The African Union Commission provided the theme for 2016 African Day of Decentralization and Local Development (ADDLD), celebrated on 10 August.
In its verbal note of 21 July, the AU informs that the theme for this edition is “Gender, equity, and women empowerment key for achieving African’s Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Thus, the celebration of this day will be around two sub-themes:
– “What strategies to improve women’s representation in the various organs of their local governments?”
-“Empowerment of rural women, critical to ending poverty and hunger in Africa”.
The choice of the theme aligns with the objectives of the Agenda 2063 and the proclamation by the African Union of 2016 the year of “Human Rights, with a particular emphasis on Women’s Rights”.
Note that it is the 5th edition of the African Day of Decentralization and Local Development, which aims to promote the values and principles of decentralization, local governance and local development in Africa. Which is a prerequisite for improving the livelihood of all peoples on the continent. According to the objectives pursued by the African Charter on Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development. The charter adopted in 2014 by the Member States of the AU for promoting, protecting, strengthening and consolidating decentralization, local governance and local development in Africa.
Madagascar is the only country that have already ratified the Charter.
The events held on this day “provide an opportunity between the stakeholders in the decentralization and local development processes and seize opportunity to exchange and assess on the implementation of these policies», affirms the verbal note of the AU.
In this view, UCLG Africa as the voice of local governments of Africa and with its GADDEPA program which the first pillar is devoted to advocacy for the promotion of decentralization, mobilizes its members to actively take part at the celebration of this day in their respective countries.