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The ACC seeks to facilitate critical urban research and policy discourses for the promotion of vibrant, democratic and sustainable urban development in the global South from an African perspective.

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The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), based in Harare, Zimbabwe, is an independent, capacity-building institution established in November 1991 to build and strengthen, amongst others, sustainable indigenous capacity for macroeconomic policy analysis and development throughout Sub-Saharan Africa;


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MDP-ESA and AFSUN agreed to cooperate in activities and programs that are consistent with the  mandate, goals and objectives of both and which advance the development and implementation of a policy environment that will enhance the food security of the urban poor in the towns and cities of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).





AMCOD is a Specialized Committee on local government within the African Union system. AMCOD was officially created by Ministers responsible for Decentralization, Local Government, and Local Development in Yaounde in December 2003 with the aim of consolidating democracy and improving the living conditions of the people.  Visit AMCOD




The State University of New York’s Center for International Development is a leading university based international development center enhancing knowledge and practice of governance and policy making world wide. The Center is part of the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, a national leader in public affairs education. The Center draws upon the extensive intellectual and technical resources from the State University of New York and serves as a key component of the university’s overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange, and sustainable development. The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 413,000 students in 6,688 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.




A global alliance of cities and their development partners committed to improve the living conditions of the urban poor through action in two key ares:

  1. City development strategies which reflect a shared vision of the city’s future priorities for action to reduce poverty.
  2. Citywide and nationwide slum upgrading – moving upgrading to scale
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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.

ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.



Inwent is a non-profit organisation with worldwide operations dedicated to human resource development, advanced training, and dialogue. Our capacity building programmes are directed at experts and executives from politics, administration, the business community, and civil society.


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The RUAF Foundation is an international network of seven regional resource centres and one global resource centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security. In 1996 the international Support Group on Urban Agriculture (SGUA) took the initiative to set up a Resource Centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF), in response to the expressed need of organisations and local governments in the South for effective mechanisms for the documentation and exchange of research data and practical experiences on urban agriculture. In the following years RUAF gradually evolved into an international network of regional resource centres providing training, technical support and policy advice to local and national governments, producer organizations, NGO’s and other local stakeholders. In March 2005 the RUAF partners established the RUAF Foundation as their joint administrative body and liaison office. RUAF focuses its activities mainly in 20 cities, where RUAF closely cooperates with the local government, producer organisations, NGO’s, universities and private enterprises.

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The United Cities  and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) is an association of village, town and city councils; mayors and councillors, local government associations, as well as individuals and entities with an intimate interest in local government in Africa. It was launched on 18th May 2005 in Tshwane, South Africa, to be a single voice and representative of African local government, to build capacity within African local government and to mobilize resources and facilitate development based on relevant priorities in local communities of Africa. The Municipal Development Partnership serves as a technical agency for UCLGA.






United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organisation’s stated mission is:

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To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

A targeted work programme

UCLG’s work programme focuses on:

- Increasing the role and influence of local government and its representative organisations in global governance;

- Becoming the main source of support for democratic, effective, innovative local government close to the citizen;

- Ensuring an effective and democratic global organisation.

United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacity of local governments. It promotes the role of women in local decision-making, and is a gateway to relevant information on local government across the world.

UCLG’s members represent over half of the world’s total population

Present in 136 of the 191 UN members states in seven world regions, UCLG’s members include individual cities and national associations of local governments, which represent all the cities and local governments in a single country.

Over 1000 cities across 95 countries are direct members of UCLG.

112 Local Government Associations (LGAs) are members of UCLG, representing almost every existing LGA in the world. Europe boasts the largest number of LGAs, which represent around 80 per 100 of the total European population.



VNG International is the international cooperation agency of the VNG, the Dutch Association of Municipalities and was founded in 1993, currently with 42 staff in The Hague and a further 40 in international project offices.

Mission: “Committed to Strengthening Democratic Local Government Worldwide”

Areas of expertise: Decentralization & Intergovernmental Relations; Municipal Management & Finance; Municipal Infrastructure & Services; Democratization & Governance; Association Capacity Building; Municipal International Co-operation; Conflict Prevention, Peace-building & Post Conflict Reconstruction
It is a medium sized organization annually managing some 60 plus projects and programmes across the world.

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The World Bank Institute (WBI) is the Bank Group’s principal provider of learning activities. It has delivered training courses and seminars since the 1950s, mostly for government officials in developing countries on such topics as macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction, health, education, and policy reform in other economic sectors.

During the past decade, WBI increased  its activities on a broader range of subjects aligned with the World Bank’s regional and country development priorities. It also expanded its audiences to include non-state actors such as civil society organizations, the private sector, journalists, and parliamentarians.

WBI has recently shifted its strategy in response to the widespread recognition - in the Accra Agenda for Action, for example - that capacity development is a vital element in any effective strategy to reduce poverty.


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The Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) is an information based organization with a focus on building knowledge and promoting gender equality and women’s rights at all levels. It does this through collection, analysis, processing and dissemination of information.





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