Annual Update 2021 VNG International


Building More

Effective Public


by strengthening DEMOCRATIC

local government

What makes people satisfied about their local government? The answer is easy: make sure public services like waste collection and the provision of drinking water are functioning and well-maintained, at an affordable price. If people need official documents, make sure they can get them close to where they live, without corruption or long waiting times. And, rightly so, people want a say in decisions that impact their living environment. They want it to be clean, safe and pleasant.


How to make that a reality, is less easy. Well-defined inter-governmental interfaces are needed, including inter-governmental financial relations that match the division of responsibilities; local councillors who understand their role, and staff who have the skills and attitude to perform; local taxation is crucial for sustained service provision, but also requires accountability and a well-functioning civil registry and land/property registration. This is just a selection from the many issues that we address in our projects in this area of expertise.




Recent / Ongoing Projects


Algeria, Shiraka-Initiative for Effective, Inclusive and Prosperous Municipalities

01-10-2019 / 31-12-2020

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Algeria

consortium PARTNER(S): The Hague Academy for local governance (THA); CILG-VNG International



Egypt, Technical Assistance to the Integrated and Sustainable Community Development Programme

12-02-2015 / 15-12-2020

donor: European Investment Bank (EIB)

consortium PARTNER(S): Sweco Danmark A/S; Eptisa Internacional; Chemonics Egypt Consultants



Ethiopia, Uniting Local Government in Ethiopia (ULGE)

10-12-2020 / 09-12-2024

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia



Ghana, Tax for Development

01-11-2017 / 31-12-2022

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

consortium PARTNER(S): MAPLE Consult Ghana



Ghana, Technical Assistance to the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation

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23-10-2018 / 22-12-2020

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

consortium PARTNER(S): MAPLE Consult Ghana



Morocco, HAKAMA, Public Administration Reform

01-09-2017 / 31-08-2020

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Morocco

consortium PARTNER(S): GFA Management GmbH; DMI Associates; Thalys Conseil




Myanmar, Municipal Accountability, Governance and Inclusive Communities in Chin State and Tanintharyi Region (MAGIC)

01-03-2018 / 28-02-2022

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar

consortium PARTNER(S): Loka Ahlinn Social Development Network (LASDN); Chin State



Netherlands, China-Knowledge Network for Dutch Municipalities

01-02-2020 / 30-06-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands



Netherlands, Policy Advice to Dutch Municipalities on International Cooperation

01-01-2020 / 31-12-2020

donor: Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)



Palestinian Territories, Decentralisation of Property Tax

01-08-2018 / 31-12-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands



South Africa, Technical Assistance for the National School of Government

06-06-2019 / 05-06-2021

donor: Delegation of the European Union to South Africa

consortium PARTNER(S): Human Dynamics; Ecorys Nederland B.V.; The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration



Tunisia, Support to the Process of Decentralisation and Deconcentration

03-10-2019 / 02-10-2022

donor: European Commission (EuropeAid)

consortium PARTNER(S): SKL International AB; GFA Management GmbH; CILG-VNG International



Turkey, Technical Assistance for Town Twinning between Turkey and the EU

06-04-2018 / 05-12-2020

donor: Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) Turkey

consortium PARTNER(S): WYG Turkey; Project Group Turkey



Ukraine, Democratic Governance East Activity

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28-02-2019 / 30-09-2023

donor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

consortium PARTNER(S): Chemonics; Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development



World, Secretariat of the UCLG CIB Working Group 2020

01-01-2020 / 31-12-2020

donor: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM); VNG International; Barcelona City Council; Generalitat de Catalunya; United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) (through EC and Sida grants)



Zimbabwe, Local Authority Capacity Enhancement Project II

01-03-2018 / 31-08-2021

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe