a master student writing your thesis on a topic like gender equality, climate change or youth inclusion?

Are you also interested in the role of local democratic institutions in global issues?

The application for our Fieldwork Grants is open until 2nd October.

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ICLD educational films

ICLD initiates and funds reserach project in the field of local democracy. All of the projects funded result in at least one research report, often a policy brief and sometimes in an educational film.

How can local governments involve citizens in the budget process?

If local governments inform and engage citizens in the budget planning and execution process, the local budgets will be more transparent and equitable.

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Waste management - can it be more sustainable and inclusive?

While many local governments are looking for shiny technological innovations in the Global North that can serve as magic bullets, a group of researchers remind us that waste is already managed by millions of waste pickers.

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To all ICLD educational films

Alumni talks

ICLD want to maintains and enhances a highly engaged, vibrant community of our alumni worldwide. We hope that the ICLD Alumni talks will contribute to this. Welcome to join!

20 October at 16.00 CET: Localising the Global Goals in Africa

ICLD recommends:

New research on local democracy and the sustainable development goals is continuously published on the ICLD website. Find your next read here:

The ICLD Learning tools including cases and toolboxes

Good examples how we work with the Global Goals

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