The Commonwealth Local Government Conference took place from 16-19 June 2015 in Gaborone, hosted by the Botswana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, organised by the Commonwealth local government Forum (CLGF). Running under the theme “Local Government 2030: achieving the vision”, it focused on priorities for local government post-2015 to play its full part in development including improving local governance and effectiveness, promoting sustainable local development, and strategies for inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities. Amongst the over 500 participants were also the President of Botswana, Seretse Khama Ian Khama and Helene Clark, Administrator of UNDP.
The DeLoG secretariat facilitated a working session on multi-level-governance, intergovernmental relations and the role of local government associations. Speakers were Mayor Scean Barnswell, President of the Association of Local Government Authorities of Jamaica, Councilor Mpho Nawa, Vice Chair of the South African Local Government Association and Patrick Mutabwire, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government in Uganda. They all emphasised that all levels of government need to efficiently work together to enable local governments to fulfill their important role in implementing the SDGs. This requires amongst other access to financial resources and capacity development from central government and development partners.