Energising local economies: Partnerships for prosperous communities Closing Session: Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2011 Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General At a time when........ • Worrying economic/natural disasters/political developments. • Impact of local and national political agendas • Impact of financial delivery, confidence and facilitation in delivery mandate. • Opportunity for better coordination, benchmarking and policies. • Theme response: Partnership, sustainability(energy), Prosperity. The Commonwealth and Millennium Development Goals An explicit strategy to realise the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Gender Basic equity education Preventive education about HIV/AIDS Child and maternal health Global partnerships Happening successfully on the ground different needs/different communities freedom and flexibility at local level stronger and more visible leadership frameworks, systems and incentives pubic service- investment The Power of CLGF • Large representative Body • Central government and academic research • Complimentary role to Commonwealth Secretariat • Public service/citizen/community interface • Endorsement by Commonwealth Heads of Government of the Aberdeen Agenda. Yet, the benefits do not happen automatically Policy proclamations do not implement themselves Commitment to good governance and development. Strengthening fundamentals of democracy, consultation and engagement. Concurrency of legislative powers, education etc Challenges of equity, one government, socio-economic developments, standards and framework for delivery. Primary building blocks Cooperative Government. Balance of resources/ interests/ non-compete Financial viability: national vs local/ Consultation, Coordination, mutual support. Enhanced Participation in decision making Equitable share of national assets. Closer, constructive and dynamic stakeholder engagement. The challenge How do we move beyond communiqués and policies to concrete implementation and demonstrated outcomes? Ability to deliver clean, good and effective government. Managing expectations, Private public partnerships, Innovation, Delivery. The challenge Women: Agents of Change SG Comments and update on the EPG Relevance to membership, democracy, development, visibility, impact. Greater role in conflict resolution, respect and understanding Next CHOGM Perth, October 2011 Vulnerability of small states, Youth, Gender, Human rights mainstreaming. Finally Mobilisation and operationising outcomes Best Practice, Shared experiences Local development as driver for political stability and governance Models for engagement and sustainability Inclusive development Last met in Botswana, Now in Cardiff, may I guess next is Dominica. Support and engagement of Comsec.