Centre for Local Governance Studies (CLGS)

The Centre for Local Government Studies (CLGS) is the leading academic center for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management in Somaliland. We enrich the local public service system with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

We draw great strength from our close links with the senior local government gurus including ex Mayors and bureaucrats with practice in local government, Local and International agencies such as the JPLG and other public service agencies, for example the Ministry of Interior.

Our approach is to work closely with key stakeholder groups, including professional associations, central Government departments responsible for municipal affairs as well as individual learners. In addition to that the center expects to carryout Public debate on critical issues facing the local governance system in the country and establish Consultative Group Forums

The objectives of the Training Institute are:

  1. To design institutional capacity building curriculum framework which addresses the identified weaknesses and constraints of Somaliland local governance systems
  2. To provide technical training tailored to different mandate sectors of the local governments
  3. To conduct relevant research and studies geared towards institutional empowerment of the local governments.
  4. To network with regional and global institutions with similar and relevant mandates and functions.

The Scope and Areas of Training Programmes

The Elements of a Local Development Framework

Empowerment

enhancing people’s opportunities and capabilities to make and express choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. People’s capability to participate in local governance and local service delivery is not only determined by individual resource endowments (money, information, skills, etc.) but also the social capital that provides the basis for collective action to address their common concerns;

Local governance

is the way authority is organized, legitimated, and employed by and on behalf of local people through planning, decision-making, and accountability processes. Local governance refers not only to local governments and other public-sector agencies but also to a variety of community and civil society institutions by which people organize to act collectively

Local service provision Systems

including public sector, private sector, non-governmental and community-based organizations; mobilize and manage resources and produce public facilities and services. Some resources for service provision are mobilized locally while others are provided through transfers to local organizations, both governmental and community-based. The mobilization of local revenues to finance local development is an important foundation for sustainable empowerment and governance as well as for service provision;

The enabling environment

for local development includes formal institutions such as laws, policies, and organizational systems as well as informal institutions such as values, norms, and social practices that influence people’s decisions and behavior; and

External support

for local development includes the provision to local actors – including public, nongovernmental and community-based organizations—of resources such as funding, training, technical assistance, and information. Resource transfers to local organizations are common in all countries; in less developed local areas the proportion of such transfers is likely to be greater.

Local Development Impacts

include not only improvements in the social and economic welfare of people, but also the accumulation of local human, social and economic capital.

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