The International Session on Local Leadership Organized by ALGA of UCLG-Africa

Conference Center of Al Akhawayn University Ifrane, Morocco From Monday 10th to Saturday 15th December 2018 in Ifrane, Morocco

The African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), in partnership with ENDA ECOPOP of Senegal, the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy in Africa (OIDP Africa), Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane and UN-Habitat, launched the International Training Session on Local Leadership at Al Akhawayn University Conference Center on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Ifrane, Morocco.

This 5-days training, from December 10 to 15, 2018, is part of the implementation of the Local Leadership College among the Academy’s Continuous Training Offer.

In several African countries, Decentralization is going through significant changes with the transfer of State powers and competencies to the Local Governments. Such process also encourage greater empowerment of Local Governments in the management of their own affairs. It is a question of a better answering to the requirement of the economic, social and environmental development by anchoring a local governance as the framework of elaboration and execution of the plans and projects of development.

Today, elected officials, local managers and other territorial actors and stakeholders are more than ever challenged to make the Local Governance an effective development lever at the service of the population and citizens. In order to carry out their mission well, the decision-makers and the actors in charge of the management of their communities, certainly need to have a good knowledge of the legal instruments and an understanding of their roles and competences, but they also have to count on their intrinsic qualities and their leadership to better understand the various options and political orientations of the State and be able to translate them into local policies and strategies in areas as diverse as environmental management, care and socio-economic integration of vulnerable groups and precarious persons, organization and management of local public facilities and services, etc.

The Local Leadership Training Session is based on the mastery and ownership of the 12 key competencies of actors involved in improving local governance, environmental management, provision of basic local public services, and local and territorial development, with the operational objectives of supporting participants to develop an action plan for using the skills acquired in their respective municipalities, institutions and countries. The Session will be an opportunity to sensitize, train and build the capacity of the beneficiaries of this training offer on the attributes and skills of a local leader, namely representation, local policy making, decision-making, social communication, facilitation, social mobilization, negotiation, financial management, control of local action, exercise of power, management of the local institution and leadership.

The training will be provided, over a period of 5 days, by Mr Mamadou Bachir Kanouté, Expert, Trainer, Executive Director of Co-Production Space for Popular Offers for Environment and Development in Africa (ENDA-ECOPOP), Organization of the ENDA Third World Network (ENDA TM) and Coordinator for Africa of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy (OIDP Africa).

The training Kit, which has been sent to ALGA by the Trainer, is divided into lectures, practical exercises and role plays. Participants will also benefit from support to develop an action plan of the knowledge acquired in their respective countries.

A sightseeing visit of the city of Fes will be organized at the end of the training, on Saturday, December 15 during which the participants will have the opportunity to be received at the Headquarters of the Council of the Region of Fes-Meknes and to discover a part of the Heritage and Culture of the city of Fez.

This training session gathers fourteen (14) participants from Burkina Faso, Benin, Madagascar and Morocco.