The European Delegation in Togo invited ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida as en expert on decentralization at the Annual General Assembly of the Union of Municipalities of Togo.

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Nicolas Berlanga Martinez, Head of the EU Delegation, welcomed Antonella Valmorbida wishing that her presence in Lomé “will be the start of a strong cooperation between ALDA and the Union of Municipalities of Togo”.

Mrs Valmorbida put forward a strong case for decentralisation and citizen participation, explaining that “these are the tools that solve the problems of a community”.

Sharing ALDA’s 20 years of experience in the field to support the process of decentralization in Togo, she also highlighted that local democracy is an asset in this process. Democracy, with its fundamental election and representation function, enables decentralisation of power to the local authorities. “Responsibility must be local. Mayors and councillors have to be accountable to the citizens who elected them”, she added.

“The constant interaction between local politicians, decision makers, and citizens who are engaged in social life, education and economy is key to Togo’s development”, concluded Mrs Valmorbida.

In the hope that the experiences and practices presented will inspire Togolose stakeholders in their path towards decentralisation and local democracy, ALDA affirms its support to the country, and the EU, efforts.

The European Delegation in Togo invited ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida as en expert on decentralization at the Annual General Assembly of the Union of Municipalities of Togo.

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Nicolas Berlanga Martinez, Head of the EU Delegation, welcomed Antonella Valmorbida wishing that her presence in Lomé “will be the start of a strong cooperation between ALDA and the Union of Municipalities of Togo”.

Mrs Valmorbida put forward a strong case for decentralisation and citizen participation, explaining that “these are the tools that solve the problems of a community”.

Sharing ALDA’s 20 years of experience in the field to support the process of decentralization in Togo, she also highlighted that local democracy is an asset in this process. Democracy, with its fundamental election and representation function, enables decentralisation of power to the local authorities. “Responsibility must be local. Mayors and councillors have to be accountable to the citizens who elected them”, she added.

“The constant interaction between local politicians, decision makers, and citizens who are engaged in social life, education and economy is key to Togo’s development”, concluded Mrs Valmorbida.

In the hope that the experiences and practices presented will inspire Togolose stakeholders in their path towards decentralisation and local democracy, ALDA affirms its support to the country, and the EU, efforts.