Building Capacity of SIDS for Local Economic Development in Kiribati, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands
Local economic development, governance, capacity building
CLGF, LED consultants, LGA and Local Authorities of participating countries together with members of the wards who are going to implement the project.
Small Islands in the Pacific face daunting challenges posed by their small size, narrow production and export bases, limited resources and capacity constraints. These challenges are exacerbated by climate change, urbanisation and now COVID 19. To get out of poverty and hardship people are looking for local solutions to generate economic activities in order to improve standard of living. The overall objective of the project is to create and increase the sustainability of local economic development at the local level through the strengthening of LGAs and Local Authorities and supporting their interaction with communities. The project was designed to build the capacities of small island states for local economic development. It involves an action learning program delivered in each participating country plus providing some mentoring for project implementation. The action learning program provided opportunities for local experts in the country to address issues regarding local economic development and provided tools for assessing local economic development opportunities. Click here to find out more about the project.
RELEVANCE TO THE CALL TO ACTION ON SUSTAINABLE URBANISATION ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH
These examples have been chosen because of their relevance to the Call to Action, as shown by the direct quotes provided below. To view the Call to Action click here.
- “Cities and human settlements are responsible for ensuring delivery of essential services including water, sanitation, healthcare, education, public transport, and housing, upon which their citizens depend.”
- “Sustainable urbanisation requires a commitment to good governance, integrated planning, effective service delivery together with fiscal and political empowerment.”
- “Sustainable urbanisation demands collective action – genuine multi-level governance – to empower, enable and support cities and their citizens.“
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Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF): https://www.clgf.org.uk/