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Signing of Agreement between UCLG-Afrique, Enda Ecopop, IOPD Africa and Assoal/ School of Governance and the Inter-African Alliance of the Participatory Budgeting

In the continuity of its process of setting up the College of participatory budgeting, the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa signed on June, 1st, 2017, a framework convention of cooperation with ENDA Ecopop, IOPD Africa and Assoal/School of Governance and the Inter-African Alliance of the participatory budgeting.

The Convention was signed respectively on behalf of UCLG Africa by its Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, for Enda Ecopop, IOPD Africa by its Executive Coordinator Mr. Bachir Kanouté, for Assoal/ School of Governance and the Inter-African Alliance of the participatory budgeting, by the President of the Executive board, Mr.  Jules Dumas Nguebou.

The agreement anticipates collaboration in the main areas of the participatory budgeting, including:

-Pedagogical engineering;

-The promotion of the participatory budgeting at local, regional, national, continental and international levels;

-Certification and empowerment;

-The development of the African Network of cities and professionals of the participatory budgeting.

 

View the convention below in French

UCLG Africa’s 10th newsletter is out. Do not miss it!

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, the united voice of local governments of Africa, is happy to share with you the 10th issue of its monthly Newsletter.

The main story of this month issue is the participation of UCLG Africa Secretary General and ALGA Director in 16th Session of the UN-CEPA held in New York at the United Nations Headquarters from April 24th to the 28th, 2017.

You can also discover the latest news of our members from the all regions of Africa as well as the latest activities of our various partners from around the world.

You can sign up for our Newsletter to receive regular updates form Africa’s local governments and cities by adding your email address here.

Click here to find out all the news and stories of our May 2017 issue.

Adoption of the Pedagogical Model of the Participatory Budgeting College of ALGA

The African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa held a workshop at the Hotel Rive (Rabat, Morocco) April 20-21 2017, for the pedagogical preparation of the Participatory Budgeting College.

The meeting, chaired by the Director of ALGA, Dr. Najat Zarrouk, registered the participation of the Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi; representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco; members of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC); representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Finance; representatives from the International University of Rabat (IUR); the Mayor of the municipality of Chefchaouen, Mr. Mohamed Sefiani; Director of ALGA- francophone-zone, Mr. Wahir Justin Somé, and participatory budget experts.

A presentation on participatory budgeting (PB) was made by Mr. Yves Cabannes, Emeritus Professor of Development Planning at Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College, London, defining participatory budgeting as a process which could be used to define the destination of some or all of public resources, Mr. Cabannes shared a number of successful examples since the inception of the concept in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  He pointed out that the advantage of the PB is that on average, it gives tangible results over 2 years. Nearly 2000 to 3000 cities practice PB in the world including cities like Paris, Madrid and Bogota.

Mr. Mamadou Kanoute Bachir, Executive Coordinator of ‘enda-ECOPOP’ referred to examples of training in participatory budgeting in Africa. Cases on the continent increased from 3 cases in 2004 to 53 within 7 countries in 2009 and 347 cases in 23 countries in 2014.  Tunisia has institutionalized the use of PB in its Municipalities.

In Cameroon, the practice was launched in 2004, following the letter of intent for participatory budgeting signed at the Africities 3 Summit 2003 in Yaoundé, presented by Mr. Jules Dumas Nguebou, President of the Inter-African Alliance Participatory Budgeting. PB is now practiced in Cameroon by nearly 95 municipalities that adopted and signed the Charter of the PB in 2014.

In Morocco, there are citizen and gender-sensitive budgets, as well as the open budget. These shared experiences have been made by Mrs. Nadia Benali, Director of the National Center of Excellence for gender-sensitive budgets and Mr. Hassan El Arafi, CEO of the research firm REJJES.

These discussions have allowed experts to develop the pedagogical model of the Participatory Budgeting College of ALGA, which aims to meet the training demands expressed by local actors, estimated to be approximately 5000 per year.

The college will offer short training courses for continuous professional development with the program providing participants with the tools, methods and approaches of participatory democracy and a much more active involvement for African people in the development of budgets of local authorities and the State.

The main objectives of the college are to:

– Enable participants to have a better understanding of local governance and participatory budgeting in the context of decentralization

– Control approaches, methods and tools for the implementation of participatory budgeting

– Analyze and share practices of participatory budgeting in Africa

– Clear perspectives for the operationalization of the PB in their original structure

The first training session, scheduled for 27 June to 07 July 2017 in Dakar, Senegal, will be devoted to French-speaking countries. During this training the program will develop three major themes covering the understanding of PB and its fundamental principles, approaches, practical methods and tools of implementation for the operationalization of PB prospects.

The session will form part of a two weeks residential training program to acquire knowledge and skills with the provision of a pedagogical package with all the documentation and tools needed. At the end of the two weeks there will be an evaluation of the knowledge acquired. After three months, participants will present their personal case studies from the course. These presentations will contribute to the final evaluation of the training.

To achieve this goal, a protocol agreement will be signed between UCLG Africa, ALGA, enda-ECOPOP and ASSOAL.

UCLG AFRICA PREPARES TO LAUNCH THE COLLEGE OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGET OF THE AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACADEMY

As part of the operationalization of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLGAfrica and under the implementation of its Strategic Plan (2017-2021) for training and capacity building for African local authorities and their networks in terms, the Academy will make continuous training one of its priorities through the setting up of a series of Colleges around themes that are crucial for decentralization, local governance and local development.Under these themes, ALGA will launch the College of Participatory Budget.

Read the press release

The African Local Government Academy became a member of The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA)

The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) Board of Management has officially approved the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) as a Member Institution of the IASIA.

 

AISIA is a global Network gathering 181 corporate members, 13 Individual members, representing 81 Countries.

UCLG-Africa has signed 2 Memorandum of Understanding : with IASIA in China (Chengdu) on 23 September 2016, and with its International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA), in Morocco on 21 December 2016.

 

For more information on IASIA, kindly visit its website: www.iasia-aieia@iias-iisa.org

Report on the Study Tour of the Students of Florida International University on the “Contemporary issues of Public Administration, Including at Regional & Local Levels”

From 5 to 10 March 2017, the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), a flagship initiative of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and Florida International University (FIU) in the United States have organized a Study visit to the Kingdom of Morocco for PhD and Master’s students.

This will be the third Study trip organized by FIU for the benefit of its students with the first edition taking place in Bulgaria (2013), the second in the Kingdom of Morocco in 2014, which inspired this 2017 edition in Morocco again.

 

The group of students composed of 11 students (among which 10 women) was under the direction of Professor Allan Rosenbaum, President of the American Society of Public Administration, President of the International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA), Programs Director of the Institute of Public Management and Community Services within FIU, Vice-Pesident of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA).

The full report is available here

The press realease on the event is available here

STUDENTS OF FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY EXPLORE THE CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AT REGIONAL AND LOCAL LEVELS IN AFRICA

From 5 to 10 March 2017, the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), a flagship project of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and Florida International University (FIU) in the United States have organised a study visit to the Kingdom of Morocco for PhD and Master’s students.

This will be the third study trip organised by FIU for the benefit of its students with the first edition taking place in Bulgaria (2013), the second in the Kingdom of Morocco in 2014,  which inspired this 2017 edition in Morocco again.

Read more here

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Third Call for Applications for the Staff of the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA)

In the framework of the operationalization of the African Local Government  Academy (ALGA), the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) has launched two calls for candidacies concerning the Staff of this Academy, which have been able to collect only a limited number of candidates from the Francophone Region of Africa.

Based on its values as a Pan-African Organization serving all the 5 African Regions and in order to continue promoting and anchoring the cultural diversity that characterizes our continent, UCLG Africa decided to launch a third call for application to encourage and attract applications from all of these regions.

This is why, the UCLG-Africa is hiring staff for the following three positions:

  • •Officer in charge of Accreditation, Labelling and Quality Assurance.
  • •Officer in charge of African Local Human Resources Observatory.
  • •Officer in Charge of Training Engineering and Academic Affairs.

For all the needed information about the proposed positions, the missions, the tasks, the required skills,… interested candidates are invited to click on the document here and read it carefully.

 Please note that interested candidates for each position MUST include:

  1. A cover letter, specifying salary expectations; 
  2. A detailed CV;
  3. Certified copies of degrees and work certificates;
  4. Professional references;
  5. And a photo ID. 

 

A candidate can apply to only one of the three positions. 

Applications should be submitted to The Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa(UCLG-Africa) before Sunday 26 March 2017 at the following e-mail addresses: info@uclga.org and najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr or sent to the postal address :  The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), 22, Essaadyine Street, Hassan District, Zip Code 10020, Rabat- Morocco, with the mention in the object “ALGA RECRUITEMENT STAFF”.

Signing of Cooperation & Partnership Agreements between ALGA and its Academic Partners

The African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) will sign cooperation and partnership Agreements with its academic partners. In fact, the signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM, in the International University of Rabat, Amphitheatre 7-Building III, Technopolis, Sala Al Jadida, Morocco.

The signing ceremony will be followed by a conference on the theme “How to Promote Quality and Excellence in Training and Capacity Building for Local Governments?” that Professor Mr. Allan Rosenbaum, President of International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA), will facilitate.

To know more on the signing ceremony and the conference, read the Press Release here.

Call for applications: Assistant to the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) Director

The Pan-African organization, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the representative organization of the African local authorities and the regional chapter of the World organization, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), is looking for an Assistant to its ALGA Director located in its headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

Under the supervision of the African Local Governments Academy Director, the Assistant will have the following functional responsibilities:

1) Provide general support to the Director of ALGA in the exercise of her responsibilities.

2) Prepare and organize the tasks and duties of the Director.

3) Run the work of the secretariat of the ALGA Department.

4) Ensure an interface between the Director, the Anchor Institutes of ALGA, the Regional offices, and the partners of UCLG Africa.

5) Ensure the secretariat of the coordination meetings of the ALGA Director, produce and disseminate the reports under the Director’s responsibility.

6) Carry all other tasks requested by the Director in connection with the activities of the ALGA and of UCLG Africa generally.

The Assistant to the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) Director must demonstrate the following required abilities and skills:

•Good command and use of computers and the usual standard, of the Internet, the social networks and their main applications.

•Excellent communication and good oral and written presentation skills.

•The ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment.

•A sense of initiative and responsibility.

•A strict ethical behavior.

•Networking skills.

•A sense of organization.

In addition, he/she have to:

•Be practical and professional.

•Be willing to learn.

•Be friendly.

•Be willing to travel frequently.

 

The position is open to African candidates who hold at least an undergraduate university degree in Political Science / Law / Economics / International Relations and have at least 3 years of relevant experience. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates must include a cover letter; a detailed CV, certified copies of the degrees; work certificates, professional references and a photo ID to their application file and send it to the addresses mentioned in the Terms of Reference attached here

 

The submission deadline is November 30, 2016, at 17:00 GMT

 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by UCLG Africa.