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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 ( office@etc-graz.at), 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

Email: najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr

Ms. Wafae Boumaaz, assistant to the director of ALGA

Email: wafaeboumaaz@hotmail.com

UCLG Africa and ALGA invite you to register for the annual meeting of the UCLG Capacity and Institution Building Working Group (CIB) in eThekwini

This year, the annual meeting of the UCLG Capacity and Institution Building Working Group (CIB) is hosted by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and will take place in the city of eThekwini on 26 to 28 September 2017.

The CIB will be organized in close partnership between UCLGSALGA, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) /African Local Government Academy (ALGA), Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International), Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Ajuntament de Barcelona.

This year’s CIB annual meeting is the first meeting to take place on the African continent and the participation of many African Local Government Associations (LGAs) is expected. UCLG Africa and its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) is inviting their members to register at this important event.

The meeting will gather directors and managers of international departments from the various associations of local governments and cities. There will be interesting keynote speakers and a diversity of panels and breakout sessions on new developments in development cooperation, project management and at the level of the donor community. The Draft of the Agenda is available here (PDF).

Registration

The registration form must be received before 15th August. Please make sure to register by filling out the form available here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1t-8bu0wExwiITsnhGE3XKTydlZwHJT00LnTGqS1W8Ck/viewform?edit_requested=true&edit_requested=true 

Information about hotel reservations can be found in the registration pack. Should you require any additional (logistical) information, please don’t hesitate to contact uclg.cib@vng.nl

For more information about the event please visit the website: http://www.cib-uclg.org/

SDG 16 at the heart of the study trip of the students of the American University in Cairo/School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (AUC/GAPP) in Morocco

From 11 to 18 July 2017, the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the Pan African Organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the American University in Cairo/School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (AUC / GAPP) of Egypt will organize the first study trip to the Kingdom of Morocco for the students of this University.

The theme chosen for this trip is “The main stakeholders and institutions involved in the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies: the experience of the Kingdom of Morocco.” A choice that fits in with the framework of UCLG Africa’s support for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 16: “Promoting the advent of peaceful and open societies for the purposes of sustainable development, ensuring the access of all to justice, and establishing at all levels effective, accountable and open institutions.”

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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.

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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