Support for the All Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD)
Title: Project to support the All Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Africa, transnational; headquarters: Cameroon
Partner: All Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD)
Overall term: 2007 to 2014
Decentralisation processes in Africa are combined with efforts to engage in responsible good governance. Decentralisation enables citizens to take part in governmental decision-making processes. It offers opportunities to put democracy into practice at the local level and to use public funds in a needs-orientated and more efficient way. Decentralisation can contribute to improving framework conditions for economic investment, thereby reducing poverty.
The project supports the All Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralisation and Local Development (AMCOD), which was founded in May 2000 and is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. AMCOD is a pan-African forum that promotes social and political reform processes and decentralisation throughout Africa.
The reforms in the African Union (AU) Member States and the political dialogue between them on the subjects of decentralisation, regional and local development are guided by jointly agreed principles and standards.
The project provides AMCOD and UCLGA with strategic support in their organisational and institutional development and with technical and logistical support in preparing and implementing their activities. In so doing, the project benefits from the experience of 19 African countries already supported by GIZ bilateral projects. Networking in dialogue platforms and specialist working groups enables experience to be exchanged between different decentralisation ministries.
Support for AMCOD: The project supports the All Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralisation and Local Development in developing processes and standards for successful decentralisation, in establishing the Secretariat General and in strengthening its management competence.
Results achieved so far
AMCOD has drawn up the draft of an African Charter for Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development. A vote will be taken on this draft at the AU Summit in June 2014. The Charter is to be passed as a pan-African set of rules applying to all AU Member States.
A resolution has been drafted for the establishment of an AU High Council of Local Authorities to represent the interests of cities and local councils. It will be put to a vote at the AU Summit in June 2014.
As a result of an AU resolution, AMCOD is developing a system for recognising and acknowledging special achievements in decentralisation and local development. The aim is to inspire other countries to follow such examples to positive effect.