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.

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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

ALGA commits to the promotion of Human Rights

The African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa plans to integrate the issue of human rights in its training for local authorities. To this end, the director of ALGA, Dr. Najat Zarrouk, visited Austria last month, August 16-18, at the invitation of the Honorable Mayor of the City of Graz, Mr. Siegfried Nagl, and Dr. Klaus Starl, executive director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC), based in Graz and specializing in human rights training where discussion surrounded the definition and framework for cooperation and partnership between the city of Graz, ETC and ALGA.

Graz, the second largest city after Vienna, is a city committed to human rights. It has been classified as the first human rights city in Europe, and since 2007 it has incorporated a human rights advisory council as a permanent institution within the municipality. It has adopted a declaration on inter-religious dialogue and created a human rights prize at the local level, the Graz Human Rights Award, awarded each year by the University of Graz.

ETC (, as a Centre for education, training, research and consulting, is dedicated to the promotion of human rights. It supports a number of initiatives of Graz, including the city of human rights; the Human Rights Advisory Council; the publication of the Graz Human Rights report (Focusing on human rights at local and regional level, June 2017, edited by Simone, Philipp and Klaus Starl); a platform dedicated to young people; the “Know your Rights” Program; and the European Coalition of Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Intolerance (ECCaR). It also conducts legal research and analysis on human rights and non-discrimination.

The three entities, City of Graz, ETC and ALGA, are committed to the forthcoming signing of a memorandum of understanding, cooperation and partnership around the project entitled, ‘Promoting human rights, democracy and diversity at the regional level and through the training and capacity building of the local authorities and other relevant stakeholders.’ Implementation of the project is scheduled for 2018 to 2021 and will be an integral part of the current decentralization agenda; the new Vision of the African Union 2063; and the African Charter of decentralization, local governance and local development (2014).


This partnership will enable ALGA to benefit from the expertise, initiatives, training and tools developed by both the city of Graz and ETC for the integration of human rights at the regional and local level. Partnership activities will be prepared, particularly for the Africities 2018 summit, to support the executive Masters programme and a college that will be dedicated to the promotion and integration of human rights, democracy and diversity at the regional and local level.

1st Forum of Local Managers and Training Institutes Targeting the Local Level

In partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM), the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC), the International University of Rabat (UIR); and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is organizing within the framework of its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), the first Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes dedicated to the capacity building of Local Governments in Africa. This event falls within the celebration of the 2017 World Public Service Day,  held every year on 23 June.


The Forum will be organized from 18 to 21 September 2017 at UIR. Its theme is “Human resources of African Local Governments: The time to act … is now!”

The Forum which enjoys the support and partnership of several African and International Partners, including the Commission of the European Union, will take place at the Campus of the International University of Rabat, within the Technopolis of Salé, starting on 18 September 2017, from 8:30 am.

Africa is urbanizing at a rapid pace. Experts have estimated that in the next 15 years the continent will have 1.2 billion city-dwellers, the equivalent of the current population of Africa, 3 times the one of United States, and 4 times the one of the European Union. It is a major upheaval of the continent’s population, which entails both opportunities and risks. If well-managed, urbanization can be a powerful lever for sustainable development. If poorly managed, it will precipitate the majority of people into the poverty trap which will be extremely difficult for the countries to come out from.

To take advantage of the opportunities offered by the dynamics of urbanization and minimize its negative impacts, the experts have predicted that Africa has a window of opportunity for environmental action for about ten years, beyond which the capacity to control urbanization would become erratic. In any case, it is this sense of urgency which inspired the adoption by the United Nations in New York in September 2015, of  Sustainable Development Goal 11 within the framework of Agenda 2030, as well as the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, at the end of the Habitat III Conference in October 2016 and finally the Climate Change Agenda.

The time to act is now, with an urgency to work towards the training, capacity building and professionalism of the leaders and staff of the territorial administrations who are on the front line in the management of urbanization in Africa. The poor qualification levels of human resources for the cities and territories of Africa does not create conducive conditions for them to be able to effectively plan and manage urban development. Most of the cities of the Continent, notably the secondary cities and the small towns, do not benefit sufficiently from their potential for growth and development, largely due to the inadequate capacity of their local governments. Whereas, these cities account for, today, 2/3 of the urban population, and some of them will be emerging as metropolitan cities in the near future. If they are left in their present state, these administrations will not be able to meet the increasing expectations of the people in terms of job creation and access to services, which further risks increasing the lack of confidence between the people and the public authorities, indeed even develop a feeling of distrust vis-à-vis the authority, a situation that could turn out to be uncontrollable.

The Forum offers the opportunity to ascertain the extent of the challenge, and brings together the first concerned, namely the officials and managers of local governments and the officials of the training institutions who currently offer courses for the benefit of local governments. The event will also be used to address issues related to the prospects of decentralization in the African context, the funding of training dedicated to local governments, and the development of networking among the managers of territorial administrations in African countries, including the integration of these African networks into the international networks of professionals of local administrations.

The Forum will bring together at least 300 participants from 43 African countries, including Ministers of Decentralization and Local Governance, Presidents of National Associations of Local Governments, Mayors, Local Elected Officials / Managers of Local Governments, Presidents and Directors of Training Institutions, Heads of professional networks of local administrations as well as experts in Local Governance.

The opening ceremony of the Forum will be presided over officially by His Excellency Abdelouafi LAFTIT, Minister of Home Security of the Kingdom of Morocco, in the presence of:

  • His Excellency Mr. Mohamed BEN ABDELKADER, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of the Reform of Administration and Civil Service, Morocco;
  • His Excellency Mr. DASSIGLI Zinsou Barnabe, Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin, Current Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee (STS) No. 8 on Public Service, Urban Development and Human Settlements, Decentralization and Local Government of the Commission of the African Union;
  • The Representative of His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Othman ALTWAIJRI, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) ;
  • Mr. Cheikh Ould Ahmed Ould BAYA, President of the Association of Mayors of Mauritania, Vice-President of UCLG-Africa for the Region of Northern Africa;
  • Mr. Mohand LAENSER, President of the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM);
  • Mr. Mohamed BOUDRA, President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC).


For further information on the event, please see the aide-memoire available below



To contact the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), please contact:

Dr Najat Zakaria, Director of ALGA


Ms. Wafae Boumaaz, assistant to the director of ALGA