United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Local Development Programme


The Local Development Programme (LDP) was initiated as a result of the World Summit on Sustainable Development organised in Johannesburg in 2002, which acknowledged the key role of partnerships between the United Nations, civil society and academia, local authorities and the private sector in the advancement and successful realization of the sustainable development agenda. Since its inception in 2003, LDP has reached more than 30,000 beneficiaries through over 400 learning events.

Our Focus

The Programme offers customized training to meet the learning priorities and needs of local actors in the following areas of local development today:

  • Localising good governance
  • Decentralization and strategic local development planning and project management
  • Localising Green growth and Urban Ecosystem Management
  • Sustainable Municipal Basic Services (water and sanitation, transport, waste management, energy, and more)

Our Training and Knowledge Services

LDP draws from long experience in perfecting appropriate capacity development methodologies for local authorities. The programme offers the following training services:

  • Seminars, Conferences, Knowledge Fairs and Short Courses,
  • CityShare Workshops,
  • E-Learning Courses for Distance Learning,
  • Technical Assistance for City-to-City Cooperation (C2C), and
  • Blended Learning

A large part of the Local Development Programme's face-to-face training workshops, conferences and CityShare Workshops are delivered through The CIFAL Network. Today, there are eleven International Training Centres for Local Actors (CIFALs) throughout the world.

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