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Basic Information

Project Number:
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Start — End:
2010-08-02 — 2015-11-30



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.


Democratic governance
  • 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%


Expected Results

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Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of March 2013 include: This project is supporting 20 demonstration projects following the completion of 27 local economic development plans. At the local level, 24 new local economic development services were developed and 613 municipal staff, including 22% women, were trained on various aspects of local economic development. They are now applying new skills in areas such as business information exchange (Cambodia), a municipal local economic development unit (Nicaragua), and tourism development (Vietnam). At the national level, seven country program strategies were developed and seven local government associations have completed their capacity building plans. A total of 1,173 local government leaders, including 17% women, participated in local economic development training delivered by or in collaboration with local government associations. This training has contributed to local government associations strengthening their intergovernmental relations, policy development, and member relations and services. For example, gender-disaggregated baseline data on local economic development indicators was collected for the first time in three towns of Bolivia, a diagnostic study of productive capacity and environmental conditions in an Arenal Reserve project was completed in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and five demonstration projects on local economic development planning were completed in Cambodia. At the regional and global levels, Municipal Partners for Economic Development partners are participating in municipal networks that help showcase and share best practices in local economic development from demonstration projects (such as land administration in Vietnam, support for local entrepreneurs in Tanzania and local economic development corridor initiatives in Mali and Burkina Faso),and utilizing their participation in these networks to help develop national policies regarding the role of local governments in development that benefits men, women and youth.

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Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
FCM - Federation of Canadian Municipalities2010-08-02Contribution