The Commonwealth Local Government Conference (CLGC2023) is a key event in the international local government calendar,normally held every two years. The CLGC2023 is being delivered in partnership with the Government of Rwanda Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) and the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA).

The event is unique in bringing together a range of local government stakeholders from across government and other sectors: including mayors, local government leaders, ministers, senior officials from local and central government, representatives from national and regional associations of local government, the private sector, development partners, civil society, academic, research and professional organisations. Speakers and participants will include senior politicians and leaders, practitioners and experts in their field.

This is the event for you if you are a decision-maker or practitioner, involved in the provision of local government services from all perspectives: policy development, planning and implementation. You will have the opportunity to hear the latest policy and research ideas, and share best practices and experiences. The event is structured in such a way that this can be done in formal plenary and panel sessions and, also, via working groups, capacity development sessions and informal networking. You will be able to listen to the most experienced people in the sector from across the Commonwealth and explore future innovation and priorities. The conference also provides an opportunity to contribute to the policy, feeding into CLGF’s work programme, and to the wider Commonwealth dialogue on sustainable development, including via the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2024.

The theme: Building local resilience across the Commonwealth seeks to explore how local government can be better prepared for current and future challenges and ensuring sustainable development for all. Discussions will focus on all aspects of resilience, the importance of local democracy, fiscal resilience, and the role of local government in addressing local, national and global threats, including achieving the SDGs. We will hear from experts and practitioners on key themes including climate change, managing rapid urbanisation, pandemics, ensuring local economic development and achieving the UN sustainable development goals. Outcomes will focus on highlighting key actions to build more resilient communities at all levels, including strengthening local government’s role as key partners in the multi-lateral system.

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14th -17th Nov


Kigali Convention Centre