Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)
The CLGF works to promote and strengthen democratic local government throughout the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of good practice in local government structures and services.
CLGF is based in London with regional project offices in the Pacific, India and South Africa. It works through its 170 members in 40 Commonwealth countries, particularly the national local government associations, ministries dealing with local government, individual local authorities, and regional and international partners. It brings together practitioners from all spheres of government who are involved in local government to pool experiences and share good practice.
Its members include local councils and municipalities, local government associations and ministries of local government. Trade unions, training and research institutions and professional or employers’ associations are welcome as associate members.
CLGF Headquarters, 16a Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP, UK
Pacific Regional Office, GPO Box 159, Suva, Fiji Islands
Tel: +679 330 0257 | Fax: +679 330 2729 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Mayor Zenaida Moya-Flowers (Mayor, Belize City Council); Vice-Chairpersons: Mayor Amos Masondo (President, South African Local Government Association), the Hon Adolf Mwesige (Minister of Local Government, Uganda); Secretary-General: Carl Wright; Deputy Secretary-General: Lucy Slack; Director of Communications: Sue Rhodes; Regional Project Manager (Pacific): Karibaiti Taoaba; Project Officer (India): Anuya Kuwar; Project Officer (Southern Africa): Nyasha Simbanegavi
CLGF encourages local democracy through local election support and monitoring, exchange of experience and good practice, technical projects and partnerships to strengthen local government capacity and implement the Commonwealth principles on good practice for local democracy and good governance, and knowledge sharing on innovations and good practice in local government. It organises symposiums and workshops on democracy and local government issues in all regions of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme funds technical cooperation partnerships between local authorities.
CLGF is the voice for local government in the Commonwealth, advocating decentralisation and good local governance and the role of local government in tackling poverty, delivering the MDGs and other global issues at key Commonwealth and international forums.
The Forum holds the biennial Commonwealth Local Government Conference.