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Local democracy - Factsheet by EPD and ALDA

What is local democracy and how can local democracy be promoted, in practice?


The European Partnership for Development (EPD) and ALDA illustrate in a fact sheet what is local democracy and local development and describe some key means with which local democratic governance can be promoted.


To understand what is local democracy is important also to have an idea of how to promote it and to reach the main and key means through which it can be possible.

Some of these key means at a glance are:

- Assigning clear-cut responsibilities to local government;

- Ensuring the accountability of local government;

- Engaging civil society in local decision-making;

- Fostering local participation.


The fact sheet also illustrates the following facts and figures:

- The number of elected local governments in the world’s least developed countries has increased 7% in the last 10 years.

- The EU committed EUR 32m to Local Authorities (LAs) for the 2014-17 period, equalling the funding of LAs for the entire 2007-13 period.

- The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) represents more than 250 LAs, associations of LAs, and CSOs from 40 countries. 


ALDA is part of EPD's Community of Practice, and our Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida sits in its Board of Directors.


Useful links:

European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)

Local Democracy Fact Sheet (PDF)


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