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.”


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 União das Ciudades e Capitães Lusófonas Africanas, (UCCL AFRICA).

Where We Will Be

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

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African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Forum of Leaders and Local Authorities

The upcoming summit for the AU-EU relations, which takes place every 3 years and will be hosted next by the EU, will be the culminating moment where African and European Heads of State and Government meet to take stock of the progress being made, determine new joint priorities for their common future and provide political guidance for further work. Ahead of the Summit, a series of discussions, side events and forums will take place to allow for different stakeholders, from both continents, to exchange and prepare the key messages to share at the Summit towards African and European Heads of States.

In 2015, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) – PLATFORMA and the African section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG Africa), together with the International Association of French-Speaking Mayors (AIMF); the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) as well as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), signed a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission. In this framework, they have been mandated by the European Commission to organize the EUAU Forum for local and regional governments (LRG Forum) in the framework of the EU-AU Summit.

For the first time, the LRG Forum is an officeial side-event taking place ahead of the Summit and which will allow for local and regional governments, and their representative associations, to agree upon common messages and share their recommendations with Heads of States from both continents. Subnational and local governments need to be empowered to ensure sustainable and cohesive development at local and regional levels, be involved in policy design at all levels and be in the driving seat of policy implementation.

The 5 FPAs involved have hold preparatory meetings and a first programme will be shared around: – A first angle could include economic development and COVID-19 recovery,

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World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture

Established by UNESCO in 2019 and held every year on 24 January, the World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture aims to celebrate the many vibrant cultures of the African continent and African Diasporas around the world, and promotes them as an effective lever for sustainable development, dialogue and peace. As a rich source of the world’s shared heritage, promoting African and Afrodescendant culture is crucial for the development of the continent, and for humanity as a whole.  More information here.

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Second International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global Change

Bringing together scientists, policy makers, operators, basin authorities and civil society to address water security and global challenges in Megacities



Paris, New York, Beijing, Mumbai, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Lagos… all Megacities – urban centers which accommodate more than 10 million inhabitants – are facing “mega”-challenges related to providing water services for their inhabitants, while managing their environment. More information here.


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

  • 1975

    Creation of the Union of African Cities (UVA) with headquarters in Dakar (Senegal)

  • 1988

    Transfer of the UVA headquarters from Dakar to Rabat (Morocco)

  • 1996

    Creation of the Coordination of World Associations of Cities and Local Authorities (WACLAC) during the Habitat II Summit in Istanbul (Turkey)

  • 1998

    First Africities Summit in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

  • 2000

    The Lomé Summit adopted the Constitutional Act of the Union.Creation of the Council of African Municipalities and Regions (CCRA) bringing together the three groups of local authorities according to the official language of their countries of origin (English-speaking, French-speaking, Portuguese-speaking)

  • 2003

    Establishment of the Council of African Municipalities and Regions (CCRA) at the Africities 3 Summit in Yaoundé (Cameroon), later renamed United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA)

  • 2005

    Founding Congress of UCLGA in Tshwane (South Africa)

  • 2006

    Launch of the LEDNA (Local Economic Development Network of Africa)

  • 2008

    First extraordinary general assembly of UCLG Africa in Abuja (Nigeria)

    Adoption of the GADDEPA, strategic plan 2008-2020 of UCLG Africa

  • 2009

    Creation of the AfricanLocal Government Academy (ALGA)

  • 2010

    Meeting of the Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa in Cairo (Egypt)

    Participation of UCLG Africa in the 2nd World Congress of UCLG in Mexico City (Mexico)

  • 2011

    Launch of REFELA in Tangier (Morocco)

  • 2012

    Ordinary General Assembly of UCLG Africa in Dakar (Senegal), putting an end to the crisis that started in 2006 and consecrating the return to unity within the UCLG Africa family

    Launch of the Peer Review program

  • 2013

    Launch of the Territorial Coaching program

    Creation of the African Observatory on Local Finance

    Creation of the Africa MAGNET (Network of city managers) and Africa FINET (Network of city Financial Directors)

  • 2014

    Adoption by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union of the African Charter of Values and Principles on Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development

  • 2015

    Establishment of UCLG Africa Regional Offices

  • 2016

    Adoption of the new constitution of UCLG Africa in an extraordinary General Assembly: the acronym retained is UCLG Africa instead of UCLGA

    Launching of the African Observatory on Human Resources of Subnational and Local Governments

  • 2017

    Establishment of the Knowledge Hub, the Resource Centre UCLG Africa

    First African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI)

    Launch of the Climate Task Force

    Creation of the Africa TECHNET (Network of city Technical Directors)

  • 2018

    African Forum of Regions

    Adoption of the Charter of African Local Authorities on Migration

    Official launch of the Campaign on "African cities without street children " by its Patron, Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco

    8th edition of the Africities Summit in Marrakech (Morocco) which coincided with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Africities

  • 2019

    Proposal of the program on territorializing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to accelerate the achievement of the objectives of the Paris Agreement

    Establishment of the African Committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) whose declaration lists UCLG Africa among the organizations responsible for supporting the implementation of the Climate Agenda on the African continent

  • 2020

    Adoption of GADDEPA 2.0, the strategic plan 2021-2030 of UCLG Africa

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