Annual Update 2019 VNG International

Building More

Effective Public


by strengthening

local government

What makes people satisfied about their local government? The answer is easy: make sure public services like waste collection and the provision of drinking water are functioning and well-maintained, at an affordable price. If people need official documents, make sure they can get them close to where they live, without corruption or long waiting times. And, rightly so, people want a say in decisions that impact their living environment. They want it to be clean, safe, pleasant.


How to make that a reality, is less easy. Well-defined inter-governmental interfaces are needed, including inter-governmental financial relations that match the division of responsibilities; local councillors who understand their role, and staff who have the skills and attitude to perform; local taxation is crucial for sustained service provision, but also requires accountability and a well-functioning civil registry and land/property registration. This is just a selection from the many issues that we address in our projects in this area of expertise.



Recent / Ongoing Projects

Benin, Local Land Management Support Project

01-01-2015 / 01-01-2019

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: ANCB, Municipality of Dogbo, Municipality Klouékanmè, LID Management



Benin, Technical Assistance for the OmiDelta Programme

01-10-2017 / 30-06-2021

donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands




Benin,  Projet de Modernisation de l'Administration Foncière au Bénin (PMAF)  |  23-11-2018 / 30-11-2022

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Benin

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: MDF/Management for Development Foundation, Kadaster International



Benin, Technical Assistance Towards Further Decentralisation and Community Development in Benin (PDDC)

01-11-2017 / 31-05-2020

donor: GIZ Benin

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: AMBERO Consulting Gesellschaft mbH



Ghana, Tax for Development  |  01-11-2017 / 31-12-2021

donor: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ghana



Morocco, Mission de Conseil pour la Réforme de la Gouvernance Publique au Maroc  |  01-09-2017 / 31-07-2020

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Morocco

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: GFA Consulting Group GmbH, DMI Associates, Thalys Conseil SA



Netherlands, Policy Advice to Dutch Municipalities on
International Cooperation
  |  01-01-2019 / 31-12-2019

donor: VNG, Association of Netherlands Municipalities



Palestinian Territories, Decentralisation of Property Tax
01-08-2018 / 31-12-2021

donor: Netherlands Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority



Palestinian Territories, Area (C) Resilience Development Initiative  |  01-02-2018 / 01-01-2020

donor: Office of the European Representative (EUREP)



Turkey, Technical Assistance for Town Twinning between Turkey and the EU  |  06-04-2018 / 05-04-2020

donor: Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) Turkey

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: WYG Turkey, Project Group Turkey



Worldwide, Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group 2019 UCLG  |  01-01-2019 / 31-12-2019

donor and CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: FCM, Municipality of Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya, UCLG, SKL, VNG



Zimbabwe, Local Authority Capacity Enhancement Project 2

01-03-2018 / 01-03-2020

donor: Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS: Municipal Development Partnership (MDP), Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe, Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe