Local First

“Local First is a development approach that looks first for the capacity within countries before bringing in external expertise and resources, recognizes that much of this capacity is found outside central government, and understands that local people need to lead their own development. “It’s hard to imagine a simpler or more commonsense idea.” —Carolyn Hayman,…

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)

Through conferences and events, programs and projects, and research and information, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth nations while also encouraging the exchange of best practice. Working with national and local governments, CLGF supports the development of democratic values and good local governance. The CLGF…