VNG International is the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities. We support decentralisation processes and facilitate decentralised cooperation. The organization strengthens local governments, their associations, training institutes and decentralisation task forces both in developing countries and in countries in transition. We develop high quality services such as benchmarks for local governments all over the world.
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On the 8th of June, we were back in Zimbabwe for the Final Conference of the Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project. As we stand at the end of 30 months of implementation, we assembled all 92 Local Authorities (LA) of Zimbabwe for colleague to colleague exchange of knowledge and experiences gained through the project by all 13 Beneficiary Local Authorities. In the presence of the two responsible minsters of Local Government and of Rural Development, our 13 LAs were able to present their achievements. What can the other 79 LAs learn from them?
The very first knowledge exchange facilitated by CONNECT is a fact. From the 15th until the 19th of May, all local stakeholders active in the field of environmental health and sanitation were invited to participate in a five-day knowledge exchange between Agona West and the municipality of Almere, The Netherlands. This resulted in a total of 40 participants, including environmental health officers, employees of various NGOs, as well as representatives from the local waste collection company (Zoomlion Ghana).
Jordan: Intern. municipal assistance to Al Zaa'tari refugee camp & local governments Al Mafraq Governorate