Continental Dialogues promoting the benefits and celebrating the achievements of decentralization are an important aspect of our work in East Africa and establishing the High Council of Local Authorities (HCLA) as a Consultative Organ of the African Union. It is an institutional framework designed and adopted to promote effective participation of Africans, particularly the people at the local level in the African Union policy and decision processes. The Council will support mutual interaction and feedback on citizens’ needs and priorities at the local level. The overarching aim of the HCLA is to transform the African Union as an organization that is largely steered by its central government to one that effectively engages the participation of the local population.
With the key events across the region including Africa Decentralization Day celebrations, and hosting the Tanzania Mayor Awards, we aim to provide platforms to promote the benefits of decentralization. Important work also includes strengthening the dialogue with Europe by encouraging and promoting cooperative partnership between the EU and African Local Government.