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The project asks how the traditional/tribal authorities engaged in local governance in Libya, Mali, and Niger, where statehood is limited, build and maintain legitimacy. By doing so, the project focuses on how these authorities can be constructively involved in stabilisation processes and what that would require in terms of engagement by the international community. The research thus aims to inform (inter)national interventions in these countries on the consequences for supporting (formal) local government by producing practical recommendations.

The Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group aims to advance the effectiveness and quality of international policies and programs of local and regional governments and their associations. The CIB achieves its purpose by exchanging knowledge and information, enabling coordination and cooperation among its members and within UCLG.<br />
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The priorities of CIB for 2018-2020 are: <br />

The general scope for the Prize is to reward innovative activities and initiatives that support conflict prevention, peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.<br />

1. CIB Working Group goal and objectives<br />

Despite global progress in fighting poverty there are problems of inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, conflict, migration and refugee flows. The need has never been greater to develop to balance prosperity with social well-being and environmental protection. Several international conferences in 2015 set out new global agendas to deal with these challenges. There is global recognition that local governments have a significant role in implementing the agreed agendas with other state and non-state organisations.<br />

The Department Climate, Energy, Environment and Water (DME) of the Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses external expertise in the field of climate, energy, environment, water (including drinking water, sanitation and integrated water), raw materials and food security. Themes such as sustainability (people, planet, profit), international public goods and gender are an integral part of these policy areas. The Facility for the Deployment of External Facility has been established to meet this request for external expertise.

1. CIB Working Group goal and objectives
The Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group is a technical platform within the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) for professionals of local government associations (LGAs) and local governments (LG) with substantive programmes in development cooperation.

2. Main objectives and priorities of the CIB Working Group in 2016

IDEAL (Inclusive Decisions At Local Level) is a programme by VNG International implemented in seven countries facing fragility or conflict: Burundi, Mali, Palestine, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. Despite the diverging contexts and topics in the IDEAL programme, we still pursue one common overall objective: “Involving citizens in local governance in order for local authorities to better deal with fragility risks.

To guard this objective, each of the seven country programmes is centred around the same three outcomes:

Local governments in developing countries play an increasing role in stimulating and facilitating economic and social development. Not only are citizens demanding better government services; central governments are delegating ever more tasks to local governments' duties. One can think of clean streets, clean drinking water, working sewers, a valid title deed registration system, support in setting up businesses. Local administrators are not always well equipped to properly fulfil this role. <br />
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