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

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Africa-Europe Partnership: Call to young African local elected officials!





Are you a young African local elected official? Do you know a young African local elected official?

This is for you!

Participate in the meeting dedicated to young actors of local authorities from Africa and Europe, under the theme: “Africa-Europe Partnership: Connecting young local leaders! “. The event will take place online from 23 to 24 June 2021.

Register here.

The challenges of the meeting

Europe and Africa face more and more common challenges, there is a growing need for greater cooperation and solidarity, starting with the local level. Many of these challenges are long-term and intergenerational, meaning young people are deeply affected. And indeed who better to talk about the world of tomorrow than the youth?

That’s why UCLG Africa, Platforma and CEMR are holding the “Africa-Europe partnership: Connecting young local leaders!” event gathering young local and regional elected officials, youth organisations, representatives and partners from Europe and Africa to tackle one big question: how should African and European young local leaders organise their collaboration?

The event will explore how local leaders can structure their future dialogue and provide input to major events such as the African Union-European Union summits and Africities. The session will build upon previous work begun in Abidjan and Marrakesh in 2018.

During the opening session, inspiring young leaders will share their reflections on a future for Africa-Europe relations that takes into account the needs and wishes of young people in an increasingly connected world.

The following day, we’ll discuss the future of this partnership during a practical working group session and gather ideas to structure the dialogue and address common challenges together from a local perspective.

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UCLG Executive Bureau 2021

The 2021 UCLG Executive Bureau meetings will be held from 18 to 20 May under the theme: Care at the heart of local service provision for an inclusive recovery.

The business session of the Executive Bureau will take place on Thursday 20th preceded by a Policy Debate.

The Financial Management Committee and Committee on Statutory Affairs will meet respectively on the 18th and 19th.

The Executive Bureau will see several thematic sessions, as well as high-level policy dialogues.

More informarion here

UCLG Executive Bureau 2021

The 2021 UCLG Executive Bureau meetings will be held from 18…

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