Register to ALGA Colleges for the second part of the year 2019

The African Local Government  Academy  (ALGA) of UCLG Africa announces the launch of 14 Colleges for the second part of the year 2019 (September – December 2019).

These colleges  cover the SDGs, local governance, participatory budget, gender equality, human resources management at local level, territorial coaching, migration, etc.

Consult the table of presentation of the different colleges here.


Call for contribution to the 2nd Issue of the African Local Manager’s Voice

As part of the activities of the Local Africa Network HRnet and the Observatory of Local Human Resources in Africa of UCLG Africa, a call for contribution for the second issue of the “African Local Manager’s Voice”,  is open.

The first issue of the bulletin focused on “The main functions of Human Resources Management at the African Local level: sharing of experience”. 

The theme of this second issue is : “Creating a conducive and attractive environment for the development of the human resources at Local Level in Africa: sharing best practices”.  


WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE?                                    *

The newsletter is mainly open to contributions from African Territorial Managers regardless of their field of activity or professional field. However, in a spirit of openness to the environment of African Territorial Communities and Benchmarking, any other contribution having an added value.

Contributions are expected before 10 October 2019.

More details here

The Secretary General of UCLG-Africa, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, receives the new Coordinator of the PROFADEL International Network, Mr Arnaldo Serna, from Peru

On the occasion of his visit to Morocco, Mr Arnaldo Serna (from Peru), the new Coordinator of the PROFADEL International Network, was received on Thursday 11 July 2019 for a courtesy visit by Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG-Africa.

PROFADEL, an international Network created in 2000, consists of seven institutes of higher education, training and advisory support in the field of territorial development and decentralization. This Network was born out of the crisis in development models and practices, the crisis in citizenship and the need to pool skills and advice to find solutions at the local, national and international levels.

The Network aims to contribute to ensuring that citizens are able to play their part in the changes in their society, both at the level of Civil Society Organizations and the private sector, and in influencing, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public policies.

As a reminder, PROFADEL includes CERSS (Morocco), CIEDEL (France), DELTA-C (Mali), ESCUELA PARA EL DESARROLLO (Peru), FFF Malagazy Mahomby (Madagascar), IRFODEL (Togo) and CCI (Italy).

Mr Serna also had a meeting with the Director of ALGA of UCLG-Africa on the establishment of a partnership and collaboration framework, in the short term, between UCLG-Africa and PROFADEL./.

Training of 28 Mayors, Local Elected Officials and Local Managers on Decentralized Cooperation and International Action of Local Governments

Within the framework of the Partnership between the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG-Africa and the National Capacity Building Programme for Cities Management (PNFMV), signed at the Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech in November 2018, an International Training Session on Decentralized Cooperation and International Action of Local governments was organized from 1st to 5th July 2019 in the Room of acts of the Urban Community of Yaounde, in Cameroon. The official opening of the Session was marked by the welcome speech of the Honorable Emile ANDZE ANDZE, National President of the Communes and United Cities of Cameroon (CVUC), speech by Dr Najat ZARROUK, Director of ALGA of UCLG-Africa, as well as the speech of Mrs. Lydie ESSISSIMA, Representative of H.E. the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development (MINDDEVEL) and Mrs. Marguerite FOUDA OWOUNDI, Representative of H.E. the Minister of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU).
They each in turn stressed the importance and relevance of this theme and the need to support local governments to make decentralized cooperation a real lever for sustainable development. They also welcomed the partnership between UCLG Africa / ALGA and the PNFMV which allowed the realization of the Session.
This first Training Session aimed to strengthen Local governments staff on the issues, concepts, mechanisms and procedures of Decentralized Cooperation and the development of mutually beneficial international partnerships.
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3rd Edition of the Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting the Local Level in Africa 10-14 June 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.“

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International Conference on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Monuments and World Cultural Heritage

Call for Expression of Interest: Training of Trainers on “Life Beyond Tourism” (17 to 21 June 2019, Florence, Italy)

Based on its Constitution and founding values, in particular with regard to respect for human dignity, equality and the promotion of human rights and liberties; respect for the equality of people without discrimination of race or beliefs; the adherence to traditional values of African people, namely compassion, tolerance, peace, solidarity, brotherhood, friendliness and the community of spirit and goals; its Vision, “Governance, Advocacy and Decentralized Development Program for Africa” (GADDEPA), with particular reference to Priority 3 (Human Capital Development, Capacity Building and Intellectual Exchange); and its African Local Government Academy’s (ALGA) activities and offer of training, especially the creation of a college for Tourism, Heritage, and Intercultural Dialogue;

Within the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, especially SDG 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable);

Within the framework of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on August 2017, between UCLG-Africa and the Fondazione ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO and its International Institute of Life Beyond Tourism (II LBT);

Based on the success of the first experience of Training of Trainers organized in 2018, which benefited 10 participants from Africa (as well as 2 from Russia and 1 from Germany), within the framework of the ALGA College on Culture and Heritage1, II LBT and UCLG-Africa, decided and agreed to organize a second Special Intensive Course for Training the Trainers on “Life Beyond Tourism,” from 17 to 21 June 2019, (5 days) in Florence, Italy.

Read more here.
Download the registration form here.

The International Session on Local Leadership Organized by ENDA-Ecopop in partnership with ALGA and CFAD of Tunis

The African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) launched the International Training Session on Local Leadership at the Al Akhawayn University Conference Center on Monday, December 10th, 2018 in Ifrane, Morocco. The launch was created 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. The 5-days training course took place from December 10th – 15th, 2018, as part of the Local Leadership College’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 processes also encourage the greater empowerment of local governments in the management of their own affairs. It is a question of creating a better response to the requirements of economic, social and environmental development by anchoring local governance as the framework for elaboration and execution of plans and projects of development.

Today, elected officials, local managers and other territorial actors and stakeholders are more than ever, challenged to make local governance an effective development lever at the service of the population and citizens. In order to carry out their mission well, decision-makers and stakeholders in charge of the management of their communities, need to have knowledge of legal instruments and an understanding of their roles and competences, and they also need to count on their intrinsic qualities and their leadership to better understand the various options and political orientations of the State enabling them to translate these 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 will focus on the mastery and ownership of the 12 key competencies of stakeholders 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 with the attributes and skills of leadership, 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 is divided into lectures, practical exercises and role-plays. Participants will also benefit from support to develop an action plan based on 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 discover a part of the heritage and culture of the city of Fez.

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

Presentation of MOOC-ALGA on planning for climate change in African cities at COP23

Within the framework of the training offer from UCLG Africa’s African Local Government Academy (ALGA), a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on planning for climate change in African cities was launched in September 2017.


The side-event on the presentation of MOOC was organized at COP23 with partners: IHS (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Coursera and ENERGIES 2050.

The C.06 pavilion of ENERGIES 2050 / UCLG Africa located within the Bonn Zone hosted the event on November 13, 2017. Discussions highlighted four key ideas.

“The planning for African cities must be consistent with a number of principles that have been set up, notably by UN Habitat. It must be inclusive, must not leave anyone on the sidelines and must integrate the youth and the resilience aspect,” explained Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of ALGA.

Panelists underscored the fact that urban planning must integrate climate change on a practical level by equipping this planning with mechanisms for implementation, monitoring and evaluation. To achieve this goal, the training component is essential. “This requires building up capacities and support, including in the fields of funding and methods,” said Dr. Zarrouk.


For Marcus Mayr of UN-Habitat, the younger generation should be motivated to work on climate change and equipped with tools because they are the ones, “who have to address climate change in the future.”

In his presentation on MOOC, Dr. Stelios Grafakos, Researcher at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), highlighted the relevance of the training, which presents practical cases of cities in some African countries (Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa). “This tool can reach out to a wide audience, we already have 100 people who have followed faithfully the course and 98% of the participants like the course and have left positive feedbacks,” declared Dr. Stelios.

Ms. Fatimetou Ben Abdelmalick, Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina (Mauritania), a member of the Panel, appreciated the launch of MOOC, which she called very timely and appropriate.  “I come from a local government that has a lot of vulnerabilities in the face of global warming. To cope, we adopt participatory approaches to involve all segments of this local government, the youth, the women and the schoolchildren to build together resilience,” explained the vice president of REFELA. Sometimes we do not have a good grasp of the difference between most of the concepts (vulnerability, resilience, etc.), which are new to people. The training comes at the right time to build people in order to guide them and make them resilient. I acknowledge that it is important for our engineering departments to take part in this training in order to build up their capacities to meet the needs of the people,” insisted Ms. Abdelmalick.

Stephane Pouffary, President of ENERGIES 2050, emphasized that, “The challenge is to make these training courses and tools a means to make decisions and implement climate actions in the field. The principle of an open MOOC is an excellent idea and UCLG Africa is the political arm of implementation at the level of local governments on the continent. UCLG Africa has the means to act, as the organization has already set up professional networks of Chief Technical Officers of Cities and Territories of Africa (Africa TechNet), Chief Financial Officers (Africa Finet), CEOs of the cities and sub-regions of Africa (Africa MagNet).”

Professor Andy Gouldson (Professor at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom), highlighted the example of Kigali and its carbon emission reduction strategy, which will be the subject of a course in MOOC.

At the time of assessment, Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of ALGA recalled, “Through this side-event, we have come to share a training offer, the way for us at UCLG Africa to support the implementation of the ‘Climate Agenda, especially through training, capacity building, networking and support for local and regional governments.”

Brief presentation of MOOC

The MOOC on Planning for Climate Change in African Cities lasts 5 weeks and has 5 modules: Introductory Course on Climate Change and Cities • Defining and Assessing Urban Risks and Vulnerabilities • Adapting to Climate Change and Resilience • Planning for climate change • Decision making analysis for climate change.

At the end of this course, the beneficiaries should be able to: • Identify the effects, impact and factors of climate change in cities • Understand the factors of urban risks and vulnerability in the context of climate change • Distinguish the typologies, approaches and tensions of adaptation to climate change • Explain the different approaches and stages in climate change planning • Review decision making support tools as well as the methods for assessing climate change • Develop a climate change plan based on the context of the cities from which the beneficiaries of the training come.

Please view the introductory video to MOOC:


Please view the presentation sheet from MOOC

Call for Expression of Interest for Selecting Participants to Take Part in the Special Intensive Course Training of Trainers organized by the International Institute Life Beyond Tourism of the Fondazione ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO, Florence, Italy on “LIFE

Within the framework of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on August 2017, between UCLG-Africa and the Fondazione ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO and its International Institute of Life Beyond Tourism (II LBT); UCLG-Africa and II LBT decided and agreed to organize a Special Intensive Course Training of Trainers on “Life Beyond Tourism”, from 12 to 15 February 2018 (4 days) in Florence, Italy.


To achieved this goal, a call for expression of interest is launched and implement on behalf of UCLG Africa by its African Local Government Academy (ALGA).  It falls within the framework of the ALGA activities and offer of training, especially the creation of a College on Tourism, Heritage, and Intercultural Dialogue ; , in the process of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the SDG 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

The purpose of this initiative is to train participants on how to master the “Life Beyond Tourism” Model, and once back home, they can disseminate this Model as well as to implement directly on site and get updating periodically.

The intensive Life Beyond Tourism Training of Trainers course represents a 4 days (30 hours) high-level professional preparation for education, tourism and heritage professionals willing to upgrade their specialization with the fundamentals of the philosophy and movement Life Beyond Tourism®. This course is delivered in English as a first step.

The participants benefit from a special rate (200 Euros per person instead of 1.175 Euros).

Costs to be borne by participants in the Training course:

– International travel cost (round trip travel to Florence, Italy), accommodations, daily subsistence allowance, and transport inside Florence;

– Any insurance associated with travel, hospital, and medical care that participants may need while participating in the training must be borne by participants or their Institution;

– Visa application (UCLG-Africa and its Partner will make sure to facilitate this process).

Applicants need to submit :

– A detailed Curriculum vitae and picture;

– A brief presentation of the organization;

– Contact information (full name and address, country, telephone numbers, email address, website (if any) and contact person;

– Official letter of authorization from the hierarchy of the participant (in the case of employees and civil servants).

The Expression of Interest must be submitted in electronic format to UCLGAfrica, ALGA no later than   05 February 2018 to the following email addresses:

– Mrs. Lova RAMILIJAONA, Officer in charge of Pedagogical and Academic Affairs E-mail:

– Ms. Wafae BOUMAAZ, Officer in charge of Studies: E-mail:

– With a copy to Dr. Najat ZARROUK, Director of ALGA E-mail:

Please note that UCLG-Africa/ ALGA will only contact those selected for the final process.

Read the full Call for Expression of Interest below