|Title||Municipal Partners for Economic Development|
|Maximum CIDA Contribution||$ 18,603,598|
|Executing Agency - Partner||Federation of Canadian Municipalities|
|Start - End||2010 - 2015|
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (015112): 45%
Democratic participation and civil society (015150): 5%
Private sector development
Business support services and institutions (025010): 40%
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (032130): 5%
Environmental policy and administrative management (041010): 5%
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) project aims to enhance sustainable and equitable economic growth in selected developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its specific purpose is to support local governments and local government associations (LGAs) in these countries to enable them to provide more effective services that advance sustainable and equitable local economic development.
The FCM co-manages the project with the seven national LGAs. Technical assistance is provided to LGAs to increase their capacity for policy development and political representation, so that national legislation, regulations and policies are supportive of an increased local government role in economic development. As well, technical assistance supports their efforts to establish training and knowledge-sharing programs on sustainable and equitable economic development.
The project concentrates on key areas important to local governments’ ability to provide an efficient and attractive operating environment for both large and small-scale businesses. Up to 15 demonstration projects are undertaken in selected local governments of the seven target countries. Up to three local governments are involved in each demonstration project for a total of up to 45 local governments directly benefitting from the program. These projects focus on: (a) local economic governance, including political leadership (men, women and youth leaders), business development advocacy, local economic development planning, and business and community engagement; (b) municipal services to businesses; and (c) revenue generation, and access to financing. The demonstration projects aim to create positive changes in the local governments involved. They also help the LGAs to exemplify or advocate for policy and legislative changes, and to provide examples of best practices to be disseminated to other local governments in the country and the region.
The delivery of technical assistance to local municipalities by volunteer Canadian municipal practitioners is at the core of this FCM project.
|This is a new feature, part of CIDA's efforts towards increasing transparency. Information will only be available for projects approved after October 15, 2011. For other projects, information on expected results is usually included in the description.|
|Progress and Results Achieved|
|Results achieved as of March 2012 include: twenty-five Canadian municipalities were mobilized and provided technical assistance in designing twenty demonstration projects with twenty-seven local government partners; training on various aspects of local economic development reached 675 people (27% women); four local government associations in Africa completed an initial policy research on priority issues in local economic development; four completed their economic development strategic plans and three strengthened their women’s caucuses. All seven local government associations have developed a better understanding and knowledge of local economic development and of their leadership role in it. These are helping them play a key role in developing an enabling environment for good governance and gender equitable economic development at the national level.|
|Contracts, Grants and Contributions|