Our Vision & Mission

“To promote decentralization and African local government as a distinct and autonomous sphere of government while building African unity and driving African ​​development through the grassroots.”

Who We Are

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa)​

The umbrella organization for African local governments, was founded in 2005 in the City of Tshwane, South Africa as a result of the unification of three continental groups of local governments, namely the African Union of Local Authorities (AULA); the Union des Villes Africaines (UVA); and the Africa Chapter of the Unao dos Ciudades y Capitaes Lusofono Africana, (UCCL AFRICA).

Where We Will Be

We are always busy somewhere.  Find out where you can meet up with us.

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World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture (24 January)


In November 2019, the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference proclaimed January 24 of each year as the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture.

This date coincides with the adoption of the Charter for the Cultural Renaissance of Africa in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

This celebration is the result of efforts led by the African Network of Cultural Promoters and Entrepreneurs (RAPEC) with the support of UCLG Africa.

The theme chosen for the year 2021 is: “Celebrating African culture for a reconciled Humanity”.

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UCLG Africa Statutory meetings 2020

The 24th session of UCLG Africa Executive Committee will be held online, on 7 December 2020. In the afternoon of the same day the Pan-African Council of the organization will also meet.

This 23rd session of the Executive Committee will adopt the 2021 budget of UCLG Africa.

As a reminder, UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee is the body in charge of the political leadership of the organization. The Executive Committee is comprised of 16 members, 15 members equally representing each of the 5 regions of the continent, (3 for each of the 5 regions), plus the President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA – UCLG Africa’s gender committee). The Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa is composed of forty-five (45) active members, nine (9) for each African sub-region.

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World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture (24 January)

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UCLG Africa Statutory meetings 2020

The 24th session of UCLG Africa Executive Committee will be held…

Our Pillars

Institutional Strenghtening and Capacity Development

One of the key elements of our service delivery includes working closely with our members to ensure political representation and financial sustainability.

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Advocacy and Mobilisation

As the leading advocate for decentralization we understand that wider participation on this agenda and other African and Global Agendas will not happen on its own.

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Corporate Learning and Knowledge Management

Providing good governance in local government systems is no easy task and requires professional administration and strong leadership.

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UCLG Africa delivers programs aimed at improving the lives of grassroots communities across the continent.

Our History

  • 1963

    On May 25th 1963 in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, 32 African states agreed to establish the Organization of African Unity (OAU). To commemorate this historic event May 25th is celebrated as Africa Day.

  • 1990

    Throughout the 1990s African leaders debated the need to amend the OAU’s structures to reflect the challenges of a changing world.

  • 1999

    September 9th 1999 the 4th Extraordinary Session of the OAU saw Heads of State and Government adopt the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of a new Africa Union. To commemorate this historic event September 9th is celebrated as Africa Union Day.

  • 2000

    The Lomé Summit adopted the Constitutional Act of the Union.

  • 2001

    The Lusaka Summit drew the roadmap for the implementation of the AU.

  • 2002

    The July 2002 Durban Summit launched the AU and convened the 1st Assembly of the Heads of State of the African Union.

  • 2013

    50th Anniversary

    The year 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity.

  • 2015

    The Africa Union Heads of State and Government adopted Agenda 2063.

UCLG Africa Network


Central Africa Region


North Africa Region

UCLG Africa Headquarters
22 Essaadyine Street,
Hassan, Rabat
Tel: +212 53 726 0062


East Africa Region

UCLG Africa
East Africa Regional Office (EARO)
Arusha International Conference Centre,
138-140 Ngorongoro Wing,
P.O Box 189,
Tel: +255 27 250 4703


West Africa Region

UCLG Africa
West Africa Regional Office (WARO)
1st Floor, Okponglo, South Legon –
PMB CT 510
Cantonment, Accra
Tel: +233 54 031 2883 / +233 50 404 2220


South Africa Region