Strong local government is critical for nation building. Resilient and effective governance and development at the local level provides the foundation for a strong nation, according to delegates at the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference.

In the conference statement, the Kampala declaration on developmental local government, delegates called on national governments and development partners to ensure that developmental local government is fully integrated into the post-2015 development agenda and local government is properly acknowledged as a global partner at the 2013 UN General Assembly.