In fall 2010, VNG International and its implementing partners officially launched the ARIAL programme. The specific objective of the project is to enable Local Government (LG) associations to take part in the dialogue and in the implementation of development policies, in particular with the EU, as provided for by the Cotonou Agreement. In the upcoming three years, the ARIAL programme will organise a wide range of supporting activities to reach this objective.
LG associations in the ACP countries will be invited to participate in, among others, the following main activities:
Capacity building activities for NALG and RALG in the field of communication, lobby and policy development
Support to the establishment of Emerging NALG and RALG
Capacity building of (sub-)continental LG associations
Support in the creation and management of an information network and establishment of linkages between actors at ACP (sub-)continental level
Increased capacity in the field of advocacy vis-à-vis national institutions and development partners (especially the EU).
The programme is currently implementing an extensive assessment of all identified LG associations. The assessments will result in an elaborate state of the art of local government representation in the ACP countries and provide valuable input for the further development of ARIAL support activities that will start in spring 2011.
The project has a duration of 3 years and will be completed in summer 2013. Partners within the project are the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), the Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa (MDP-ESA), le Partenariat pour le Développement Municipal (PDM), the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI) and the University of the West Indies (UWI).
For further information: www.arial-programme.eu