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2nd International Conference on the “Role and responsibility of Local and Subnational Governments for the Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage”

The celebration of the International Day of Monuments and Sites for World Cultural Heritage will take place on April 18, 2019. United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the City of Rabat, in partnership and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of National Spatial Planning, Town Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, ICOMOS-Morocco, UNESCO and the Italian Foundation Romualdo Del Bianco, will organize the 2nd International Conference under the theme: “The Role and Responsibility of Local and Subnational Governments in the Preservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage.”

The celebration will take place over two days with Thursday April 18, 2019, to be held at the ISESCO Headquarters and Friday, April 19, 2019 to be held at the Headquarters of the City Council of Rabat (Morocco).

The organization of this 2nd International Conference is supported by ISESCO’s proclamation that 2019 is the “Year of Heritage in the Islamic World.”

The theme, ” The role and responsibility of local and subnational governments in the preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage,” will be a longstanding one. In the wake of the 2018 Conference, which focused on “Protecting Cultural Heritage through Participatory and Inclusive Governance” this is in support of the implementation of Target 11.4 of SDG 11 (Strengthen efforts to protect and preserve the world’s cultural and natural heritage.”  Local and subnational governments have become key players in this field, because of the roles and responsibilities that are transferred to them by the national governments, and the preservation and enhancement of the cultural heritage is part of a context that is becoming increasingly multi-actor with multi-levels of governance.

The main goal of the conference is to bring to the table all the actors and stakeholders concerned or involved in the preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and to create a roadmap allowing each actor and each stakeholder to grasp the importance of its role and the extent of its responsibilities throughout the chain of custody and enhancement of cultural heritage.

Cultural Heritage constitutes a fundamental lever of human life which participates not only in the promotion of peace, balance, continuity and harmony in human societies, but, when it is well protected and well valued, it is also a lever for promoting sustained, shared and sustainable economic growth, Sustainable Development Goal # 8, whose Target 8.9 aims to, “develop and implement policies to develop sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products,” by 2030.

The opening of the conference will be officially made by representatives of ISESCO; the Ministry of Culture and Communication; UN-Women; ICOMOS-Morocco; the Communal Council of Rabat; and UCLG Africa.

More than one hundred participants are expected at this important meeting, including: representatives of international organizations (UNESCO, ISESCO, ICOMOS), the ministerial departments responsible and/or involved in the governance and management of Cultural Heritage, Associations of Local and Subnational Governments in Africa and the Arab and Muslim World, as well as components of Civil Society and other participants.

The Conference will be an opportunity to highlight the best practice of some African cities in the protection and promotion of their Cultural Heritage, including: Bobo-Dioulasso Town, Burkina Faso, Praia Town (Cabo Verde), the Commune of Abobo (Côte d’Ivoire), the City of Bamako (Mali), the cities of El Jadida, Azemmour and Marrakech, (Morocco), Cities of Mauritania, the City of Lagos (Nigeria) and the City of La Goulette, Tunisia. The Conference will also be marked by the presentation of the experiences of the Arab world, including Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Mauritania.

Participants will address the theme from 5 main perspectives:

1) What is the context and what are the current challenges of preserving, protecting and enhancing Cultural Heritage?

2) What is the mapping for the main actors and stakeholders in the dynamics of preservation, protection and enhancement of cultural heritage?

3) What are the roles and responsibilities of local and subnational governments in the management, preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage?

4) What tools and strategies exist for local and regional authorities for the management, preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage?

5) What are the main pillars for a possible roadmap targeting the local level?

The national and international media based in Morocco are invited to cover the proceedings of the International Conference on Thursday, April 18, 2019   from 09:00 am   at the ISESCO Headquarters (Avenue des FAR, Hay Ryad – Madinat Al Irfane) and Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:00 am at the Headquarters of the Municipal Council of the City of Rabat, Avenue Mohamed Belhassan El Ouazzani, Takkadoum.

Participants will finally have the opportunity to visit the jewels of the City of Rabat, a city that has made Cultural Heritage a strategic axis and a development lever for its progress and sustainable development.

About:

ISESCO: The Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) was established in May 1979 by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Its headquarters are based in Rabat (Morocco). Websitehttp://www.isesco.org.ma

UCLG Africa: is the umbrella organization of the local governments of Africa whose founding congress took place in the city of Tshwane, South Africa, in May 2005. UCLG Africa has had its headquarters in the city of Rabat (Morocco) since January 2008. It is the African chapter of the world organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Websitewww.uclga.org

 

For more information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Phone: + 212 610 56 71 45

e-mail: gyomi@uclga.org

The Press release is available here in PDF.

Register for the 3rd Edition of the Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting the local level in Africa (Deadline: 30 May 2019)

UCLG Africa, through its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) and its partners: The Regional Council of Fès-Meknès and Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane, will organize the 3rd edition of the forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting the local level in Africa. The forum will be held from June 10 – 14 at the Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane (Morocco) under the theme: Financing Learning, Training and Capacity Building for Local Elected Officials and Territorial Managers in Africa: for Innovative and Sustainable Mechanisms.

The Forum will be an opportunity to discuss and benchmark the issue of financing learning, training and capacity building that targets local governments in Africa, to present the successful models that exist from around the world and to present and propose innovative and sustainable mechanisms to anchor decentralization in Africa. The Forum will also offer a space to empower participants on the African and Global Agendas.

TARGET PUBLIC

  • Representatives of International Organizations
  • Representatives of Governments
  • Local Governments and their Networks
  • National Associations of Local Governments
  • Local Elected Officials
  • Territorial Managers and their Professional Networks
  • Development Partners and Donors
  • Civil Society
  • Academia
  • Private Sector Representatives, etc.

FEES FOR REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION IN THE FORUM

  • Members and networks of UCLG Africa: 300 euros
  • Non-members of UCLG Africa: 400 euros
  • Husband / Wives and Accompanying Persons: 100 euros
  • Delegations / Groups of more than 5 participants: 20% discount.

Fees can be paid through bank transfer to UCLG Africa at:

BANK: BNPPARIBAS

Address: 117, Boulevard HAUSSMANN 75008, Paris_ France

Beneficiary: CITES ET GOUVERNEMENTS LOCAUX UNIS D’AFRIQUE

IBAN/ Bank account number: FR7630004005670001009726629

BIC/Code SWIFT: BNPAFRPPINT

Transfer notification: FULL NAME OF THE PARTICIPANT + UCLG Africa / ALGA Forum2019.

– Or upon arrival to the Venue of the Forum.

 

For more details click here 

For a registration form click here 

 

Register for the Training of Trainers on Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and Territorial Planning (24-26 April, Accra, Ghana)

ALGA, with the support and mobilization of its partners, namely United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UCLG Learning, and MILE, as an anchoring institute of ALGA in Southern Africa, have decided to set up Training of Trainers on Localizing the SDGs and Territorial Planning, dedicated to enable and capacitate participants from Ghana and the entire West Africa Region.   

The Training of Trainers session on localizing SDGs will be held in Accra, Ghana from April 24-26, 2019 at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Executive Conference Center, the anchoring Institute of ALGA in West Africa.

The main objective is to train a third cohort of trainers from Ghana and the West Africa Region on localizing the SDGs and territorial planning, whose mission will be to disseminate this training offer in Africa.

The Training of Trainers program will be based on Learning Modules 1,2 and 3 developed by UCLG, UNDP, UN-Habitat and the Barcelona Metropolitan Government and cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the SDGs and their localization.
  • Advocacy and awareness raising for the SDG localization process;
  • Reporting and monitoring of the SDG localization process;
  • Development planning and SDG localization;
  • The way ahead: How to organize your own SDG training.

Furthermore, a technical field visit will be conducted and an additional session on facilitation skills will be part of the program.

a) Pedagogical Training fees :

         500 Euros per person

This will include:

  • The toolkit
  • 3 days of training
  • Meals and accommodation at the Executive Conference Center of GIMPA

b) Other Cost to be borne by participants:

– International travel cost (round trip travel to Accra).

The full presentation of the trainings is available here

The register form is available here

For any additional information, please send an email to: lramilijaona@uclga.org; info@nalag-ghana.org; sadamss2000@yahoo.com

UCLG Africa Annual Retreat (18 -21 February 2019)

Initiated in 2017, the third edition of UCLG Africa’s annual retreat will be held from 18 to 21 February 2019 in Ifrane, at the Conference Center of the University of Al Akhawayne (Morocco).

This retreat provides a space for dialogue to reflect on how best the organization can help its members grow and how to strengthen their organizational capacities and abilities.

The meeting will be attended by all UCLG Africa staff (headquarters , regional offices: West Africa region, East Africa Region,  Southern Africa region and ALGA Ouagadougou) and some partners.

The retreat has four main objectives:

Develop a deeper understanding of the continental context;

– Refine the collective understanding of the purpose of UCLG Africa;

– Collectively assess the current state of the organization with a view to ongoing   improvement;

– Clarify the roles, functions, skills and capacities that UCLG Africa will need to thrive.

The program includes workshop work, round tables and plenary sessions.

Watch the video of Day 1 ! 

 

Improve your Skills and your Profile for the Future

The International Institute of Administrative Sciences will organize the first edition of its Research and Professional Development Academy in Brussels from 25 February to 1st March 2019.

The IIAS Research and Professional Development Academy (IIAS Academy) aims to provide PhD Students, young researchers and young professionals (later stage of their PhD thesis or early stage in their professional life) from different regions of the world with an opportunity to develop their capacity to publish, write proposals, seek research grants, establish contact with Brussels-based institutions and start collaborations with other participants.

The idea is for participants to share their research experience in Public Administration/ Management (and related domains) and discuss their early plans/experience of integrating professional life. A key vehicle for this integration is how to use the results of their thesis work to set forward their professional careers.

Junior participants will have an opportunity to mingle with each other and senior professionals and share their experiences of early stage career development. The key objective of the IIAS Academy are:

*  Orient young professionals towards further developing their careers in different contexts: academia, public sector, and international organisations;

*  Provide participants with an opportunity to network with representatives from leading universities, Brussels-based local public organizations (ministries, agencies,..), multinationals (consulting companies);

*  Visit with national, regional and international organisations (EC, UN, and INGOs) to have better insights on the inner workings of those organisations, related career opportunities as well as career development paths that harness the link with the different types of organisations;

*  Offer participants the opportunity to assess their individual competencies and skills for career development and develop them accordingly.

Dates : 25 February 2019 – 1st March 2019

Venue :  IIAS Headquarters

IIAS-IISA

Rue du Commerce, 96 6th Floor – Block C

B- 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM Phone: + 32 2 536 08 80

Contact: academy@iias-iisa.org<mailto:academy@iias-iisa.org>

Please send your complete application file to : academy@iias-iisa.org<mailto:academy@iias-iisa.org>

Deadlines for application :  11 February 2019

CALL-FOR-APPLICATIONS 

REGISTRATION

The first session of the IIAS Academy for Research & Professional Development (IIAS Academy) will take place at IIAS headquarters. The weeklong seminar will bring together young researchers and academics to develop their capacity to publish, write proposals to seek research grants, establish contact with Brussels-based institutions and start collaborations with other participants. Many world-class scholars that have already collaborated with IIAS and its entities have already enlisted in the academy to provide the training.

Registration available here.

Contact : academy@iias-iisa.org<mailto:academy@iias-iisa.org>  and f.maron@iias-iisa.org<mailto:f.maron@iias-iisa.org>

 

Forum: Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation 2019: UCLG Africa will reflect on the theme: ‘Cooperate around Migration’

Brussels will host the forum: ‘Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation’ on February 4 – 5, 2019. Jointly organized by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, the Forum will bring together European institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from the EU and partner countries with the aim of strengthening policy dialogues between these bodies.

UCLG Africa will take an active part in the event with a delegation led by its secretary general, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi. On the first day, February 4th he will act as rapporteur for the open debate on partnerships for sustainable urban development. On the second day of the forum, February 5th, UCLG Africa In Partnership with The International Institute of Administrative Science (IISA) & the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) will organize a side event on the theme, ‘Cooperate around Migration’.

Migration is one of the primary challenges facing African local authorities on a daily basis. During the 8th edition of the Africities Summit (November 20-24, 2018), African local authorities adopted the  Charter of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa on Migration where they agreed, on the one hand to, “enforce the rights of migrants in its locality, to facilitate their peaceful integration into hosting communities and to promote cohesion and conviviality between the hosting communities and the migrant populations,” and on the other hand, to draw the attention of National Governments to the fact that it is this ability to engage in free movement that stabilizes migratory flows and therefore request that National Governments facilitate the provision of legal entry and circulation visas to migrant populations in order to dry up the source of illegal and irregular migrations.

The main objective of the side event “Cooperate around Migration,” is to engage in dialogue about the content of the Charter and on strategies that can make migration a real opportunity for the different actors and stakeholders involved.

Specific objectives and expected results include to :

  • Situate the position and role of the regional and local governments in the global, African and European dialogue on migration;
  • Highlight the role and responsibilities of cities and territories in the management of migration flows and the reception of refugees and migrants, whether in countries of origin, transit or reception;
  • Identify and discuss good practices in governance and management of migration at the local level, including identifying the capacity building needs of local elected officials;
  • See to what extent partnership and decentralized cooperation can be strategic levers to change the perception of crisis migration to migration-opportunity;
  • Establish joint and concerted actions at territorial and local level to meet the needs of refugees and local populations and to meet international commitments;
  • Identify strategic areas to be pursued by European and African local and regional governments and articulate political dialogue with European authorities, particularly in the framework of the Post-Cotonou negotiation, which will include a fundamental chapter on migration.

Read the concept note of the side event. 

Register to participate

Visit the website of the Forum

Date and venue:
February 5, 2019, from 14:30 to 18:00. Venue: The Headquarters of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Street “Rue du Commerce 96”, 1040, Brussels, Belgium, Room C121.

Contact persons:

Dr Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Government Academy of UCLG Africa

Email : najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr

Mobile : +212 (0)661 120 552

Ms Lova Ramilijaona, of ALGA

Email : lramilijaona@uclga.org

Mobile: +212 (0) 658 33 30 27

Complete our Survey on Local Public Services and the quality of Service Delivery in African Cities

UCLG Africa, his African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and his Observatory of Human Resources of Local Governments in Africa, initiate the survey on local public services and the quality of service delivery in Africa Cities.  The objective of this survey is to assess quality in the delivery of services of Cities in Africa through the perception of citizens and users over the period from January to August 2018. The result will be incorporate in the 1st Report on the state of HRM at the level of African Local and Regional Governments, which will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech from 20 to 24 November 2018.

During the period from January to August 2018, you used your Municipality to request one or more services. We would like to know your opinion, your perception and your appreciation of the quality of the service (s) through your own assessment of the following topics:

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Participation of a UCLG Africa Delegation at the 5th Annual Conference of African Public Service-Human Resources Managers Network (APS-HRMnet)

As part of its mission of supporting and strengthening the professional networks of African local governments, UCLG-Africa through its Academy (ALGA) mobilized and supported the participation of a delegation at the 5th Annual Conference of APS-HRMnet Network from 27 to 31 August 2018 in Kampala, Uganda, on the theme: “Human Capital: Sustainable Future for Africa, Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063″.


This important meeting was organized by the APS-HRMnet, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Uganda through the Ministry of Public Service, the United Nations (UNDESA) and the National Chapter of the APS- HRMnet in Uganda (UPS-HRMnet), as well as with the support of several partners including UCLG-Africa and its Academy.

439 people from 28 countries mostly from Africa participated in the Conference, representing various institutions, including Ministries, Central Public Administrations, African Local Governments, Training Institutes, Professional Networks, private companies, representatives of Civil society and Media.

The UCLG-Africa delegation consisted of 14 people, namely:

– The Director of ALGA, Dr. Zarrouk Najat,

– The Special Adviser of UCLG Africa, Prof. Johnson Falade (Nigeria),

– The Director of the Regional Office for East Africa, Mr Juma Menhya Nyende (Uganda);

– The Officer in charge of the African Local Governments HR Observatory of ALGA, Mr. Kamate Ismael (Côte d’Ivoire),

– 10 members of the boards of the four Territorial Managers’ Networks of UCLG-Africa (Africa FINnet, Africa TECHnet, Africa MAGnet and Local Africa HRMnet) representing Burundi, Mauritius, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Senegal and Zambia.

The main objectives of the Conference were to enhance awareness and knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 among Human Resource Managers in Africa. It was also about providing a space for sharing HRM best practices for improving performance, productivity and service delivery, as well as defining a road map for capacity building and leadership of public sector HRM to achieve the SDGs and the 2063 Agenda, and to raise awareness about the African Charter on the Values ​​and Principles of Public Service adopted in 2011.

For the Delegation of UCLG Africa, its participation was animated by the will to strengthen the collaboration between UCLG-Africa and the other African and international networks engaged in the development of Africa, to allow the young networks set up by UCLG Africa to learn and exchange knowledge and experiences with their peers.

This conference was very enriching for the UCLG-Africa Delegation in more than one way:

  1. UCLG-Africa had the opportunity to present a Message of Solidarity to the Conference Organizers at the official opening of the Conference, along with the other Partners (copy attached).
  2. The delegation took part in all the proceedings of the Conference, divided into Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions and Statutory Meetings. It was also marked by the organization of an exhibition dedicated not only to innovations in promoting Human Capital, but also to the income-generating products and activities of the Civil Society, including the wives of the military and veterans.
  3. The UCLG-Africa Networks had the opportunity to organize a parallel session chaired by Prof. Johnson Falade, which was marked by an address by His Excellency the Deputy Minister to the Chief of Government in charge of Administration Reform and Public Service of Morocco. The Networks had the opportunity to ask him to be their Sponsor. His Excellency assured them that they can count on the support of his Department and that they will be invited next year to Morocco.

Experience Sharing, UCLG-African Networks

  1. During the Plenary Session on the Decentralization of Public Service Delivery in Africa, Dr. Zarrouk made a presentation on “Decentralization of Public Services Delivery in Africa: Implications for Public Sector HRM, for ODD and for the Agenda 2063 ” . The Session was also marked by the presentation of Mr. Ben Kumumanya, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Governance of Uganda.
  2. The Director of ALGA took part in working sessions organized by UNDESA to review 5 Training Modules on the Implementation of the SDGs by Public Administration, prepared by Dr John Mary Kauzya. These Modules will be finalized in mid-September, tested during the Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) planned in Botswana, Gaborone from 6 to 9 November 2018, and during Africities Summit.

6. At the APS-HRMnet General Assembly, the Executive Board of the Network was renewed by co-optation or election of the following new officers:

Ms. Savia Nankya Mugwanya, Commissioner of Civil Service College of Uganda, President of APS-HRMnet;

Dr. Zarrouk Najat, Director of ALGA, Vice-President of APS-HRMnet. She was elected by 61 votes, against 10 for the competitor from Kenya;

Dr. Ngambo Fondjo Pierre Vincent, Member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, Cameroon, Vice President, Central Africa Region;

Mr. Amos L. NNKO, University Professor, Tanzania,  Vice- President East Africa;

Dr. Laila El Baradei, Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Vice-President North Africa;

– For West and Southern Africa, the two current Vice-Presidents will continue to serve as acting Vice-Presidents, until the election of the new Vice-Presidents at a future occasion.

The new Executive Board of APS-HRMnet (2018-2020)

  1. The Director of ALGA was invited by the Organizers to take part in the Ministerial Panel on “Attracting and retaining talents in the Public Service for the attainment of 2030 & 2063 development goals.
  2. The Delegation had a working session with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Governance. Several issues were discussed: the signature and ratification of the African Charter on the principles and values of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development, membership of UCLG-Africa, preparation of AFRICITIES, support to ALGA, to the Territorial Managers’ Networks and the East Africa Regional Office; the preparation of a MoU project to be signed with the Civil Service College at the Africities Summit.
  3. A working session was also held with the Honorable Haji Majid Batambuze, Mayor of Jinja and President of the Association of Urban Authorities of Uganda. He was briefed on the Africities Summit. Given the similarities with the city of Khénifra of Morocco (source of Oued Oum Rabii), the Director of ALGA proposed to the Mayor to think about a twinning project with this city.
  4. During the excursion, the participants visited the Civil Service College where a presentation was made on this Institution created in 2010 and inaugurated in 2014 by the Head of State of the Republic of Uganda. As an ecological Establishment, each country represented had the opportunity to plant a tree in the College Garden. Thus, the UCLG-Africa Delegation planted no less than twelve (12) trees, each bearing the name of the country concerned. At the request of the Director of ALGA, a tree was planted in the name of UCLG Africa and its Academy, next to the trees of UNDESA and the Commonwealth.

The Tree of UCLG Africa and ALGA

  1.  The UCLG-Africa delegation had the opportunity to present a Vote of Thanks and Encouragement at the closing ceremony of the Conference, read by the “Dean” of Territorial Managers participating in the Conference, Mr. Itum Boneyk Kimina, Vice President Africa Technet, DRC (copy attached).
  2. During the closing ceremony, the Representative of the Deputy Minister to the Head of Government in charge of the Administration Reform and the Public Service of Morocco announced the candidature of the Kingdom of Morocco to host the 6th Conference of the APS-HRMnet in 2019; proposal unanimously approved by the participants.
  3. The Delegation discussed several cooperation, collaboration and partnership projects and did a lot of lobbying for the Africities Summit.
  4.  ALGA had a desk to present communication documents on UCLG-Africa, on Africities and on the projects of the Academy.
  5. The members of the Board of the Networks took advantage of this Conference opportunity to discuss the evolution of their networks, the mobilization for Africities and the preparation of their next General Assemblies./.

 

African Day of Decentralization and Local Development : UCLG Africa Joins the Kingdom of Morocco for a Successful Celebration

One year after its return within the African Union (AU), the Kingdom of Morocco, like the other countries of the continent, marked the celebration on 10 August 2018, of the African Day of Decentralization and Local Development (JADDL).

The Government of Morocco, the Pan-African Organization of Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM) and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) organized a conference on the central theme adopted by the AU for this day: “Fighting corruption at the local level: a sustainable way to transform Africa from its territories”. The meeting was held on Friday 10 August 2018 at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The conference attracted the interest of several government officials, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Morocco, representatives of international organizations, experts, researchers and academics. The meeting witnessed the opening addresses by: His Excellency Mr. Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, Minister of National Spatial Planning, City Planning, Housing and City Policy, Mr. Abdelouahhab El Jabri, Governor, Director of Training of the Administrative and Technical Executives, Representative of the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Benyacoub, Director of Arts, Representative of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Mohamed Aouad, Vice-President of ARM, Mr. Mohamed Yassine Daoudi, Vice-President of AMPCC, Ms. Leila Rhiwi, Representative of the UN Women’s Multilateral Office for the Maghreb and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The various speakers welcomed the legal instruments that already exist in the field of the fight against corruption and the efforts deployed by Morocco for their implementation, particularly at the local level, notably through its policy of advanced regionalization. “The fight against corruption requires the operationalization of legal systems, the realization of tools for the promotion of participatory democracy and digitalization which is also an effective means through the dematerialization of procedures,” said Governor Abdelouahhab El Jabri. He also announced that Morocco would adopt its charter of administrative deconcentration by October 2018. According to the Minister of City Planning, Mr. Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, the fight also requires the strengthening of decentralized services. He urged local and regional governments to refocus on urban planning. The Vice-President of AMPCC, Mr. Yassine Daoudi expressed the wish for his country to sign and ratify the African Charter on the Values ​​and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development, so as to be endowed with a specific legal instrument for continental local governance. This charter was adopted at the Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government, held from 26 to 27 June 2014 in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

To fight corruption at the local level, the gender approach must be taken into account because “women are in the majority of cases, victims of the negative acts of corruption. They are more affected by this evil and it reinforces inequalities between genders,” said Ms. Leila of UN Women. “The eradication of corruption is a process that involves integrating the gender perspective in the fight. There is a need to understand properly the link between gender and corruption and promote the adoption of participatory budgeting with a gender approach,” she insisted.

Contribution of UCLG Africa

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa recalled that during this year 2018 designated by the African Union as the Year for the fight against corruption, it is important to take action so that “the people do not continue to have the impression that nothing is changing.”

UCLG Africa has joined Morocco in this celebration for the exemplary nature of the country in terms of advanced regionalization. Nevertheless, I request your support, Honorable Ministers, for  your country to sign and ratify the charter that will contribute to the improvement of local governance,” he pleaded.

As a contribution to the fight against corruption, UCLG Africa recommends to its members and the local and regional governments of the continent to:

  • Ensure that the local governments adopt a charter of service delivery to the people and that this charter be known and posted in their administration, and disseminated in the media;
  • Adopt one-stop shops for all administrative services to the citizens;

Adopt the participatory budget tool that allows citizen involvement in the management of the local government’s finances,

  • Adopt local budgets sensitive to gender.

In partnership with Transparency International, UCLG Africa will name and shame the local and regional governments performing poorly in the field of transparency and integrity, during a pilot phase which is currently implemented in volunteer local governments in Uganda, Namibia and Kenya. This tool will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit from 20 to 24 November 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Moroccan local elected officials are also invited to promote the territorial coaching approach within South / South cooperation, a tool launched in 2009 by UCLG Africa with the Oriental Region of Morocco and which is already gaining momentum in Senegal, in the Kaolack Region of this country, since 2017.

The participants also debated the two sub-themes of this day, namely:

  • Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in the management of local affairs: an impediment to the delivery of (i) basic services to the local people, (ii) social justice and (iii) peace;
  • Good Local Governance and promotion of the role of the Civil Society and the Media: A guarantee of success for the fight against corruption in the territories.

In his intervention, Mr. Mouatadid Moulay Abdellatif of the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption (ICPC), noted that the concept of conflict of interest remains difficult to grasp. “It is often confused with incompatibility or multiple mandates. To manage properly conflicts of interest, one must always put the general interest first. The media must play a very important role in raising awareness. They must disseminate a zero tolerance policy against acts of corruption, mobilize public opinion to denounce and counter these practices, have a code of ethics, review the regulations on the status of journalists who are often characterized by this phenomenon during the fulfillment of their function, build up the capacities of the information professionals especially in terms of investigative journalism,” he explained. As recommendation, Mr. Abdellatif advocated for comprehensive and integrated approach where each stakeholder fulfills his role.

The European approach to fighting corruption at the local level was also shared. Mr. Jose Luis Herrero Ansola, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Morocco presented the 12 principles of good democratic governance. This tool promotes the values ​​of transparency, accountability, sound management and accountability. “The Council of Europe has a monitoring mechanism to evaluate municipalities that respect their commitment. The evaluation is conducted in 3 stages: self-evaluation by the local authorities themselves (via a questionnaire), the evaluation of the public (citizens’ survey), satisfaction of the elected officials through interviews with them,” he explained.

A presentation was also made during the meeting on the principles of good governance under the decentralization laws of Morocco. The document was presented by Mr. Adil El Moudden, of the Department of Local Governments. Mr. Said Chakri of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) presented a paper on “Africa and Climate Justice”. He said corruption is an impediment to  the fight against climate change because the gateway to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is environmental, including SDG 16, which aims to reduce markedly corruption and the practice of bribery in all their forms (Target 16.5) and to set up effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels (Target 16.6). “40% of Africans live in an extreme poverty yet Africa is endowed with a huge human potential that will be 2 billion by 2050. In terms of vulnerability to climate change, no African country is immune yet Africa is the continent that pollutes the least,” he lamented.

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ALGA represented UCLG Africa at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes for Administration (IASIA)

The International Association of Schools and Institutes for Administration (IASIA), organized his annual Conference in Republic of Peru, from 23 to 26 July 2018 on the theme “Globalization, Territories and Integration”. UCLG Africa, was represented by Dr Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA).

UCLG Africa was admitted as a Corporate member of the International Institute of Administrative Science (IIAS), while ALGA was admitted as Corporate member of IASIA since February 2017 by the Boards of this 2 Organizations, based in Belgium (Brussels).

The Conference organized in Partnership with the Peruvian Authorities was attended by 250 participants representing 48 Countries.

The main activities where the Director of ALGA was involved are as following:

  • The Director of ALGA served as the Chair of the Working Group II of IASIA on Ethics and Culture of the Public Sector on Monday 23 July 2018;
  • Presentation of a paper on “Financial Autonomy of Territorial Collectivities in Morocco: Between Achievements and Challenges of Local Self-Government & Subsidiarity”, on 25 July 2018;
  • Presentation during the Working Group IV on “Subnational Governance and Development” on “Empowering and Equipping Local Governments to deal with the SDGs: Roadmap and Progress in Localizing the Global Agendas in Africa on Thursday 26 July, 2018;
  • Participation to the General Assembly of IASIA on Thursday 26 July 2018;
  • Organization of a meeting with the Operators identified to be involved during Africities 8 Summit (20-24 November 2018 , Marrakesh, Moroco) namely the UNDESA, the IISA, the AISIA, and BIPA/MENAPAR. She presented the theme of the Summit, the concept note, the methodology and the conditions required.
  • Dissemination of a large documentation on UCLG Africa, Africities Summit 2018, and ALGA.

Read the full report of the Director of ALGA here.