CLGF research colloquium

The CLGF Research colloquiuml took place on 13-14 May 2013 hosted by the Uganda Management Institute, in Kampala, Uganda.

The biennial CLGF research colloquium  was held at the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) in Kampala on the 13 and 14 May, bringing together 40 researchers and practitioners from across the commonwealth on the theme of ‘Which way forward for local government?: capacity building, local economic development and inclusiveness’. The two day discussions, chaired by Dr Philip Amis from the University of Birmingham comprising 28 presentations of research findings and practitioner observations on the following themes:

  •  Urban finance and development
  • Accountability
  • Best practice and lessons
  • Democratic process and politics
  • Improving performance
  • Capacity building
  • Post MDGs and beyond

There was lively and constructive discussion around each theme following the presentations, alongside a discussion on emerging themes and important lessons to feed into the main conference. There were also discussions of how the research community and best support the activities and programs of CLGF: 

The CLGF Research Colloquium is the initiative of the CLGF Research Advisory Group (RAG) made up of CLGF's associate members from universities and institute departments dealing with local government. The first one was held in 2005 and the colloquium is now an established part of CLGF's calendar, taking place immediately before each Commonwealth Local Government Conference.  

The colloquium is for CLGF associate members and invited academics who are actively working in the local government field, to present their work and current thinking in relevant areas. Papers may subsequently be published in the Commonwealth e-journal of Local Governance.

The colloquium:

  • provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of research papers related to the conference theme 
  • allows the exchange of information and ideas on key directions for local governement research across the Commonwealth, and strengthening of collaborative efforts to address these priorities
  • provides research-based inputs to the main conference and to inform CLGF's research work programme and policies.

The Uganda Management Institute (UMI), which hosted the colloquium, is Uganda’s National Centre for training, research and consultancy in the field of management, leadership and administration.

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