Pre-conference events


13-14 May CLGF Research colloquium (by invitation)

13-14 May EU-PLATFORMA Africa regional seminar (by invitation)

13-14 May Commonwealth Local Government Young People's Forum (by invitation)


Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2013


Tuesday 14 May

Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2013: Opening ceremony

MOC:: Basil Morrison, Local Governemnt Commission, New Zealand
Chairperson: Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Local Government, Uganda

Introductory remarks

  • CLGF Secretary-General, Carl Wright

Welcome remarks

  • Mayor Lawrence Yule, CLGF Chairperson
  • Cllr Odok Peter W'Oceng, President, Uganda Local Governments Association
  • Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Local Government, Uganda

Video message: from

  • HE Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General

Welcome address

Strengthening the East African Community through developmental local government

  • Dr Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General, East African Community

Keynote address

Local government - providing a voice for people across the Commonwealth

  • HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka

Inaugural address

Local government at the heart of development in Uganda

  • HE President Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda

Vote of thanks

  • Hon Teima Onorio, Vice-President, Kiribati
19.30 Opening reception and opening of exhibition in the flagmast garden. entertainment by the Ndere troupe.
Wednesday 15 May 2013

Plenary 1 Developmental local government: an introduction

The session will introduce the theme of developmental local government and reflect on the policy, institutional and implementation challenges of ensuring that local governemnt effectively meets the needs of local communities.
Chairperson: Mayor Lawrence Yule, Chairperson, CLGF

Perspectives on developmental local government 

  • Dr Philip Amis, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Hon Yunus Carrim, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa
  • Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Vice-President, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Hon Dr Didas Massaburi, Chairman, Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania
  • Mayor Brad Woodside, National Board of Directors, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Samuel Kavuma, Regional Chairperson, Commonwealth Youth Caucus - Africa

Plenary 2 Democratising local development

The session will explore the importance of establsihing political support and setting the institutional framework for decentralisation and effective local democracy.
Chairperson: Cllr Philip McPhee, Vice-Chairperson, CLGF



  • Hon Emerine Kabanshi, Minister for Local Governemnt, Housing, Early Education and environmental Protection, Zambia
  • Rev Mpho M W Moruakgomo, President, Botswana Association of local Authorities and Vice-President UCLGA
  • Amitav Banerji, Director, Political Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus, Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Keynote speaker:

The complex dial;ogue: improving inter-governmental relations and community enegagement for better local development

  • Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat and UN Under Secretary-General

Working groups 1-5

These sessions will provide an opportunity for delegates to explore the conference theme in more depth. Themes include:

  • National policy making to encourage developmental local government
  • Effective decentralisation for a more development approach to local government
  • Leadership - a key component in developmental local government
  • An inclusive approach - developmental local government for democratic empowerment
  • Innovative financing for developmental local government
  • Developmental local governemnt in small states

Plenary 3 CLGF report on activities

report by Carl Wright, CLGF Secretary-General


CLGF regional meetings

Africa - East; West; Southern
Associate members


Carnival gala evening

Thursday 16 May 2013

Plenary 4 Developmental local government’s: providing leadership for social development and economic growth

The session will look at the leadership role of lcoal government as a community leader, able to galvanise a cross-section of stakeholders to acheive sustainable economic growth and social development; and the role of councillros and MPs in representing and speaking up for their communities locally and with other spheres of government.
Chairperson: Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Local Government, Uganda and Vice-chairperson, CLGF



  • Hon Noel Arscott, Minister ofLocal Government and Community Development, Jamaica
  • Michele Dominique Raymond, Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Humanitarian Affairs, ACP
  • Myn Garcia, Deputy Director, Commonwealth Foundation
  • Cllr Thabo Manyoni, Chairperson, South African Local Government Association
  • David Burrows, Managing Director - EMEA, Government, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft

Keynote speaker


Local democracy and accountability - a central pillar in improving service delivery, local economic growth ad sustainable development

  • HE President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

Presentation of report on Assessment of local democracy and good governance in Rwanda to President kagame by Hon James Musoni, Minister of Local Government, Rwanda; Carl Wright, Secretary-Geenral, CLGF;  and mayor Justus Kangwaje, President, RALGA



Working groups 6-10


Plenary 5 Local government’s role in global development and tdelivering the Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP post-2015 consultation with local governemnt stakehodlers

An opportunity for CLGF members and other conference delegates to feed in their views on the global development agenda post-2015. 


Keynote address

Local government; providing a democratic voice and local accountability, delivering basic services and a key partner in setting the agenda to achieve sustainable development post 2015

  • Rt Hon Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

Panel session

Panel discussion. Panellists include:

  • K Schmidt, DG Development, EU COmmission
  • Hon Jose Tsamve, Vice Minister of State Administration and Local Governemnt, Mozambique, representing AMCOD
19.30 Reception
Friday 17 May 2013

Plenary 6 Consideration of conference recommendations and the way forward

Discussion of the recommendations by a panel of CLGF Board members

Keynote address


Closing session

Announcement of 2015 CLGC host winning bid

Closing remarks

  • Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Local Governemnt, Uganda
  • Cllr Odok Peter W'Oceng, President, Uganda Local Governments Association
  • Mayor Lawrence Yule, CLGF Chairperson

Closing address

  • HE Edward Ssekandi, Vice-President, Uganda

followed by

CLGF General Meeting

for CLGF members (and by invitation)