The JMDI builds on existing networks of local and regional authorities in order to draw on local authorities’ experience in helping migrants getting involved in the initiatives implemented in both their countries of origin and destination. The listed networks will help you to identify examples of cities and regions that are committed to making migration work for local development.

Network

Africa

The UCLGA is the umbrella organization and the united voice and representative of local governments in Africa. It was established through the unification of the three pre-existing continental groupings of local governments, namely the African Union of Local Authorities (AULA), the Union des Villes Africaines (UVA) and the Africa Chapter of the Unao dos Ciudades y Capitaes Lusofono Africana, (UCCLA). It is an institution that brings together 40 national associations of local governments from all regions of Africa as well as the 2000 cities that have more than 100.000 inhabitants. Therefore UCLGA represents nearly 350 million African citizens. UCLGA is a founding member of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) world organization, and its regional section for Africa. UCLGA currently has its headquarters in the City of Rabat, Morocco, where it enjoys diplomatic status as a Pan-African International Organization.

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Asia and the Pacific

UCLG-MEWA is an association of local governments.

The vision  of UCLG-MEWA, in parallel to the World Organization (UCLG) is:

To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community. 

The mission of UCLG-MEWA is:

  • To promote strong and effective democratic local self-government throughout the region;
  • To promote unity and cooperation amongst members;
  • To ensure the effective political representation of local government to the international community, in particular the United Nations and its agencies;
  • To be the regional and worldwide source of key information and intelligence regarding local government;
  • To be the regional and worldwide source of learning, exchange and capacity-building, supporting the establishment and strengthening of free and autonomous local governments and their national associations;
  • To promote economic, social, cultural, vocational and environmental development and service to the population based on the principles of good governance, sustainability and social inclusion;
  • To promote race and gender equality, and to combat all forms of discrimination that are illegal with regard to international law, and/or illegitimate in relation to the values and policies of the organization;
  • To be a strong democratic organization, reflecting in its composition and functioning the diversity of the local spheres of governance;
  • To promote decentralized cooperation and international cooperation between local governments and their associations;
  • To promote twinning and partnerships as a means for mutual learning and friendship between peoples;
  • To develop policies, programmes and initiatives within the framework of the World Organization’s mission, values and objectives, which imply seeking appropriate means to implement them, within the internal rules of the organization.
Contact:
Adrien Licha
a.licha [at] uclg-mewa.org
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Botswana

BALA was established in 1983 to promote unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among Local Authorities in Botswana. The Association consists of Councillors and Chief Executives of Councils, as well as Councils themselves as Corporate Members. The over-riding objective of BALA's establishment is to contribute towards a strong, democratic and developed local government in Botswana.

Contact information:

Address : Plot 1277, Old Lobatse Road, Clover House, Office 5, Industrial, Gaborone

Phone : (+267) 3912063

Email : kmoletsane@bala.org.bw

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Burkina Faso

Association of Local Authorities of Burkina Faso was created in 1995

Contact information

Address : 70, Rond Point 6.30 Cité An II Ouagadougou 01 BP 6203 Ouagadougou 01 Burkina Faso

Phone : (226) 50 38 23 27/28

Email : ambf@fasonet.bf

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Cameroon

Created in 2003 following the merger of the two former Councils associations, the United Councils and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC) brings together all the Cameroonian councils. It is comprised of groups of Councils by centre of interest such as: the Association of Forest Councils, the Association of Mountain Councils, the Coastal Association etc. The UCCC is striving to become an efficient organisation, which contributes to consolidating decentralization and becomes an advisory organ of the institutional framework of decentralization and local development.

Contact

Address: Rue 1771 Bastos - BP 12634 - Yaoundé

Phone : 22 20 16 83

Email : info@cvuc-uccc.org

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Cape Verde

France

Association bringing together French local authorities involved in international and decentralized cooperation. Migration and co-development is one of its main themes. The association recognizes the pivotal role that migrants play in the development of their country of origin. Cités Unies France facilitates decentralized cooperation partnerships between French local authorities and their counterparts in the south.

Contact:
Virginie Rouquette
v.rouquette [at] cites-unies-france.org
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Mali

The Association of Municipalities of Mali (AMM) acts as the umbrella organization for the 703 counties of the country including the Town Hall for the District of Bamako which has a special statute. It was created in November, 2000, and replaced the Association of Town Halls of Mali, which represented the then 19 urban regions from 1993 to 2000. The main objective of AMM is to “participate in safeguarding the free administration of local governments and to strengthen local democracy”. Under this framework, AMM became adapted to the new political and administrative context of active and integral decentralization which began in June, 1999.

Contact:
Boubacar Dicko
b.dicko [at] gmail.com
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Niger

Contact information:

Address : Association des Municipalités du Niger BP 258, Niamey (Niger)

Phone : +227 21 79 03 02

Email : amn@intnet.ne

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Rwanda

The Rwandan Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) is an organization that brings together local governments in Rwanda. It has derived its reason for existence from the decentralization process, which is meant to transfer authority, resources, responsibility and accountability from Central to Local Government. This objective is frames in the context of promoting good political and economic governance as formulated in the long term country’s vision 2020. Although its establishment goes back to 2002, RALGA was inaugurated and officially launched in 2003.

Contact information

Address : Kicukiro District - Masaka Sector P.O. Box 7249 Kigali

Phone : +250 (0)788309471

Email : info@ralgarwanda.org

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Senegal

Contact information:

Address : Maison des Elus Locaux 31, rue Carnot Place de l'Indépendance BP 3866 Dakar RP SENEGAL

Phone : +221 33 842 66 95

Email : mairesdusenegal@yahoo.fr

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South Africa

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is an autonomous association of municipalities with its mandate derived from the 2006 constitution of the Republic of South Africa. This mandate defines SALGA as the voice and sole representative of local government. SALGA interfaces with parliament, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) cabinet as well as provincial legislatures. The association is a unitary body with a membership of 278 municipalities and has its national office based in Pretoria and offices in all nine provinces.

Contact information:

Address : Menlyn Corporate Park Block B 175 Corobay Avenue Cnr Garsfontein and Corobay Waterkloof Glen ext11 Pretoria

Phone : (012) 369 8000

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Southern Africa

The Municipal Development Partnership (MDP) was launched in May 1991 to improve the capacity of local governments and support the process of decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Programme has two regional offices: the Western and Central African office in Cotonou, Benin and the Eastern and Southern African office in Harare, Zimbabwe. Both units collaborate closely but maintain separate regional offices in order to increase administrative flexibility and respond to different local government modalities in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. Each unit has a Board of Directors composed of Mayors, Town Clerks and local government practitioners and representatives of donor agencies.

Contact:
Mr. George W. Matovu (Regional Director)
gmatovu [at] mdpafrica.org.zw
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Tanzania (United Republic of)

The Association of Local Government Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT) is the national local government association whose role is promoting and sustaining the goals and ideals of decentralization. The association was established on 13th December, 1984, following the re-establishment of the Local Government System which had been abolished in 1972. The goals of ALAT are to foster and promote smooth Local Government development in Tanzania; to maintain and further the rights, interests and values of Local Government Authorities and to represent the Local Government Authorities of Tanzania in the International Union of Local Authorities and other international fora.

Contact information:

Address: The Secretary General Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT) P.O. Box 7912 Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Phone: +255 22 2181183

Email: alat_tz@yahoo.com

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Uganda

The Uganda Local Governments’ Association (ULGA) is the National Association of Local Governments of Uganda. It is a private, non-governmental, voluntary and non-profit entity. ULGA was established as the Uganda Local Authorities Association (ULAA) in 1994. This was at a time when central Government had started the Decentralization Policy and was in process of drafting the new Constitution of 1995.

Contact information:

Address: ULGA HOUSE Kibuga, Block 13, Plot 136 Najjanankumbi, Entebbe Road P.O.BOX 23120, Kampala, Uganda

Phone:+256(0)414-347575

Email: secretariat@ulga.org

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