CLGFCommonwealth Local Government Forum (UK)
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For the urban sector, there are three categories of local government institutions, including the Nagar Panchayats (Suburban Councils) for the areas in transition toward urban status, the Municipal Councils for small urban areas, and the Municipal Corporations for large urban areas (Montes, 2002; CLGF, 2006b).
In the urban context, the Municipal Councils and Corporations usually have directly elected and nominated councilors as well as directly or indirectly elected mayors (UNESCAP, 1999; CLGF, 2006b).
Each Tehsil/Town Council comprises over thirty members, including all deputy mayors of Union Councils within the Tehsil/Town, and the members from three categories of reserved seats (33 percent of the number of those Union Councils reserved for women, 5 percent for minorities, and 5 percent for peasants and workers) who are elected by all Union Council members within the Tehsil/Town (Reyes and Azizah, 2002; CLGF, 2006c).
CLGF regional director Ms Karibaiti Taoaba said they will work with the Local Government ministry to strengthen capacity building for the municipal councils through training and knowledge sharing.
The MOU sets out that the Ministry and the CLGF continue to strengthen partnership and undertake joint activities in meetings, workshops, technical exchange and strengthen local government service delivery capacity in Fiji.
The CLGF was last held in June 2015 in Botswana with the theme Local government 2030: achieving the vision with keynote speakers: Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, Rt Hon Helen Clark, Administrator UNDP, Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director Mo Abrahim Foundation and Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary SADC.
This round of Royalties for Regions funding builds on the $32million already allocated to CLGF Groupings Projects.
Mr Grylls thanked the Trust for its thorough work in reviewing the CLGF, and stakeholders for the valuable feedback they provided on the proposed changes during the public comment period.